The Department of Justice is proposing new rules that would obstruct asylum in the U.S. These rules entail serious new hurdles, including a 12-page application in English and a $50 fee within 15 days (down from 365) of their first court hearing.
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- A 15-day deadline does not give an asylum seeker enough time to obtain legal representation.
- It takes most asylum seekers, even those with a lawyer, weeks to complete an application, deliver fees, and collect medical records, police reports, and other crucial documentation.
- Many people seeking asylum do not speak English, and are more likely to make mistakes that could invalidate the application.
- This new regulation would impact tens of thousands of aspiring Americans each year, and would lead to the deportation of thousands of asylum seekers without a meaningful review of their cases.
- The rule would allow judges to submit their own evidence while diminishing the credibility of key sources, such as independent human rights organizations.
h/t Americans of Conscience Checklist via Immigration Justice Campaign https://immigrationjustice.us/advocacy/ways-to-advocate/take-action-now-tell-the-government-not-to-obstruct-court-hearings-for-asylum-seekers/