Trump administration proposes fees on applications for asylum, DACA renewals

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The Trump administration announced Friday that it is proposing to increase the fees on the immigrants filing applications in the United States, including a controversial fee of $50 on applications for asylum, which moved fast to the democratic opposition.

U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule that would adjust the fees in what he says is a move to meet operational requirements. It says that the average increase at 21 percent. If you were left on your current level, USCIS is under-funded by $1.3 billion in the year, the Agency said.


To be the most controversial charges a $50 fee on affirmative asylum applications. These are made requests for asylum from within the United States, and therefore wouldn’t apply to people on the U.S.-Mexico border and other ports of entry.

The rule would be shielded also, you beat a $275 fee for the two-year renewal of the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — the Obama-era policy, some illegal immigrants in the United States as minors from deportation. Separately, the green card you are applying for the the invoice will be charged $located 1,170 for the submission of the form, instead of $640

“USCIS is required to check incoming and outgoing expenditure, just like a business, and make adjustments, the basis of this analysis. The proposed adjustment of the fees would certainly be more candidates cover the true cost of their applications and minimize the subsidies from an already over-extended Systems,” USCIS Deputy Director, Ken Cuccinelli, said in a statement.

“In addition, the adjudication of immigration applications and petitions require more in-depth screening, the costs involved must be covered by the Agency, and this proposal accounts for our operational needs and better aligns our fees with the cost of processing each request,” he said.

The Agency says it pays $366 in adjudication costs for the processing of each of the affirmative asylum application, bringing the total number to almost $1,800 once overhead costs. Therefore, the $50, only a fraction of the total cost for the Federal government.


But the move came under fire from Democrats and even former USCIS officials were particularly angry about the asylum-fee.


Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia, is obliged, in the fight against the proposed introduction of the asylum-fee.

“People who have asylum, with enough challenges already. Tacking a fee on your difficulties would be cruel,” she said. “I want to fight against this proposed policy, and each individual, the even further people fleeing violence, abuse and poverty harms.”

“This government always claims that it is only to irregular migration, but this rule is very specific about legal immigration,” Ur Jaddou, former chief counsel for USCIS, told Buzzfeed News first reported on the rule. “This rule shows its true face.”

The proposals are part of a series of measures that the administration has pushed that opponents say have increased hurdles for poorer immigrants and asylum seekers looking to a house in the USA


USCIS over the summer announced the public charge rule, which tightens guidance about whether immigrants that are considered to be likely to rely on social assistance should be granted, the green card. There was also a rule would require the immigrants applying for a Visa to prove that you have health insurance or can cover the medical costs, while in the United States

Both rules have been blocked by Federal judges in recent weeks.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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