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Border Patrol Agents Begin Screening Migrants Who Claim Asylum

In an effort to help manage the immigration crisis, U.S. Border Patrol agents have begun conducting “credible fear” interviews alongside trained asylum officials. Backlogged by the sheer amount of asylum applications being filed at the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees began training Border Patrol agents to help conduct interviews of asylum applicants — a new initiative ...

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Trump Administration Signs Asylum Deal With El Salvador

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan signed an “asylum cooperation agreement” alongside El Salvador’s minister of foreign affairs, Alexandra Hill Tinoco.  The agreement aims for El Salvador to keep U.S.-bound migrants who pass through its country, helping stop the massive flow of illegal migrants from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. Hill Tinoco stressed the new Salvadoran government is pro-American, and is ...

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Immigration Chief Says Rollout Of New Asylum Rule Will Be ‘Measured In Days, Not Weeks’

USCIS acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said that the Supreme Court victory regarding asylum applicants will result in significant changes to the immigration process in short time. Cuccinelli, chief of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, spoke to “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan on Sunday, and touched on what the recent Supreme Court ruling will mean for the illegal ...

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Trump Administration Expands ‘Remain In Mexico’ Program For Asylum Seekers 

The Department of Homeland Security has constructed two soft-sided tent facilities in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas, in order to temporarily process more asylum claims.  The facilities include “state-of-the-art” VTC equipment which allows judges from across the country to video conference in and hear asylum cases being filed at the southern border.  The camps are an expansion of the Trump administration’s ...

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Supreme Court Lets New Trump Asylum Restrictions Take Effect

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The Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration Wednesday to enforce new immigration rules that would deny asylum to migrants who did not seek protected status in a country they passed through on their way to the southern border. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from Wednesday’s decision. The Border Patrol has intercepted approximately 350,000 asylum-seekers from the northern ...

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9th Circuit Court Hands Trump Another Big Victory On Asylum Fight

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed President Donald Trump a major victory regarding his plan to prohibit most immigrants from applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit late Tuesday night rolled back a decision made by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, appointed by President Obama, who had reinstated a nationwide ban ...

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Judge Reups Nationwide Injunction As Supreme Court Weighs Trump’s Asylum Restrictions

A federal judge in Oakland, California, restored a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s new asylum restrictions Monday, while the Supreme Court considers whether the policy can take effect on an interim basis. In effect, Trump’s proposed rule would deny asylum to any migrant who traveled through a third country on their way to the United States without first seeking ...

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Trump Administration To Scrap Deadline On Work Permits For Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers hoping to work in the U.S. may soon have to wait much longer to find out the fate of their applications if a government proposal is successfully implemented. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposal Friday to eliminate the 30-day wait limit when determining whether to grant work authorization to asylum seekers living in the ...

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Federal Court Allows Trump To Reject Asylum Seekers At Border

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A federal appeals court delivered President Donald Trump a limited victory in his bid to reject asylum seekers from Central America and other countries. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration can enforce its asylum ban in a partial capacity, allowing the administration to turn back asylum seekers who passed through a “third” country and ...

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Federal Employees Want Taxpayers to Keep Their Distance

The Washington Post (WoePost to regular readers) recently had a very ominous quote. Sandra Salstrom, a lobbyist for the American Federation of Government Employees, told an eager stenographer, “It seems like if they are successful here, this could just be the tip of the iceberg. We don’t know who’s next.” What inhumane, outrageous and bigoted Trump administration policy has attracted ...

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Details Emerge From Trump’s Asylum Deal With Guatemala

The chief of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) visited Guatemala on Wednesday and Thursday in a bid to persuade the country’s leaders to remain in a recently signed asylum agreement. Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, held a series of meetings with Guatemalan government leaders, and discussed the merits of President Donald Trump’s widely touted “safe third ...

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Homeland Security Committee Chair: US Should ‘Reduce The Flow’ Of Asylum Seekers

Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson suggested the one million unvetted, unapproved asylum seekers in the U.S. were a security risk, saying “we don’t even know where these people are.” Johnson joined another Wisconsin Republican Representative Sean Duffy on his “Plaidcast” podcast Tuesday to discuss the border crisis and America’s tremendous backlog of unprocessed asylum claims. Johnson expressed concern that it’s ...

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Attorney General William Barr Puts Additional Limits On Asylum Claims

Attorney General William Barr ruled Monday that being a member of a family harassed by gangs is not enough to qualify for asylum. In a ruling that will likely block a large number of immigrants from lodging successful asylum claims moving forward, Barr overturned a previous decision made by Board of Immigration Appeals, which found that being a member of ...

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Report: Trump’s Asylum Program With Mexico Is Adding Two Additional Cities

The Remain in Mexico program will reportedly add two more Mexican border towns, the latest sign that Mexico is doing more to mitigate illegal immigration into the U.S. U.S. asylum seekers will soon be able to stay in two additional Mexican border cities as they wait for their claims to be adjudicated in the American immigration court system, according to ...

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