As an effort to discourage people from entering America illegally and filing asylum claims, Trump’s administration announced a rule that would limit the ability for asylum seekers to obtain employment approval.
The rule was first originated in April’s presidential announcement that stated additional border security and quickly sending back illegal immigrants and asylum seekers to their home countries.
The policy does not change the eligibility criteria for asylum seekers; it lengthens the time that a person will have to wait to apply for employment authorization.
To become qualified to apply for a work permit, it will take asylum seekers from 150 days to 365 days. Those who do not file for asylum within one year of their arrival will be denied a permit and those who crossed the country illegally will be denied asylum altogether.
Officials believe that it will restore the integrity of the asylum system and prevents frivolous applications in the future.
The rule will be put to effect ahead of President Trump’s visit to the southern border to mark the construction of 200 miles of new replacement wall.
Trump also signed an executive order to impose immigration restrictions on various guest worker programs, so Americans can get jobs once the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
To defend this rule, Trump’s administration argues that asylum laws and policies encourage unauthorized border crossings. They allow immigrants to misuse the humanitarian protection to seek employment in America.
White House officials argue that these policies are required to conserve American jobs and prevent outbreaks especially during coronavirus pandemic when tens of millions have lost their jobs.
Other programs that rely on the cooperation of foreign governments. They include bilateral deals to deport asylum seekers to Guatemala for protection and agreements that force immigrants to wait in their respective countries for the duration of their asylum case in America.