ET: NEW YORK–President Donald Trump on April 29 ordered executive branch officials to come up with regulations to toughen the asylum system by streamlining court proceedings, requiring fees to apply for asylum, and prohibiting those who enter the country illegally from obtaining work permits.
The order, issued in a presidential memorandum, is the latest effort in a campaign to address the flood of illegal aliens pouring in through the southern border. A large number of aliens claim asylum and are released into the United States.
The proposals Trump called for would significantly change the asylum system. The officials still need to draft the proposed rules, have them approved by the White House, and go through a number of time-consuming regulatory procedures for the changes to take effect.
Trump administration officials blame faulty U.S. asylum laws for encouraging large-scale illegal migration. Under current laws, authorities can hold illegal alien families who claim asylum for only 20 days.
The vast majority of the asylum claims are ultimately deemed meritless. For every 100 aliens claiming a credible fear of persecution, just 12 are eventually granted asylum, according to the White House. Roughly half of those who claim credible fear never actually apply for asylum.
Trump’s memo gives officials from the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security 90 days to come up with the proposals.
The order calls for setting a fee to file an asylum claim or apply for a work permit. Both the asylum application and the work permit are currently free to file. more here