As Dems Decry Trump’s Asylum Laws, Old Footage of Obama Shows How Far They Have Shifted on the Issue

Several Democrats may be surprised to see how far the party has shifted on their standards for asylum since President Barack Obama was in office.

For the past several months, Democrats have been outraged with the Trump administration for their handling of the crisis at the southern border — despite the fact that they denied it was a crisis for most of the year.

When President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he would be tightening up the asylum policies in his administration, several Democrats decried the crack down as an “abdication of American humanitarianism.”

While the Trump administration aims to reduce the number of “meritless asylum claims,” it wasn’t long ago when Obama was expressing the same concern.

In a clip dug up by the Washington Examiner, Obama acknowledged that U.S. asylum laws do not cover those who are looking to escape crime and poverty during White House press gaggle in 2014. The standards for asylum remain much higher than that.

He also acknowledged that it would be better for families to apply for asylum in their home countries, rather than at the U.S. border.

Watch the old footage of Obama:

“Under U.S. law, we admit a certain number of refugees from all around the world based on some fairly narrow criteria. And, typically, refugees status is not granted just based on economic need or because a family lives in a bad neighborhood, or poverty. It’s typically defined fairly narrowly. You have a state, for example, that was targeting a political activists and they need to get out of the country, for fear of prosecution or even death. There maybe some narrow circumstances in which there is a humanitarian or refugee status that a family might be eligible for. If that were the case, it would be better for them to be able to apply in country, rather than take a very dangerous journey all the way up to Texas.”

Obama noted that the second criteria “would not accommodate a large number,” as Americans are seeing today.

As IJR previously reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has a bill that would require migrants apply for asylum in their home country, among other changes to U.S. asylum law, to address the crisis at the border.

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Patti Harrison

The demoncrats are so blinded by their hatred for President Trump that they cannot remember that Obama did the same thing talking about the illegal aliens who are requesting refugee status! Such a sick double standard! Tired of there people getting away with it!

MariaRose Randazzo

Unless anyone else but Trump says this is a problem, it doesn’t exist for these people who are so narrowminded.


Amazing how these new progressive leftists make Obama look like a moderate centrist. I think that’s the intent, though: push every issue to the extreme, so that a less radical compromise seems acceptable. Even if these radicals don’t win, they succeed in desensitizing the public to extreme viewpoints.

william jackson

D-RATs—-most disgusting people on the planet—-liars and hypocrites. Would do/say anything for the party line—-just disgusting!


>Screwtape< Reading your comments here – – Ah, I don't remember writing that. But it sure does sound like something I would be in favor of and had written. Until this "manufactured crisis" is sorted out at the Southern border, I don't understand why Trump just does not close the border. HE is obligated under the Constitution to protect the citizens of the United States; NOT every sick, criminal or low-life Jorge, Juan and Rosalie walking, crawling, swimming, driving or being carried up to the border of OUR Sovereign Nation wanting in. Illegal Alien Invaders have NO RIGHTS in our… Read more »


Easy solution to the swarms and caravans. Turn each and every one back immediately. This includes the children that the infanticide-supporting Left is suddenly so concerned about.

Do not let them pass “Go”. Do not detain or separate them. Tell them apply. LEGALLY. At the point of flamethrowers and rifles. Torch a few who’ve been caught a 2nd time with each group just to prove you’re serious or they won’t believe you (demonstrations and word-of-mouth pay for themselves). (remember these people believed El Norte is the promised land with free everything)





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