Trump Admin. Set To Expand Types Of Crimes Barring Asylum

By Suzanne Monyak (October 20, 2020, 7:25 PM EDT) -- The Trump administration finalized a policy Tuesday allowing the government to bar people with misdemeanor convictions for fake IDs and convictions for illegally reentering the U.S. from winning asylum.

The policy, which takes effect next month, would expand the types of criminal convictions and offenses that render an individual ineligible for asylum, a form of relief granted to foreign citizens who face persecution in their home countries, to include misdemeanors and immigration offenses.

"The purpose of the rule is to limit asylum eligibility for persons with certain criminal convictions, which in turn will lessen the burdens on the overtaxed asylum system,"...

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