Dems Target Trump's 'Remain In Mexico' Asylum Policy

Law360, Washington (November 20, 2019, 8:04 PM EST) -- Three Democratic U.S. representatives on Wednesday decried the human impact of a Trump administration policy requiring asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while they wait for hearings, touting legislation that would remove the program's legal basis.

Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, said he introduced a bill Wednesday morning that would repeal Section 235 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the provision that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cited as authorizing the dramatic change in U.S. asylum policy, which Vela said is "as bad if not worse than" a previous directive that resulted in thousands of family separations.

Previously, asylum-seekers were allowed to...

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