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Law school opposes Trump administration’s asylum ruling

June 13, 2018

Seattle University School of Law is part of a coalition including 11 other U.S.-based Jesuit law schools opposing the recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that drops asylum protections for victims of domestic and gang violence. 

The law school joined Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology and the Kino Border Initiative in a statement that reads, in part: “As Jesuit organizations and affiliated law professors and advocates serving refugees and asylum seekers, we are appalled at this ill-conceived decision. It is contrary to both U.S. and Catholic values which protect the most vulnerable, including victims of violence and persecution. In the midst of the largest global forced migration crisis in recorded history, with over 65 million people displaced from their homes, we must do more, not less, to address the needs of individuals, families and communities in search of safety and security.” 

It is estimated that the attorney general’s ruling could impact tens of thousands of asylum seekers. 

Click here to read the full statement.