The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a proposal today “to limit the employment eligibility of asylum seekers who have attempted to enter the U.S. illegally” reported the National Review. In hopes to set an example, “the proposal would prevent asylum seekers from obtaining a work permit based on their pending asylum application, if they entered the U.S. illegally.”
Additionally, asylum seekers would not receive work permits if they have been convicted of crimes in the United States such as “drunk driving or child abuse.” In a statement, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting director Ken Cuccinelli said they must “take steps to address pull factors encouraging aliens to illegally enter the United States and exploit our asylum framework.”
To be clear, asylum seekers who are entering the U.S. at the legal points of entry would not be affected by these changes. Work permits would only be given to those who are granted asylum in the U.S. “These proposed reforms are designed to restore integrity to the asylum system and lessen the incentive to file an asylum application for the primary purpose of obtaining work authorization” said Cuccinelli.