The Trump administration is planning on issuing a rule that states those who enter the country illegally or are convicted of a felony will be denied work visas, according to a new report from The Hill and Buzzfeed News.
The new guidance would reportedly only allow work visas to those who apply for asylum at a legal port of entry.
President Donald Trump signed a memo earlier this year telling USCIS to come up with proposals that limit work permits for asylum-seekers who enter the country illegally.
Buzzfeed News, whose report is based on two “anonymous sources” close to the administration, also reports that the new rule will make wait times for asylum approval much longer.
New official guidance regarding work permits was already issued earlier this week. That official guidance makes it harder for those let into the United States under special circumstances to receive work permits. This tightening of work permit restrictions could add weight to Buzzfeed’s report about this other potential rule.
The rule already in place states that people let into the country for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit” will find it much harder to receive work permits as the ones given out will be under heavier scrutiny.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a public statement that the current tightening of work permit releases is coming down in response to the “national emergency at the U.S. southern border where foreign nationals are entering the United States illegally.” They have not, however, commented specifically on Buzzfeed’s report.
The new potential rule being reported on by Buzzfeed would make the journey of getting a work permit that much harder.
The new guidance about work permits is likely to only further ruffle the feathers of the left, but it only makes sense that someone who has entered the country illegally should be denied a work visa. This is another step in the right direction for the Trump administration in regards to putting some sense into America’s immigration policies.
The new guidance would reportedly stop hundreds of thousands of people who enter the country illegally from being eligible for a work permit.
This also follows the recent announcement that the Trump administration is putting forth clearer standards for people entering the United States to be more “self-sufficient.”
“Public charge is now defined in a way that ensures the law is meaningfully enforced,” acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ken Cuccinelli said in a recent press conference. A “public charge” is now considered to be someone who is “an individual who receives one or more public benefits.”
Applications to enter the United States will take into consideration “age, health, family status, education, and skills,” as well as “financial assets.”
He said the rule “better ensures that immigrants are able to support themselves as they seek opportunity here in America.”
It appears this new guidance is meant to do the same.
Still, there’s nothing the Trump administration can do at this point that the left will approve of.
“Let’s not forget: People seeking asylum are legal immigrants,” Doug Rand, a former immigration official under the Obama administration, said, according to Buzzfeed News. “This proposed rule sounds like another rush job calculated to scare vulnerable people in advance of inevitable lawsuits.”
New guidelines on immigration policies and a crackdown on illegal immigration seem to be having a positive affect at the southern border. The number of migrants captured at the border dropped below 100,000 for the first time in five months.
A total of 82,049 people were encountered in July, which is a 21 percent drop from June when 104,344 people were captured. The July number is also a 43 percent drop from May.
“The situation is improving by every available metric, but, and I want to be very clear about this, we remain at and beyond crisis levels,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said last week.
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