WASHINGTON (TIP): President Donald Trump is calling for his administration to restrict the asylum process for ‘protecting the integrity of our asylum system and responding to the humanitarian and security crisis at our border’, the White House says.
Trump has signed a Presidential Memorandum April 29 to ensure legitimate asylum-seekers can access asylum while more efficiently processing and removing illegal migrants who are not eligible and who do not qualify.
“The biggest loophole drawing illegal aliens to our borders is the use of fraudulent or meritless asylum claims to gain entry into our great country”, said Trump.
The President is directing his Administration to propose regulations to:
Streamline the court proceedings for aliens who pass initial fear determinations.
Adjudicate all asylum applications in immigration courts within 180 days of filing.
Require fees for asylum applications and work permit applications.
Bar aliens who have entered or attempted to enter the country illegally from receiving provisional work permits prior to being approved for relief.
Immediately revoke the work authorization of aliens who receive final removal orders.
The President is directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to reprioritize the assignment of immigration officers to improve the integrity of credible fear adjudications, strengthen law enforcement, and enforce removal orders from immigration judges.
According to White House statistics, US immigration system has reached a breaking point as we continue to see an overwhelming surge of migrants, with more than 100,000 arriving at our border in March alone. As a result of loopholes in United States immigration law, migrants claiming fear are often released into communities across the United States, where they often remain indefinitely. In order to remain in the country, they often fail to show up to court hearings, fail to file an asylum application, or fail to comply with removal orders once their claims have been denied.
The White House further states that illegal migrants with meritless claims have used the asylum system to enter the US illegally and remain here indefinitely.
On average, out of every 100 aliens subject to expedited removal who claim a fear of persecution, only about 12 will ultimately be granted asylum. Around half of all aliens who make a credible fear claim and are subsequently placed in removal proceedings do not actually apply for asylum.
The number of aliens who do not show up to court and are ordered removed in absentia has soared, with 17,200 removal orders issued in absentia in the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019.