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The Trump administration plans to further restrict the work permit for asylum seekers

The new proposal, which has not yet been finalized and a new interim secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is appointed, would prevent asylum seekers from applying for work permits until they have been in the country for at least one year, officials said .

According to the above guidelines, asylum seekers were able to apply for work permits 150 days after submitting asylum applications, which allowed them to seek employment while awaiting a decision on their case by an immigration judge. Due to a delay in immigration courts, asylum cases currently take approximately two years to be tried.

The policy is expected to be discussed in a meeting on Monday afternoon between Kevin McAleenan, the outgoing interim secretary of National Security, and the heads of US Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies. UU. And the Immigration and Customs Service, according to two of the officials. And it is intended for Mexican families seeking asylum, a demographic group that has increased recently, while the number of Central Americans has declined since May.

BuzzFeed News first reported that the Trump administration planned to deny work permits to asylum seekers. The policy being considered now would slightly soften that plan to deny the ability to apply for work authorization for only one year, but advocates say it would still force immigrants to work in a submerged economy.

The Trump administration attributes the increase in Mexican asylum applications to the inability to enforce MPP, better known as “Staying in Mexico” against Mexican citizens. But Mexicans seeking asylum are allowed to enter the US. UU.

One of the DHS officials said policy advocates believe that prolonging the period in which Mexicans are not allowed to work while they wait for their claim will deter them from coming to the United States in the first place.

In Ciudad Juarez, Mexican asylum seekers face long lines to enter through legal ports of entry into the US. UU., According to a report from The Los Angeles Times, as part of a practice called “measurement” in which only Customs and Border Protection officials allow a limited number of asylum seekers per day. Since 2014, most asylum seekers have been Central American, but the increase in Mexicans indicates that the trend could be changing.

Citizenship and Immigration Services. UU. Respond to asylum seekers who apply for work permits beyond a 30-day window.

With varying success, DHS under Trump’s administration has tried to implement a series of restrictions on asylum seekers, including the inability to apply for asylum if they pass through another country without first claiming it there. 

On Friday, the department announced that Chad Wolf would be the acting secretary of DHS. Wolf is seen by some in the administration as not as hard on immigration as others, including the White House chief advisor, Stephen Miller. But he was one of the first policy writers who separated immigrant children from their parents in 2018

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