Trump seeks application fee for asylum seekers

The order calls for setting a fee to file an asylum claim or apply for a work permit.

Republican and Democratic administrations have demonstrated that the USA can humanely and fairly process the claims of people seeking asylum, including at the peak of cross-border traffic in 2000 where the number reached 1.6 million annually. But that is not the case.

Most Central Americans seeking asylum say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and many request admission to the USA under federal and global law. As such, they are caught in a triple whammy.

Speaking to the Times, Brané said work permits serve a objective for those waiting for asylum claims to be processed and that the new policies would turn "asylum on its head".

But immigrant advocates say the Trump administration's efforts to restrict asylum protections harms people legitimately seeking refuge from violence and persecution.

The foundation of worldwide refugee law is the prohibition on sending refugees back to face threats to their lives or freedom; it is not reserved for those who can pay.

An impasse between the US lawmakers and Trump regarding funding for the wall on the US-Mexico border led to the United States' longest-ever partial government shutdown recently. The callousness of this proposal is surpassed only by its pettiness.

Mr. Trump also wants to bar anyone who has entered or tried to enter the country illegally from receiving a provisional work permit and is calling on officials to immediately revoke work authorizations when individuals are denied asylum and ordered removed from the country. His 35-yer career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Trump's aspiration to declutter the courts and adjudicate all cases within 180 days is a sensible one. More than 850,000 cases are now lodged in the court system with an average wait time of two years. In a new trend, the aliens are arriving as family units with children.

And he is directing officials to begin charging a fee to process asylum and employment authorization applications - which don't now require payment. The administration has implemented a policy of "metering" how many applications can be processed at legal border crossings.

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.

Monday's memorandum is just Trump's latest attempt to curb asylum protections. "It's not like asylum seekers want to sit here in limbo forever". Instead of further burdening the beleaguered immigration and asylum system, the administration should prioritize common-sense policies, such as investing in infrastructure at the ports of entry, increasing the number of immigration judges and asylum adjudicators, and investing in life-saving and effective foreign aid.

  • Jon Douglas