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October 26, 2018

NEW YORK — The Trump administration is reportedly looking at executive action to block asylum seekers and immigrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“It’s disgraceful the Trump administration would even consider what’s being reported. It would mean refusing to protect people who can prove they are fleeing persecution. That would be a huge moral failure and any plan along these lines will be subject to intense legal scrutiny.”

Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, had this reaction:

“Once again, President Trump is insisting on further militarizing our Southern border to rev up his base with fear and false narratives. By sending more troops and considering this executive action, Trump is choosing to vilify and attack people in need of protection. Asylum seekers submit themselves to a process that includes numerous security checks and interviews. Doing away with this system flies in the face of our laws, violates our international commitments, and undercuts what we stand for as a nation.”

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