LA County Opposes Trump Ban on Some Asylum Seekers

Last month, the Trump Administration took action to prohibit asylum eligibility for certain individuals, without consideration of the dangers they face in their home country. These individuals would be denied asylum eligibility solely because they did not enter the United States at a designated port of entry. In response, Los Angeles County will file a public comment opposing this interim final rule, and file and/or join an amicus brief, opposing the rule, after the Board of Supervisors approved a motion, authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.


“Last month, the Trump Administration launched another attack on immigrants that aims to drastically and unlawfully reduce the availability of asylum for individuals who enter the United States along the southern border,” said Supervisor Solis. “These are women fleeing domestic violence, men eluding gangs, and children escaping poverty. Making this more offensive, the Trump Administration has bypassed normal rulemaking procedures in order to implement these unconscionable changes.”

On November 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department Homeland Security (DHS) adopted an interim final rule which renders individuals ineligible for asylum if they are subject to certain presidential proclamations concerning entry at the southern border. President Donald Trump then signed the ‘Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States’ which suspends entry of noncitizens between designated ports of entry along the southern border for at least 90 days. DOJ and DHS then claimed exemptions from the regular notice-and-comment procedures and the 30-day waiting period required by the Administrative Procedure Act, and the interim rule went into immediate effect.

However, a federal court has enjoined the rule from taking effect until at least December 19, 2018, and the public now has an opportunity to comment on the rule until January 8, 2019.

Today’s motion directs County Counsel to work with the County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to submit a comment opposing the interim final rule, and file and/or join an amicus brief in litigation to oppose the interim final rule. The Office of Immigrant Affairs is also directed to conduct outreach to help asylum seekers obtain legal assistance and other services.

Today’s action marks the 34th immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to create sensitive locations throughout the County, a $3 million dollar contribution to the LA Justice Fund, and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.