DHS Proposal Would Deny Work Permits to Asylum Seekers Who Have Committed Crimes

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By NTD Newsroom
November 16, 2019US News

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a list of changes to combat unmeritorious asylum claims and prevent those who have committed crimes from obtaining a work permit in the United States. DHS said the proposal seeks to prevent people people from abusing the system for economic gain.

The changes would make the matter of obtaining work permits a more discretionary process, and would exclude certain categories of asylum seekers from getting work permits.

For other categories of asylum seekers it would simply delay the process of getting the right to work.

The department says it proposed the rule changes in order to limit fake asylum claims. The rules are not meant to affect legitimate claims, but to discourage people from abusing the system.

The regulations would make it harder for those who have committed crimes from obtaining authorization, including those who crossed into the United States illegally before making their asylum claim.

The department is allowing comments on the proposed changes to regulations for 60 days after the document is published in the federal register.

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