The proposal, included in a not-yet-finalized draft regulation, would charge applicants, if they are already residing in the US, $50 to apply for asylum. Currently, there is no fee to enter an “affirmative asylum” application. The fee would not apply to those who claim a fear of persecution at ports of entry or those who apply for the protections while in deportation proceedings. There would be no waiver of the fee for those who cannot afford to pay the $50.
You can almost see Comrade Stupid counting on his short fingers and tiny toes (which he has not seen since the Reagan Years, but I’m only guessing) what the profit would be, last year nearly 100,000 people applied with US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The idea that the US would charge to apply for asylum outraged immigration attorneys.
“The reason we don’t charge for asylum applications is intuitive,” said Juan Camilo Mendez Guzman, an immigration attorney with Pangea Legal Services. “Even if it keeps one person from being able to apply, is that what we are about? We are going to put a dollar amount on not getting sent back to a place of persecution? It’s crazy.”
Crazy is what Comrade Stupid does, Juan.