This is why Donald Trump is President. I haven’t thought about this solution.
On Monday, President Trump released a memorandum calling for officials to come up with new regulations within 90 days to ensure asylum seeker applications are adjudicated within 180 days of filing, except under exceptional circumstances. Trump also wants to charge asylum seekers a fee to process their applications.
This is such a great idea. All people wishing to enter the U.S. legally have to pay the visa processing fee, which is non-refundable in the case of a visa not being granted. In the vast majority of cases, asylum requests signify that the applicant believes they can earn more in the US than in their own countries, which would be true if they had a reasonable education and qualifications. This, however, is not a reason to seek asylum.
Here’s the truth. You don’t have to be a Trump supporter to know something has to be done to slow this onslaught. We can’t be absorbing well over 100,000 asylum seekers every few months.
In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to take additional measures to overhaul the asylum system, which he insists “is in crisis” and plagued by “rampant abuse.”
The changes are just the latest in a series of proposals from an administration that is struggling to cope with a surge of migrant families arriving at the southern border that has overwhelmed federal resources and complicated Trump’s efforts to claim victory at the border as he runs for re-election. Most of those arriving say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and many request asylum under U.S. and international law.
And he is directing officials to begin charging a fee to process asylum and employment authorization applications, which do not currently require payment. Trump’s memo says the price would not exceed the cost of processing applications, but officials did not immediately provide an estimate for what that might be.
Trump also wants to bar anyone who has entered or tried to enter the country illegally from receiving a provisional work permit and is calling on officials to immediately revoke work authorizations when people are denied asylum and ordered removed from the country. [Associated Press]
Trump continues his attempt to stop the surge of Central American caravans from seeking to cross into the U.S through Mexico even though he’s getting resistance from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
If these asylum seekers just applied at an embassy or consulate in their home country, there is no cost to file the paperwork. The five grand they pay to smugglers could be used to cover attorney/court costs during the hearings.
Immigrants are being made to believe that poverty is a reason to seek asylum, but it isn’t.
I have zero problems with immigrants seeking asylum if it is based on a legitimate fear, but I do not support it based on poverty. It is not the job of America to make sure you’re not living in poverty especially when we have our own citizens struggling daily because of it. We have homeless individuals struggling every single day of their life, but yet our government has done nothing to improve their situation.
We have veterans, men and women who unselfishly fought for us and our freedom, who are homeless and hungry but yet we have forgotten them on the way. Before we can take care of immigrants from other countries suffering from poverty we absolutely must take care of our own.
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