Congresswoman Escobar Statement on Proposed Asylum Changes
Jerusalem, February 22, 2023
Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) released the following statement after the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a notice of proposed rule on asylum eligibility:
“I am disappointed that the Biden Administration is choosing to limit access to asylum, which is one of the few remaining legal pathways many migrants have for fleeing violence and seeking refuge in our country. Seeking asylum at our border is an established right and the last thing we should compromise.
“In the past, I have commended the Biden Administration for their efforts to expand legal pathways for asylum seekers while working to restore full asylum access at our ports of entry, but the policies outlined in the proposed rule are a step backward. The Administration continues to utilize policies focused on migration deterrence, but if we have learned anything over the last three decades, it’s that deterrence policies aren’t a solution.
"Since the announcement of new parole programs and the launch of the CBP One app, I have raised concerns with the administration about the application’s limitations and usability concerns, as well as the impact this new requirement may have on families that do not have the means to access the app.
“The challenges posed by immigration do not fall on the Executive Branch to solve alone. Congress must do its job and legislate, and I am eager to work with my colleagues toward legislative solutions that will address our challenges at the southern border.”