Trump suggests charging US asylum seekers a fee

President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Monday

Trump has staked his presidency on his insistence that the United States is being overrun by migrants and asylum seekers. His administration, however, is making it more and more hard to do just that.

In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump has proposed charging a fee to process US asylum applications.

The proposals face a potentially lengthy regulatory review and once rules are issued they may be subject to legal challenges. Most of those arriving say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and many request asylum under US and worldwide law.

There were 92,000 arrests of illegal immigrants for illegal entry on the U.S.'s southern border last month, according to CNN.

Migration is largely driven by poverty, corruption, crime and other factors in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador where the bulk of people are coming from.

In addition to setting a fee for asylum applications, which are now free to file, the memo ordered officials to issue rules to ensure claims are adjudicated in immigration court within six months.

USA law already directs the Justice Department to finish asylum cases within six months, but with a backlog of more than 800,000 cases, asylum claims often take years to come to a conclusion.

The president of the immigration judges' union said the goal is not feasible without a significant increase in resources for the courts.

Three of the new policies include adjudicating asylum applications within six months of filing, requiring a monetary fee for applications and/or work permit applications, and it would prevent migrants who have attempted to enter the United States illegally from receiving work authorization before any relief is granted, CNN reported. It was the latest move by top justice officials seeking to reshape legal precedent in the country's US immigration courts.

The new changes have been made as Trump eyes re-election in the Presidential polls due to take place in 2020. His opinion sought to narrow protections for migrants fleeing sexual and gang violence perpetrated by private actors. But seeking asylum, spokesman Charlie Yaxley said, "is a fundamental human right, and people should be allowed to exercise those rights when seeking to seek asylum".

Some immigration activists have condemned the latest move by the Trump administration, including Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission. But they will be incentivized to cross illegally. The policy was blocked by a federal judge earlier this month. [L2N1XU14R] The U.S. Supreme Court declined to immediately overturn that ruling.

The move is the latest by the White House to bypass Congress and tighten immigration laws in an effort to curb immigration and stymie the flow of migrants seeking asylum on the southern border.

It also said that the US "immigration system has reached a breaking point".



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