DNC on Trump Ending Asylum for Victims of Domestic Abuse And Gang Violence

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it will end asylum for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence:

“Cruel. Sick. Heartless. Inhumane. There simply aren’t enough words in the English language to fully capture the depravity of this administration. By ending asylum for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, Trump is attacking some of the most vulnerable people in our society. This decision will affect thousands of families who are fleeing violence and seeking safety for themselves or their children. And it will hurt thousands more victims — especially women – who will be turned away if they seek asylum from abuse and violence in the future.

“Just when you think this presidency couldn’t stoop any lower, it finds a new rock to call bottom. We need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we are becoming as a nation under Donald Trump and Republican leadership. Where is our compassion? Where is our humanity? Where are the American values that have brought together generations of people from all walks of life in search of a common dream for a better future?

“Democrats believe diversity and compassion are our nation’s greatest strengths. And we will continue the fight to protect and expand opportunities for these families and all Americans.”