On June 15, 2020, the Trump Administration proposed a new regulation which, if implemented, would gut the U.S. asylum system. This new policy will result in America turning its back on thousands of immigrants every year who flee horrific conditions such as domestic violence and threats due to gender identity and sexual orientation. Women escaping rape and domestic violence and LGBTQ individuals facing deadly attacks will no longer be able to seek safety and protection within our borders.

Under the pretext of “streamlining the asylum process,” the new regulations will instead drastically limit the ability of individuals to obtain asylum. It is the most sweeping assault yet on a fundamental right and will make asylum nearly impossible to win. This is the latest attempt of the Trump administration to rewrite immigration law in contravention of our nation’s longstanding tradition of being a beacon of hope and freedom in the world.

The public has 30 days—until July 15—to comment on this proposed rule. Please add your voice in opposition to this attack on asylum. More weight is given to unique comments so please use the bullet points below to craft your own letter.

Thank you for taking your time to help save asylum.

Read KIAC’s Ray Garrido and Isis Goldberg analysis


We are providing several ways for you to add your voice. All comments must be received by July 15, 2020:

Use the government’s comment form
You can comment directly here
The character limit on the form is 5,000. You can also attach a PDF if your comment is longer. If you need help converting a document to PDF, we can do it for you.

Use the CLINIC comment form
Go to this link to customize CLINIC’s comment

Use the Tahirih Justice Center comment form
They have created a comment template addressing the danger this proposed regulation poses on survivors of gender-based violence seeking asylum protections. You can use their form here.

Mail a letter to the Department of Homeland Security
The letter must be postmarked by July 15, 2020.

Lauren Alder Reid, Assistant Director 
Office of Policy
Executive Office for Immigration Review
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1800, 
Falls Church, VA 22041


Dear Ms. Alder Reid

I submit this comment to oppose DHS/EOIR; RIN 1125-AA94; EOIR Docket No. 18-0002 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

  • This NPRM will gut the American asylum system which has been a foundation of our society, offering protection to those escaping danger in their home countries
  • The NPRM seeks to target the most vulnerable of individuals including women fleeing domestic violence and LGBTQ individuals fleeing oppressive and life-threatening situations
  • The new rule would impose barriers at every stage of the process making it nearly impossible to  obtain asylum
  • The vast majority of asylum seekers will be turned away and returned to harm’s way
  • Due process is denied under this rule
  • The regulation gives immigration judges and asylum officers great latitude in throwing out asylum requests as “frivolous” and to deny applications without a hearing.
  • The asylum system will likely become available only to those with substantial mean to obtain legal counsel




DACA is safe… for now

At Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, we are heartened that the Supreme Court today rejected the Trump Administration’s attempt to end DACA. The Court found that the administration did not follow the necessary legal procedures in attempting to end the program.

This is welcome news for the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients in the country and for the hundreds in our local communities. The decision means that the protections provided by DACA will stay in place, at least temporarily.  Dreamers can continue with the myriad ways that they contribute to our communities.

Just yesterday, we received a call from a DACA client who was in tears because she had just gotten a job as a kindergarten teacher and was fearful that a negative Supreme Court decision would mean she would be deported. With this ruling, she will have her dream job.

Today, we are celebrating with our clients and all the Dreamers across the country. The Trump administration’s assault on the Dreamers has been ruled illegal. But we know this is a partial and temporary victory. The assaults on Dreamers and immigrants will continue.

We call on Congress to pass legislation to make this official. Dreamers ARE Americans!

The fight is not over.  We thank our community for supporting these brave young people, and we honor them for their resilience.

In solidarity,
The KIAC Team

Standing up for George Floyd and Justice

We at Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center condemn the murder of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was strangled last week by a Minneapolis police officer.   Derek Chauvin now has been charged with the killing, but we recognize that this was not an isolated incident. Racist violence against black and brown people in America is all too common. Racist policies against immigrants and people of color have become ingrained in our national fabric.

Along with people across the county, we are outraged by this profound racial injustice.  We stand in solidarity with millions who demand justice and change.  It is imperative that as a country, we come together to work for real change that dismantles structural racism, beginning with transparent investigations and accountability for wrongful killings and acts of brutality. It is imperative that the voices of protesters be heard without the threat of further violence.

At KIAC, we recognize the worth and dignity of all people. We believe that change starts at the local level. We work in the West Sound region on behalf of immigrants to assure justice for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or immigration status. Through our work and through our voices, we stand with members of our community who have been directly impacted by oppressive and unjust systems. And we will continue to work for change.

Sally Tellekson, Executive Director

Althea Paulson, Board President

Ray Garrido, Legal Services Director

Annika Turner, Family Services Director

Serving our sisters and brothers in the immigrant community

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