This week, the Trump Administration issued a rule which will deny asylum to migrants at the US-Mexico border on the basis that they should have claimed asylum in the first country through which they passed. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed concern, stating that the rule will “...put vulnerable families at risk…. This measure is severe and is not the best way forward.” The UNHCR stated it is “..ready to play a constructive role if needed…” This is where we are, folks: The UN is concerned about human rights in the United States, and is offering to help. Various organizations are calling the move illegal; the rule cites Section 208(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which provides specific, limited exceptions to the allowance of asylum application at the US border. As such, Trump’s blanket denial of asylum application appears to be in clear violation. At what point is Trump planning to go to the Statue of Liberty and wipe out the “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and replace it with a slogan more befitting of what he’s turned us into? Maybe then, everyone can feel the full weight of his policies and what they are doing to our country. 

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