Monday, January 13, 2020

Last Day to Comment on Proposed Rule to Remove Employment Incentives for False Asylum Claims

Today is the last day to comment to support President Trump's efforts to alter federal rules to discourage false asylum claims for the purpose of gaining employment:

Proposed Rule: Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants

Here is my comment (in bold):

I support this proposed rule.

If the vast majority of asylum claims were genuine, or were processed in a timely manner, this would be unnecessary. But given the large number of fraudulent or frivolous asylum claims, and the inability of our overloaded system to handle them all, reducing the incentives to file fraudulent or frivolous claims is a very wise policy.

The current system is likely to result in a large number of people who are employed who suddenly lose their employment authorization due to their claims being denied. This creates a very strong incentive to overlook their legal status and ignore the fact that they have either filed a claim that does not meet the qualifications for asylum, or even that is downright fraudulent. This is particularly true because our antidiscrimination laws are such that employers will have to hire them despite the conditional and temporary nature of their work authorization.

In effect, the current asylum system is likely to create a large mass of illegal aliens whose employment produces a difficult situation for them and for their employers, and therefore create pressure for a mass amnesty and for the further erosion of our immigration laws.

This proposed rule is essential in order to retain the rule of law in our immigration system.

That is all.

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