Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below following the Administration’s release of a joint Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security interim rule to change certain asylum policies in light of the caravan of Central Americans headed to the U.S.-Mexico border:

“I applaud the Administration for taking actions within its power to ensure the integrity and efficiency of U.S. asylum laws and policy.  Such action is especially important in the face of groups of thousands of foreign nationals making their way to the United States from Central America.

“Congress has additional work to do in this area.  Changes to our asylum laws are desperately needed in order to ensure asylum is given to those truly fleeing persecution in their home countries. This is why the House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation to improve our nation’s asylum laws, close loopholes, and provide tools to ensure children who make the dangerous journey to the United States alone are returned home safely.”