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December 18, 2019

N Trump admin announces rule further limiting immigrants' eligibility for asylum
By Julia Ainsley

The Trump administration announced a new rule Wednesday that would further limit immigrants' eligibility for asylum if they have been convicted of certain crimes, including driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. The rule, if finalized, would give asylum officers seven requirements with which to deem an immigrant ineligible to apply for asylum. Other acts that would make an immigrant ineligible for asylum under the new rule include the unlawful receipt of public benefits, illegal re-entry after being issued a deportation order and being found "by an adjudicator" to have engaged in domestic violence, even if there was no conviction for such violence. The rules could eliminate large numbers of asylum-seekers from ever having their cases heard in court. Currently, immigration courts have a backlog of over 1 million cases, according to data kept by Syracuse University. In a statement, the D

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