08 May 2019

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1


With the aim of making it harder to seek asylum in the U.S., the president issued a memorandum on 29 April 2019 ordering "Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System." As this Immigration Impact blog post notes, "These new rules would accelerate court hearings, limit options for relief, create new fees for an asylum application, and eliminate work permits for most asylum seekers." Read this Vox article for an overview of the four regulations the memorandum seeks to implement. For additional commentary and reactions, see:

Another Salvo in President Trump’s War on Asylum (The Asylumist Blog, May 2019) [text]

"Most Migration to the U.S. Costs Money. There’s a Reason Asylum Doesn’t," Washington Post, 30 April 2019 [text]

New Asylum Limits: A Balancing Act for the Homeland Security Secretary (Lawfare Blog, May 2019) [text]

Parsing Truth from Fiction in President Trump’s Latest Attempt to Restrict Asylum (Human Rights First Blog, April 2019) [text]

"Trump Restricts Asylum Further But Faces Legal and Financial Limits," Los Angeles Times, 30 April 2019 [text]

Other media stories:

"Exclusive: Civil Servants Say They’re Being Used as Pawns in a Dangerous Asylum Program," Vox, 2 May 2019 [text]

"Exclusive: New Training Document for Asylum Screenings Reflects Tougher U.S. Stance," Reuters, 4 May 2019 [text]
- See also related Washington Post article.

"Exclusive: Trump Administration Proposal Would Make It Easier to Deport Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits," Reuters, 3 May 2019 [text]

"Mexican Border Crisis: How Volunteers, Church Groups and NGOs Stepped up to Help Thousands of Migrants," Newseek, 1 May 2019 [text]

"Trump Administration Denies Special Help to Venezuelans Seeking Asylum," The Guardian, 5 May 2019 [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2 (U.S.) (30 April 2019)
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (29 April 2019)
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2 (29 April 2019)

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