Trump Orders New Constraints on Asylum-Seekers, Including Fees and Work Restrictions


He highlighted the administration's attempt to bar individuals from being able to claim asylum if they entered the US through the southern border without going through an official Port of Entry, the "Remain in Mexico" policy, which sends certain asylum-seekers to Mexico to wait while their cases are being adjudicated in the USA immigration court system.

President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum to make changes to the current system processing asylum applications.

President Donald Trump directed immigration officials to apply new strict regulations on migrants attempting to enter the United States via the U.S. -Mexico border.

The memo also proposes regulations to require almost all asylum applications to be decided in immigration court within 180 days of filing, not including appeals.

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.

Mr Trump also wants to bar anyone who has entered or tried to enter the country illegally from receiving a provisional work permit.

Under the current system, asylum seekers who enter the U.S. both legally and illegally are allowed to work while their claims are processed.

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The order also requires that all cases in immigration court be settled within 180 days.

NPR notes that the Immigration and Nationality Act 'already includes a provision that permits the impose fees on foreign nationals seeking asylum or work authorization.' Of course, the circumstances which propel many to the border are an entanglement of social and economic. The Department of Justice oversees the nation's immigration courts.

The president also promised to fix asylum laws. "They have labs nearby where they make drugs to sell into the US Mexico, one of the most unsafe country's in the world, must eradicate this problem now". Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security asked for more money to handle the surge of migrants.

He called on officials to immediately revoke work authorizations when people are denied asylum and ordered removed from the country. A spokesman said that seeking asylum is an internationally recognized fundamental human right. The firings included the dismissal of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who had implemented all of the administration's attacks on immigrants' rights but reportedly balked at resuming the forcible separation of immigrant children from their parents and carrying out measures that directly violate the law.

The memorandum did not mention the cost of the asylum application.

The memo also notes that immigrants who enter the US illegally will be barred from employment status or protection of removal from the country. Any fee, however, will likely be a huge deterrent: The definition of an asylum seeker is someone fleeing their home country due to a credible fear of persecution or torture.

In March, 92,607 migrants were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the majority being family units. Trump tweeted on Monday evening after the new guidelines were announced. Intelligencer speculates that the president is testing the limits of federal judges by usurping powers that've always been left to the legislature.