Trump administration proposes tougher rules on work permits for asylum-seekers
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is proposing to make it tougher for asylum-seekers to obtain permission to work in the United States while their immigration cases are pending.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Wednesday that a proposed rule would double the time asylum-seekers must wait for a work permit to a year and bar those who crossed a border illegally from applying for the permits at all.
The agency says the rule aims to discourage immigrants who don’t qualify for asylum from seeking it.
- US held record number of migrant kids in custody in 2019
- Judge blocks Trump admin rules for detained migrant kids
- Federal panel rules soap, sleep essential to migrant kids' safety
- Lawsuit: Migrant children molested in U.S.-funded foster care
The public can comment on the proposed rule until Jan. 13.
It is the latest in a series of proposals by the Trump administration aimed at deterring immigrants from seeking asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border.