DHS Proposing to Charge Fees for Asylum Applications

According to DHS briefing documents obtained by BuzzFeed News, USCIS is planning to publish proposed Federal regulations in January 2020 modifying the fee structure for certain immigration benefits.  Most notably, USCIS is allegedly proposing to charge $50 for asylum applications and an unspecified additional amount for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals.  Fees would also be added to asylum-based work authorization documents.  In addition to the new fees, USCIS is purportedly going to further restrict the use of fee waivers.

These are but the latest tactics of the Trump Administration to make immigration inaccessible to a large swath of the population.  Of note, the United States would become one of only four countries in the world to charge for asylum applications.

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