New information coming from the Trump administration indicates that President Trump’s recent plans to increase restrictions on the asylum process could include a possible fee for those seeking to request asylum.
The move would also prevent migrants who entered the United States illegally from being allowed to obtain work permits, pending their cases, and comes as yet another of the administration’s attempts at overhauling the much-maligned existing system.
A memo released on Monday night stated the policy will “safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process,” which President Trump said “undermines our nation’s security and sovereignty.”
With the continued escalation of illegal migration at the US-Mexico border a top priority for 2020 voters, President Trump has increasingly sought to address the rapidly increasing numbers of migrants as the upcoming election draws near.
From The Daily Caller:
The Trump administration proposed a policy that slaps asylum applicants with a fee and places greater restrictions on their work permits.
In a memorandum delivered to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Monday night, President Donald Trump asked to move forward with new asylum restrictions. 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 directive also seeks to expedite the asylum process by requiring immigration courts to settle cases within 180 days.
“The purpose of this memorandum is to strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process,” read a portion of the memo from Trump, who added that the “security and humanitarian crisis” at the U.S. southern border “undermines our nation’s security and sovereignty.”
The White House has not yet established a specific fee for asylum claims, and the memo does not ask that the orders be followed on immediately. Officials have been given a 90-day window to formulate a game plan.
The memorandum comes as the number of illegal migrants appearing at the U.S.-Mexico border has increased dramatically in the past few months. Over 103,000 foreign nationals were turned back or apprehended at the border in the month of March, marking the highest month in over a decade. The 2019 fiscal year has already surpassed the previous fiscal year in nationwide apprehensions — and it’s only halfway over.