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AILA Doc. No. 19012237 | Dated January 22, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC - A bill slated for introduction in the Senate contains money to build President Trump's permanent border wall, but according to experts at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), it also includes many extreme provisions that go far beyond what the president laid out in his speech on Saturday.
AILA President Anastasia Tonello noted, "Given the importance of border security and the unnecessary strain the shutdown is putting on the United States, we were hopeful an actual good faith proposal to reach a compromise on immigration and border security would be put forward. Unfortunately, what we got is a non-starter. In his speech on Saturday, the President promised to provide humanitarian solutions. This bill provides the opposite. It all but eliminates asylum for children from Central America, and instead of offering meaningful protections for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)-holders, this bill provides fragile protections for a narrow segment of these groups - protections that have been repeatedly criticized and withheld by the administration. This bill is not a credible offer and it does nothing to help end the government shutdown."
Benjamin Johnson, AILA Executive Director stated, "Never has the adage 'the devil is in the details' held so true. In this case, the details lock out TPS-holders from Africa and other countries, and immediately gut existing protections for Central American minors while promising a limited opportunity for in-country processing that would take a minimum of 8 months to stand up. Of course, it also includes the needless and wasteful wall funding, more detention beds, and the additional border patrol and ICE agents that was anticipated. This is a terrible bill. We renew our call to the President and lawmakers to immediately reopen the government and begin good faith negotiations on immigration."
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19012237.