Trump gives immigration officials 90 days to implement stricter asylum rules

Trump gives immigration officials 90 days to implement stricter asylum rules

Trump's memo says the price would not exceed the cost of processing applications, but officials did not immediately provide an estimate for what that might be. He said the objective of the new norms is "to strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process". The requests include imposing a fee for making an asylum request and barring people who tried entering the country illegally from getting a work permit until their case is adjudicated. The large majority of asylum-seekers eventually lose their cases but can live in and work in the United States for the months or years it takes to process their claims.

Trump derided the current immigration laws as "weak, ineffective and unsafe", but he has made little effort to work with Congress to change them.

The U.S. attorney general has already the authority to require asylum applicants to pay fees, but there is now no charge, the Washington Post explains. He also says Trump's memo didn't indicate a timeline for the project. "The Trump administration has had their hand slapped numerous times by the courts, and I suspect that this time will be no different". "It's not like asylum seekers want to sit here in limbo forever". "They have labs nearby where they make drugs to sell into the US Mexico, one of the most risky country's in the world, must eradicate this problem now".

If they make it over that hurdle, they can apply for any type of relief that's available to them.

In addition, the USA president called on Homeland Security to reassign immigration officers and any other staff "to improve the integrity of adjudications of credible and reasonable fear claims, to strengthen the enforcement of the immigration laws, and to ensure compliance with the law by those aliens who have final orders of removal".

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As it released Trump's memo, the White House included a sheet of statistics and arguments to bolster its case. It's not only the uptick in illegal border crossings that's raised issues for the Department of Homeland Security, however; it's also the shift in population - from single men to families and children predominantly from Northern Triangle countries. "As a result of loopholes in United States immigration law, migrants claiming fear are often released into communities across the United States, where they often remain indefinitely".

"Critics say those changes" - Trump also seeks to deny work permits to those who enter the country illegally and require asylum cases to be decided within 180 days, a huge task given the perennial and growing backlogs at the border - "would unfairly punish the most vulnerable people in the world, those who are fleeing violence, poverty and food insecurity as Central America is gripped by a widespread, persistent drought", they wrote.

Trump's Monday memo follows Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan earlier in the day approving to send an additional 320 military troops to the U.S. -Mexico border.

Whatever the final language of the proposed regulations, they are likely to be challenged in court. His administration, however, is making it more and more hard to do just that.

"There's a reason that we give people work permits while they are waiting for asylum, so that they can support themselves and don't have to be depending on government assistance during that time", Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission.