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Trump raises the bar for asylum seekers

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It is likely that the U.S will raise the bar against asylum seekers, making it necessary that those actually in need of asylum benefit from it.

According to Reuters, the Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

United States of America is fashioning out plans to raise the bar for asylum seekers to ensure that only those who stand a risk of persecution and those who are likely to be granted asylum are allowed.

It is believed that the new guidelines contained in a draft memo which is yet to be given to field immigration officers, contains such powers that officers has the power to turn back asylum seekers who are “unlikely” to be granted asylum.

The guidance instructs asylum officers to “elicit all relevant information” in determining whether an applicant has “credible fear” of persecution if returned home, the first obstacle faced by migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border requesting asylum.

From all indication, drafting such guidelines are aimed at achieving such goals that making it impossible that faulty claim of persecution can not be allowed to sail through.

The administration’s plan is to leave wide discretion to asylum officers by allowing them to determine which applications have a “significant possibility” of being approved by an immigration court, the sources said.

Reuters reports that in 2015, just 18 percent of asylum applicants whose cases were ruled on by immigration judges were granted asylum.

According to the Justice Department. Applicants from countries with a high rate of political persecution have a higher chance of winning their asylum cases.

A tougher approach to asylum seekers would be an element of President Donald Trump’s promise to crackdown on immigration and tighten border security, a cornerstone of his election campaign and a top priority of his first month in office, the source suggested. 

 

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