Trump Wants to Extend How Long Asylum-Seekers Can’t Work

According to reports, the Trump administration is planning to create a policy that will extend the length of time asylum-seekers are barred from working. The new plan is intended to serve as a deterrent to those who want to come to the United States to seek asylum.

Under the new proposal, asylum-seekers won’t be able to apply for work permits until they have been living in the United States for at least one year. Under the current guidelines, asylum-seekers are allowed to apply for work permits 150 days after filing their asylum applications. The current policy allows asylum seekers to find work while they wait for their cases to process.

According to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, the policy to limit work is meant to “target Mexican families seeking asylum.” Since May, the number of Mexicans seeking asylum in the U.S. has increased. The rise of Mexican asylum seekers has been attributed to an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that forces Central American asylum-seekers to be sent to Mexico to wait until their court date. However, the agreement also allows Mexican asylum seekers to stay in the U.S. until their case is heard by a judge. By extending the period of time that Mexican asylum seekers can’t work, the Trump administration hopes that more will be deterred from making the trip to the United States.

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has been trying out a range of restrictions on asylum-seekers, such as changing requirements so that those who don’t first claim asylum in another country can be denied, as well as a new rule that will require immigrants to prove they can afford healthcare before they can be approved for a visa.

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