Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Immigration asylum seekers should pay a fee to apply

Immigration asylum seekers should pay a fee to apply

It then quotes a woman from Honduras who was trying to get into the USA with her 5-year-old son.

The proposed application fee and other changes are the latest in a series of proposals from an administration struggling to cope with a surge of migrant families arriving at the southern border.

Trump has consistently railed against undocumented immigrants.

In a memo directed to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Monday night, the president announced additional measures to enhance order security and strengthen current immigration laws. It said the application fee would not exceed the cost of processing applications, but officials did not immediately provide an estimate for what that might be.

Immigration advocates said the fees could push applicants further into poverty.

Crow says she sees an irony in the administration's latest moves to crack down on asylum-seekers, noting that the US has recently cut off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras - a move that's unlikely to improve the quality of life in countries that are among the biggest producers of people seeking asylum. "In Proclamation 9844 of February 15, 2019, I declared a national emergency to address the security and humanitarian crisis at that border".

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned in early April amid Mr Trump's increasing frustration over how many Central American families were crossing the US-Mexico border. He said the White House would send a supplemental request for funding, along with some legislative suggestions.

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In recent days, New York Times commentator Thomas Friedman has penned a column backing Trump's border wall and his demand for a "merit-based" immigration system and Bernie Sanders has denounced "open borders" and warned of a flood of impoverished people coming into the United States, supposedly threatening the jobs and wages of U.S. workers. Agents and officers don't have the resources to hold, process or properly care for them.

Most of those arriving said they were fleeing violence and poverty, and many requested asylum under United States and worldwide law.

REDUCING ASYLUM FRAUD: Illegal migrants with meritless claims have used our asylum system to enter our country illegally and remain here indefinitely.

Ironically, he says the number of asylum-seekers and others coming to the southern US border continues to grow.

Border apprehensions have continued to increase.

"T$3 he idea that we will charge asylum seekers a fee to seek refuge from persecution, torture, or death is offensive and counter to our values", the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted. Can you imagine Bangladesh or Lebanon setting up bureaucrats with cash registers at their borders to charge fleeing Rohingya or Syrian refugees for the right to seek asylum? These interviews are conducted to determine if migrants' fears of injury or death in their home countries are credible, allowing them to proceed and present their asylum cases before an immigration judge. The large majority of asylum seekers eventually lose their cases but can live in and work in the United States for the months or years it takes to process their claims.

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