The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance, instructing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to tighten up asylum requirements by only granting asylum to an illegal alien who can prove that they are the victims of government-sanctioned persecution.
The guidance comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled last month that “claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not [generally] qualify for asylum.”
The guidance will help to prevent fraud by ruling out asylum for an illegal alien who claims dangerous neighborhoods and difficult circumstances, devoid of government involvement, as the sole reason for fleeing their home countries. It also says that an illegal alien who enters the U.S. to seek asylum will be more likely to have their application rejected, the Washington Times reports.
“Our laws do not offer protection against instances of violence based on personal, private conflict that is not on account of a protected ground,” USCIS spokesman Michael Bars said.
“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” Sessions said.
Administration critics say the government will be cutting of a vital lifeline to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants fleeing rough conditions back home. They point to cases of people who say family members have been killed or children forced to join gangs, or husbands who made wives fear for their lives.
Yet security analysts said that over the last decade, asylum had become too nebulous, with people winning claims based on spousal abuse or gang-infested neighborhoods.
As the standards relaxed, the number of people making claims surged. Just 1 percent arriving migrants claimed asylum at the beginning of this decade, but that rate is now 10 percent.
Statistics show only about 3 percent of those will actually win their claims.
Yet just clearing the initial hurdle — claiming “credible fear” of being sent back home — is often enough to earn migrants a foothold in the U.S., getting them released into communities, where they can quickly qualify for work permits and some taxpayer benefits.
Even after they lose their cases, few are actually deported.
Smugglers, aware of the asylum “loophole,” began coaching their illegal alien clients on the “magic words” to use to clear the credible fear threshold and gain quick entry to the U.S.
Under the new guidance, though, officers were told to reject even pre-asylum “credible fear” claims that don’t meet the higher standards. That paves the way for the government to quickly deport them.
“Few gang-based or domestic-violence claims involving particular social groups defined by the members’ vulnerability to harm may merit a grant of asylum or refugee status,” the guidance says.
The agency’s decision to restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion is included in NumbersUSA’s Ten Steps to Fix the Broken Immigration System.
The following list of Ten Steps to Re-establish the Integrity of the Immigration System would make great strides toward ending illegal immigration, assisting struggling American workers, and making our communities more safe. Many of these items are already federal law, but simply ignored by the current and past Administrations. Legislation has been introduced to repair much of the rest.
Make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers to eliminate the jobs magnet.
Complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system to track non-immigrant visitors to the U.S.
End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors.
Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens.
Expand expedited removal to include all illegal aliens with criminal convictions.
End catch-and-release of illegal aliens by requiring that they be detained until removal.
Deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nations that refuse to repatriate their citizens.
Reform the judicial process in immigration courts, including restricting relief from removal, to expedite the process and reduce the backlog of cases.
Restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Allow Border Patrol access to all federal lands.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
July 15th, 2018