American Immigration Council's Benjamin Johnson meets with students

The Society for Asylum and Immigration Law (SAIL) hosted Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council (AIC) on Monday, September 15. 

Johnson presented an overview on the current crisis with unaccompanied minors and women with children seeking refuge in the United States and the response by the Obama administration. Although various countries around the world have recognized and admitted to a humanitarian crisis at their borders when dealing with an unprecedented number of individuals seeking asylum, the United States has failed to handle the currently staggering number of Central Americans seeking asylum at the border.

Mr. Johnson discussed the lawsuits that AIC has filed again federal agencies for their disregard of unaccompanied minors’ rights as refugees, including a decision to use a higher standard in credible fear interviews for women seeking asylum.