The Trump administration released a proposal on Wednesday to restrict work permits for most asylum-seekers, a move designed to deter U.S.-bound migrants whom officials believe come to the country solely for economic reasons.
Under the proposed rule, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would deny work authorization to mostwho crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without documentation, constructing an economic barrier to the largest group of asylum-seekers in the U.S. The policy would also require all those seeking refuge, whether affirmatively or defensively if undergoing deportation proceedings, to wait one year from when they filed their asylum application to request a work permit.
With the new guidelines, officials would have more leeway in terminating the work authorization of migrants who receive unfavorable decisions from asylum officers or immigration judges.