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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved on Wednesday to bar immigrants convicted of minor crimes in the United States from obtaining asylum, the latest effort to limit protections extended to those fleeing persecution.
The new rule, issued by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, would expand the list of crimes that bar migrants from asylum to include misdemeanor offenses, including driving under the influence, possession of fake identification and drug possession, including having more than 30 grams of marijuana. The administration would also deny asylum to migrants caught crossing the border after receiving a deportation order and those who illegally received public benefits.
The article goes on to state the following:
The policy does not include offenses committed in a foreign country, meaning that it will target those who were convicted of one of the offenses and are returning to the United States for protection or are currently in the country awaiting a decision in their asylum case.
“This administration simply wants to limit legal immigration, and they’ve been very creative in going up and down and finding all these small levers.” Trump Administration Proposes Adding Minor Crimes to List of Offenses That Bar Asylum https://t.co/lU86oZkcIH
— Zolan Kanno-Youngs (@KannoYoungs) December 18, 2019
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