Congresswoman Escobar Introduces Legislation to Establish a 21st Century Asylum Process
Washington, D.C., October 20, 2021
This critical legislation establishes a humane and equitable asylum process designed for America’s immigration realities in the 21st century.
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) introduced H.R. 5618, the Reimagining Asylum Processing Act. This critical legislation establishes a humane and equitable asylum process designed for America’s immigration realities in the 21st century.
“For decades, our nation’s response to increased migration has relied on militarizing border communities like El Paso instead of addressing root causes and improving the legal systems and regulations to which we subject asylum seekers. That approach has been costly and ineffective, and a lack of reform has resulted in a backlog of asylum cases, cluttered immigration courts, impacted the operations of agencies like U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and subjected countless migrants to due process violations simply for seeking asylum – a human right,” said Congresswoman Escobar.
“This is unacceptable and must change. My Reimagining Asylum Processing Act – written in consultation with immigration advocates and legal experts to meet the needs of today – will ensure a humanitarian asylum process that treats asylum seekers with dignity, provides them with important resources, and allows for much-needed oversight. This legislation is one component of what needs to be a multi-faceted approach to ensuring we have a functioning immigration system, effective management at the southern border, and security without sacrificing our humanity as a nation.”
The Reimagining Processing Asylum Act establishes a humane and equitable asylum process by:
This legislation builds on Congresswoman Escobar’s efforts to fix our broken immigration system, improve our nation’s economy, and provide solutions to address the root causes of migration.
To view the bill text the Reimagining Processing Asylum Act click here.