Why I Quit My Job Carrying Out Trump’s Immigration Policies | NYT Opinion Why I Quit My Job Carrying Out Trump’s Immigration Policies | NYT OpinionI started up the Asylum Office in September 2017 believe to be illegal and immoral. Ultimately, I have to voice medicine and I didn’t think of myself as a whistleblower, but I guess I guess I am not qualify for Asylum, how to process the legal Asylum applications or country in Mexico policy chance of being persecuted in your home country, but with her Man in Mexico, the level of proof that we are requiring people to show that they would be harmed in Mexico much much much much higher for migrant has to show that it’s more likely than not real phone line. That’S disconnecting actively denying them access to a lawyer, not given them any time to rest, not giving them any chance to gather produce evidence. Everybody fits a new. I was just another individual that was Professor office. Much weaker. Sorry for not pushing you further Asylum officer. I heard stories from other Asylum officers were they interview, people who were literally rapes by the police in Mexico and then the supervisor we’re saying that’s not enough that you haven’t shown, maybe that you can’t move somewhere else in Mexico. So, even though you can still, I was very sad and angry at the same time, because what is what is the purpose of this? It was like this little window into how bad things happened in the world. This is how you get a group of good people and slowly pivot them to do this, isn’t a partisan issue who we are as Americans right. This is a question of whether we continue. We continue to shut our door on people in need and to reject individuals that we say we’re going to accept on the Statue of Liberty or, if we brace the ideal of America A former asylum officer says “remain in Mexico” and other policies undermining asylum aren’t just racist, they’re illegal.
In the Video Op-Ed above, a former asylum officer reveals why he resigned: to protest President Trump’s policy requiring migrants to remain in Mexico while awaiting hearings.
Doug Stephens had been an asylum officer for two years. But two days and five interviews that resulted in sending asylum seekers back to danger shook him. He drafted a memo detailing his legal objections to the policy, and circulated it to 80 of his colleagues, his supervisors and a member of Congress. And then he quit.
Mr. Stephens is not the only asylum officer who has grappled with following orders. In interviews with a half-dozen current and former asylum officers across the country, The Times learned of individuals leaving their posts, requesting job transfers and falling into deep depression.
The right to asylum has been a cornerstone of international immigration law since the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The United States, along with 144 other nations, made a commitment to protect those who arrive at our borders with “a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”
To date, Mr. Trump’s remain in Mexico policy, officially known as one of the “Migrant Protection Protocols,” has left nearly 58,000 asylum seekers stranded in Mexico.
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