Matthew Soerens & Jenny Yang :: Will immigration reform hurt or repel people seeking asylum?

  • “I think those are things we have to keep in mind really carefully as we look at legislation,” says Matthew Soerens, Author and World Relief Immigration and Refugee Expert. “We’re very concerned about asylum seekers.” The current immigration system does a poor job of providing opportunities for legal immigration, stopping illegal immigration, or effectively processing asylum seekers.

    Instead, it forces nearly anyone who wants to immigrate to do so illegally, blurring the lines between asylum, trafficking, legal immigration, migration for work, reuniting families, and smuggling. “There are so many connections to trafficking, undocumented immigrants, and immigration in general,” according to Jenny Yang, Author and Director of Advocacy and Policy for World Relief’s Refugee and Immigration Program.

    From The Justice Conference 2012.

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