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New Trump Administration Rule Is a License To Discriminate Against Women

Exclusive: State Department cable shows plan to restrict pregnant people from visiting the US” by Alex Ward and Nicole Narea, Vox, January 22, 2020

This morning, the U.S. State Department put out a final rule—skipping the normal regulatory process of accepting public comments—set to go into effect on Friday, January 24. The rule would encourage State Department consular officials to deny a tourist or business visa to anyone they believe may give birth while in the United States. It does this by creating a “rebuttable presumption” that would require any person whom an official believes may give birth in the country to explicitly prove that they are not coming to the United States for the purpose of gaining citizenship for their child. As such, it gives individual consular officials broad and unchecked authority to discriminate against visa applicants based on gender and age and will likely disproportionality affect women and girls of color. The final rule also erects new barriers to those seeking to come to the United States for critical medical treatment, potentially keeping people from lifesaving treatment. This final rule is the opposite of a fair and humane immigration system.

For more on how to reframe the immigration debate, see CAP’s report: “Restoring the Rule of Law Through a Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration System.”