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Trump wants changes to asylum system

Florida residents may be aware that President Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a top priority. Recently, the Trump administration has called for changes to the way that asylum seekers are processed. Among those changes include a proposal to charge individuals seeking asylum a fee as well as not allowing some to work in the United States. This has drawn criticism from immigration advocates as well as some lawmakers.

The president believes that the current way that immigrants ask for asylum is dangerous and ineffective. He has also stated that seeking asylum is akin to a loophole in the immigration system. The Immigration and Nationality Act does allow the United States to charge fees for those seeking entry into the country. However, those who are opposed to the idea say that it may not possible for most immigrants to pay them.

A representative from the American Civil Liberties Union said that charging immigrants a fee to enter the United States was counter to the country's values. President Trump has also asked for a review as to the integrity of credible-fear interviews. These interviews are the first step in the process of applying for asylum. If an individual's story is deemed to be credible, he or she is then entitled to apply for many different forms of relief.

Individuals who are seeking legal status in America may want to meet with an immigration attorney. Those who are afraid to return home because of violence or political persecution may be eligible for asylum. There might be other avenues than cal also be pursued.

Source: NPR, "Trump Calls For Asylum-Seekers To Pay Fees, Proposing New Restrictions", Laurel Wamsley, April 30, 2019

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