Nessel signs letter opposing Trump asylum rule

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    Attorney General Dana Nessel this week joined 21 other state attorneys general in opposing a Trump administration rule on asylum for immigrants. 

    Nessel attorneys general from states like Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota sent a letter to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The letter pushes the agencies to rescind a rule that aims to block immigrants from seeing asylum at the U.S. border and would reportedly “eliminate nearly all asylum claims at the U.S. southern border.”

    Dana Nessel

    “It’s impossible for us to truly know the trauma and peril facing many who seek asylum, nor can we always be sure of the roadblocks faced when requesting assistance in their home country,” Nessel said in a statement. “To create yet another hoop to jump through for individuals after risking their lives to make it to our country’s southern border is unacceptable.”

    Earlier this week, Nessel joined a group of multi-state efforts opposing Trump administration policies on benefits for immigrants, as well as gun control, the environment and health care.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.


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