Proposed Changes to Asylum Rules Harmful to Children & Families

Save the Children & SCAN Encourage Comments to Oppose Changes that Bear Grievous Harm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2020) – The administration’s new proposed asylum regulations will make it nearly impossible for families fleeing violence and danger to seek safety and asylum in the United States. Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) are urging the public to use their voice and speak out against these egregious changes by submitting a comment to the administration.

“America is a nation founded by and for those seeking refuge. But, once again, this administration is blatantly disregarding our history and founding values, turning its back on vulnerable, persecuted and threatened children and families,” said Mark Shriver, Save the Children’s Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs & Advocacy and President of SCAN.

“The administration’s proposed rules would drastically change who can claim asylum and for what reasons. Girls and women fleeing gender-based violence and discrimination would no longer be welcome. Children and families fleeing gang violence would no longer be welcome. The list goes on. This is uniquely un-American. Seeking asylum is not a crime. This country must remain a refuge for those facing unspeakable horrors. As Americans it’s our moral duty to stand up for what’s right and ensure vulnerable children and families have the futures they deserve by using our collective voice to oppose these outrageous changes,” Shriver continued.

Save the Children, SCAN and its 375,000 grassroots supporters across America continue to advocate for children’s rights at the U.S. southern border. 

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