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Trump Gives Immigration 90 Days for Stricter Asylum Rules

On Monday, President Trump called for stricter asylum rules, giving immigration officials 90 days to implement new policies.

In a memo sent to US Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump demanded implementation of new measures that will to ensure all asylum seekers’ applications are reviewed in a timely manner (within 180 days). The memo also asked for an application fee, as well as employment permits before crossing the border for work. In addition, he wants to prohibit migrants who previously entered the United States illegally from getting job permits until their application for asylum has been granted.

Federal judge blocked earlier policy

On April 8, Federal Judge Richard Seeborg blocked the Trump administration’s policy of returning Central American migrants to Mexico while they wait for their asylum cases to be processed in the US. As a result, between April 18 to April 22, DHS released about 7,000 border crossers and illegal immigrants into the country. DHS is currently releasing about 1,400 border crossers and illegal aliens into the  the U.S. every day.

Trump seeks to control illegal immigration with these new policies, as well as give asylum seekers a swifter time line for their applications to be reviewed. He also pointed to drug cartels and human smugglers as profiteers in the business of illegal immigration. His desire is to put an end to the profit made by these organizations from human trafficking.

Taking advantage of the system must stop

“This strategic exploitation of our nation’s humanitarian programs undermines our nation’s security and sovereignty,” he said.

“The purpose of this memorandum is to strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process,” Trump wrote, “In March, more than 100,000 inadmissible aliens were encountered seeking entry into the United States.”

It is the second memorandum from Trump regarding immigration policy this month. On April 22 he directed  Homeland Security to find ways to limit visa overstays, the Washington Post reported.

The memo follows Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan earlier in the day approving an additional 320 military troops to be sent to the U.S-Mexico border.

Sarah Morton

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