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Rick Larsen for Congress


let's get this straight

The last few weeks have been a test of our American values. The news out of the makeshift ICE detention facilities is absolutely terrible. These families have experienced trauma beyond what most of us can even imagine.

The president and his administration want us to believe that this is "for the good of our people." It's time to get our facts straight.

Claim: The administration has said, people who want to claim asylum should seek it the "right way."

Fact: There is more than one way to come to the United States and claim asylum.

  • An official port of entry: Someone can claim asylum if they approach an official port of entry into the U.S. and present themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Agents.

  • Coming into the U.S. between ports of entry: Someone can claim asylum if they enter the U.S. in between ports of entry and are apprehended by CBP agents. While this is an illegal way to enter the country, the asylum claim is still legal.

  • Even if someone enters the U.S. illegally, they have one year to claim asylum from the date of entry.

  • Defensive asylum: Someone who is in removal proceedings may apply for asylum by filing an application with an immigration judge through the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Department of Justice.

This week, we have two goals: debunking these myths and collecting 300 grassroots donations to ensure that there are leaders in Congress willing to stand up to hateful, harmful statements and policies.

Chip in right now and stand for Pacific Northwest values and the truth.


Posted on June 26, 2018.

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Rick Larsen represents Washington state's 2nd Congressional District. Rick was born and raised in Arlington and his family has called Northwest Washington home for over a century. Learn more.