Weekly News Highlights: 6/14/2021 – 6/20/2021
U.S. Ends Trump Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang and Domestic Violence Survivors
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump placed increasingly harsh restrictions on U.S. immigration policy, including limiting asylum for immigrants which allows them into the U.S. on the basis that they experienced persecution or violence in their home country, as well as reducing the number of legal immigrants coming into America. The controversial issue of where to draw the line for immigration policy has caused wide rifts between the two sides that have fought over it for years. Democrats argue that immigration restrictions should be lifted to provide refuge to the countless people who have experienced persecution in their home countries by allowing them into the U.S. Republicans, on the other hand, understand the need to save those who are threatened in their home country, but at the same time note that not only will this entail the U.S. taking in hundreds of thousands of people, but many will also abuse these asylum laws just to get into the country. Because of these benefits and drawbacks, there is no clear solution to American border policy, as both sides have merit to their argument.
Recently, U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland reversed Trump's immigration laws which has opened up the country to more immigrants and has made it possible for more people to apply for asylum. But that's not all. There are still more adjustments to the current immigration policy that President Biden plans to make, such as creating new rules specifying who is eligible to apply to asylum, and the next few months will reveal if these new rules can make American immigration policy work in both a humane and economic fashion.