President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum that will direct his administration to propose ways to expedite the process for those seeking asylum. It will also expedite the removal of illegal migrants who are not eligible and do not qualify for asylum.
The White House issued a statement listing root causes of the border crisis, and ways the Trump Administration is intending to stop the abuse of the American asylum system on April 29.
The president is seeking to protect the U.S. asylum system, giving those who deserve asylum help, and ending the humanitarian crisis that has been an issue at the nation’s southern border.
Close the Loopholes
The president previously made clear what he thought of the U.S. asylum system. “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,’ he told reporters at a White House briefing on Nov. 1, 2018.
“We’ve issued 40 million green cards since 1970, which means the permanent residency and a path to citizenship for many, many people. But we will not allow our generosity to be abused by those who would break our laws, defy our rules, violate our borders, break into our country illegally. We won’t allow it.”
Those not in agreement with President Trump are not completely aware of how this will benefit asylum seekers.
For instance, The International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that helps asylum seekers, has stated on their website they recognize the humanitarian crisis happening at the southern border of the United States.
However, IRC believes “the surge of families seeking asylum in the United States, recent changes in U.S. policies, and lack of available resources and services at the U.S.-Mexico border are putting thousands of people—especially women and children—at increased risk of danger and exploitation.”
But, there has been little change to policy. The president has been trying to push Democrats to change policies.
In fact, the Trump administration is instead seeking to expedite services to genuine asylum-seekers.
The large increase in asylum fraud cases is slowing the process down at the border and in U.S. immigration courts for those in real need who are considered low risk.
Under Trump, low-risk applicants would still be allowed to apply for asylum, be released into the country, given work permits, and allowed to wait in the United States for their final determination. But at a much quicker rate.
Reducing asylum fraud is one useful and efficient way to speed up the process for genuine cases.
Fraudulent Asylum Seekers
About half of all migrants claiming to be afraid to return home for fear of danger, whom are eventually given orders to return home, do not even apply for asylum, according to the White House.
Worse yet, those caught entering illegally and eventually released into the U.S. do not show up to court and thus orders to be removed has soared. There are 17,200 removal orders of such cases in the first quarter of FY2019 alone. That is triple the 2013 total.
Since Sept. 2018, one out of every six family unit cases filed on special expedited dockets at 10 immigration courts has ended with an in absentia removal order.
Even with in absentia removal ordered, they can still file reopening of their case, extend their time in the country, and continue to file and wait.
Not filing reopening, they live in status as illegal immigrants breaking the law, rather than asylum seekers, and are subject to removal by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Faster, Better Asylum System
The new process will streamline court proceedings for those who pass initial fear determinations. It will process asylum applications in immigration courts within 180 days of filing, rather than the months and many times years that asylum seekers wait.
The new process will also require fees to be paid for those submitting asylum, and work permit applications.
Of note, the proposal will include new regulations that will bar those who have entered the country illegally or have attempted to enter illegally from receiving provisional work permits prior to being approved for asylum.
New regulations would also revoke work permits for those who are required to be removed from the United States.
As of this writing, there are 328,808,818 people living in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2017, there were a record 44.5 Million immigrants—legal and illegal—in the United States, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.