President Donald Trump in a new memo proposed charging asylum-seekers a fee to process their applications.
Trump announced his plan for the changes in an official presidential memorandum that the White House said would “strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process.”
The memo says the price would not exceed the cost of processing applications, but officials did not immediately provide an estimate for what that might be, reports NBC News.
The memo also directs his administration to adjudicate asylum applications absent “exceptional circumstances” within 180 days of a filing.
“The extensive resources required to process and care for these individuals pulls U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel away from securing our Nation’s borders,” the memorandum reads.
The memo also bars migrants who entered the U.S. illegally from receiving work permits until they’ve been issued relief or protection.
CNN noted that the memo would likely make it harder for individuals to apply for asylum because of the constraints.
The memorandum calls on Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to propose these regulations within 90 days.