If illegals can afford cartels, they can afford asylum fees

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Border Patrol stationA border enforcement advocacy organization says it's "not unreasonable" for the Trump administration to charge asylum seekers a fee to process their applications.

In a recent presidential memorandum addressing border security and immigration, Trump directed his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to take additional measures to overhaul the asylum system, which he insists "is in crisis" and plagued by "rampant abuse."

In the memorandum, Trump directs officials to begin charging a fee to process asylum and employment authorization applications, which do not currently require payment.

OneNewsNow spoke with Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, about the processing fee.

Mehlman

"It's not clear if it's going to curb the abuse of the political asylum system," he begins. "But you do have to remember that these are people who have given the criminal cartels who smuggle them to the United States border quite a bit of money to get to this point."

That said, Mehlman argues it's "not unreasonable" to ask those applying for political asylum to cover some of the "enormous" costs of processing the applications for political asylum – "most of which are completely bogus," he adds.

"So [a fee] may have some deterrent effect, but it is not obviously a substitute for congressional action to fix the problems down there."

But Mehlman concedes that Congress likely won't change its ways – at least not between now and the next election.

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