Trump Wants People Applying For Asylum in the USA To Pay A Fee

Trump issued the directives In a presidential memorandum some days ago. He also wants to ban those who illegally enter the country from getting work permits.
President Donald Trump is making the flow of asylum seekers to the United States much more difficult by bringing in a new set of changes to existing asylum rules. According to a newly proposed rule, people will have to pay a fee if they want to want to apply for asylum in the country, something that not many countries have done, reported Washington Post. According to a 2017 report by the Law Library of Congress’ Global Legal Research Center, across the 147 countries that were studied, the “vast majority” did not charge a fee to apply for asylum. Some nations charged fees for temporary or permanent protection visas, though migrants could apply for waivers.

Along with the fee for asylum seekers, Trump also seeks to ban anyone who crosses the border illegally from obtaining a work permit. Courts will also get a 180-day limit to adjudicate on asylum claims, something that otherwise takes years to process due to a huge backlog. Trump issued these directives in a presidential memorandum some days ago, that could also be seen as a step to strengthen his bid to be re-elected President in 2020. The new measures are expected to be implemented in 90 days but are set to be opposed in a court of law. Writing on Twitter, Trump said, “If the Democrats don’t give us the votes to change our weak, ineffective and dangerous Immigration Laws, we must fight hard for these votes in the 2020 Election!” The proposed changes aim to address one of the main aspects of the current problem of asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border - families seeking safe passage using long-standing U.S. asylum protections.
Their numbers have ballooned in the past few months with most of them making their way from Central America due to the vulnerable situation in those countries. Trump's administration has been trying to handle the flow of immigrants but with little success. Just last month the highest number of migrants at over 1000,000, crossed the US-Mexico border in more than a decade. Of these, as much as 60 percent were parents, who have the legal right to request refuge from persecution when they arrive in the United States, traveling with their children.
Trump Wants People Applying For Asylum in the USA To Pay A Fee

The influx has been so much that the government is more or less unable to hold people in custody and process their claims instantly. “The extensive resources required to process and care for these individuals pulls U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel away from securing our Nation’s borders,” the memorandum reads. It also said that it aims “to strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process.”
Trump Wants People Applying For Asylum in the USA To Pay A Fee

Attorney General William P Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan have been given 90 days to propose regulations to change the way asylum cases are handled. One week before Trump announced the latest measures, he had issued a separate memorandum to combat visa overstays. He had sent directives to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security on the matter. The Trump administration has often harped at the issue of undocumented people being one of national emergency.
Trump Wants People Applying For Asylum in the USA To Pay A Fee

Frustrated with the flow of migrants, Trump has branded people seeking asylum as fraudsters and have charged them with making up stories of hardships so that they could game the system. However, a fact to note is that while there are many parameters that qualify one for refuge in the country, they do not include poverty and hopelessness, something that migrants have routinely acknowledged to be fleeing from.