What Are Significant Changes That The Department Of Justice And Department Of Homeland Security Are Proposing To The Current Asylum System In The US?

One of the main changes being proposed right now is a requirement for asylum seekers to pay a $50 application fee, and to pay for your initial employment authorization document (EAD), which is $495. As an asylee, you become ineligible for asylum if you have been in the United States for more than a year, which is one of the biggest changes.

The Board of Immigration Appeals (a division of the Department of Justice) is issuing very strict restrictions. For example, applicants for asylum based on domestic violence have much higher burdens to prove their case. The new eligibility guidelines also make it harder for people seeking asylum because they are targeted by gangs. For example, people fleeing Mexico because of the gang violence used to attempt to cross the border into the United States, and if caught, were kept in parole and would appear in an immigration court to defend their application for asylum. Now, there is a program called Migrant Protection Program, which forces them to stay in Mexico and be bussed in and out of the United States for the immigration hearings. A Board of Immigration Appeals decision ruled that if you miss the bus that takes you to your immigration hearing, you automatically lose your immigration case.

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