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President Trump issues memo proposing to tighten asylum rules

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 29, 2019

    President Trump issued a memorandum which directs the Attorney General and DHS Secretary to 1) develop policies to settle asylum applications within 180 days of filing; 2) require a fee for asylum applications and work permit applications; and 3) bar migrants who have entered or attempted to enter the US illegally from receiving work authorization before any relief or protection is granted. The memo gives the DOJ and DHS 90 days to develop the proposals. [ID #77]

    Presidential memo: Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System
  2. Effective Date

    July 29, 2019

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Proposed
Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Agencies Affected: EOIR USCIS CBP AG

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • April 29, 2019

    There is no fee to apply for asylum.

    Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
  • April 29, 2019

    An asylum seeker is eligible for employment authorization 150 days after filing a complete asylum application, excluding any delays caused by the asylum seeker (such as a request to reschedule the interview) if no decision has been made on the application.

    Asylum Work Policy


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