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Trump govt drafts plan to raise asylum bar: report

The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated Feb 17, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum

Published Sun, Feb 19, 2017 · 09:50 PM
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THE Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated Feb 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishing credible fear of persecution if sent home.

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