On Tuesday, the DOJ finalized policies that will narrow the window for migrants to apply for asylum and raise immigration court fees. The two policies, both set to take effect days before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, mark the latest effort by the administration to make it more difficult – and more expensive – for foreign citizens to request protection and remain in the U.S. Counsel for the American Immigration Council stated that the two rules taken together would “effectively eliminate asylum.” Despite thousands of comments from the public in opposition to the new rules, the DOJ adopted both proposals without many changes.


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