“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Many of the immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. today are fleeing spousal abuse and targeted gang violence, relying on U.S. law recognizing that in some countries, non-governmental actors are the real danger. No more. The Attorney General has exercised his broad authority to change the standards for asylum claims and today, victims of domestic and gang violence will rarely qualify. Make no mistake. People will die as a result of this decision. In countries like Honduras and El Salvador – the origin of many of the people coming to the U.S. hoping to find a place to build homes and lives for their families – women often are at the mercy of violent husbands, gangs run the streets, and the government does nothing to protect them. But now, even persistent attacks by non-governmental actors will not be enough. Few will be able to meet the demanding standards. After these refugees made the perilous journey to the U.S., the U.S. changed the standards. It is turning its back on these families and returning them to the lawless countries they are desperately trying to escape.
Tom McClintock supports this Administration’s harsh, heartless immigration policies. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.