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President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Monday

Trump administration officials have repeatedly blamed USA laws protecting asylum seekers for encouraging fraudulent or non-deserving claims.

In order to safeguard our country from the drug cartels and violent gangs that take advantage of the asylum process, President Trump has instructed the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to establish a system of administrative fees for asylum and work permit applications. National Public Radio reports that some legislators have claimed the move-which mandates new fees for asylum applications, among other changes-may be illegal. But that is not the case. Most of those arriving say they are fleeing violence and poverty and many request asylum under US and worldwide law. As such, they are caught in a triple whammy. The president's memo attempts to respond to the changing conditions at the border by discouraging illegitimate claims of asylum and accelerating the current adjudication process for asylum claims.

"People should be allowed to exercise those rights when seeking to seek asylum", he said.

The foundation of global refugee law is the prohibition on sending refugees back to face threats to their lives or freedom; it is not reserved for those who can pay. They are among the first significant changes to asylum policy since McAleenan replaced Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary and the president signaled he would take a tougher stance on the asylum-seekers swamping the border.

President Trump's newly issued policies impose application fees for those seeking asylum and restricts their ability to work. The callousness of this proposal is surpassed only by its pettiness.

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Trump also wants to charge asylum-seekers to process their asylum and employment authorization applications. "Our immigration system has reached a breaking point as we continue to see an overwhelming surge of migrants, with more than 100,000 arriving at our border in March alone", it states.

Many migrants requesting asylum in 2019 have traveled to the border with children.

Other proposals in the letter include that all immigration cases being carried out in court be completed within 180 days. Trump gave administration officials 90 days to figure out how his orders could be carried out.

In his memo, Mr Trump said the fee would not exceed the cost of processing the applications, but estimates have not yet been provided of what this may be.

He particularly urged the administration to "rethink" the "Remain in Mexico" policy because it forces vulnerable people to wait in uncertain and risky conditions in Mexico and "poses grave safety, humanitarian and due process concerns", he said. Trump tweeted on Monday evening after the new guidelines were announced. Attorney General William Barr said this year that asylum seekers who have passed their initial screenings are no longer entitled to be released while their cases play out. This year the administration has also implemented a controversial policy informally known as "Remain in Mexico", which directs some asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while they await their immigration court hearing. But Hesson says a federal judge blocked that policy shortly after.

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