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Asylum seekers may face new rules

Those who successfully reach the Texas border can try to obtain asylum in the United States. However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has weighed in on two cases that could have an impact on who is eligible to receive it. In one case, he vacated a ruling that would not allow an asylum claim to be rejected without a hearing. He can do this because immigration courts are run by the Justice Department, which makes them different from other types of American courts.

The other case invoked a question as to whether victims of private crime should be eligible for it. According to a representative of the Center for Immigration Studies, lawyers are using asylum cases as a creative way of helping immigrants to obtain legal status. The number of pending asylum cases grown to 600,000, which is triple what it was in 2009.

While attorneys don't dispute that the number of cases has gone up, they attribute it to circumstances in Central America instead of fraud. The attorney general claims that by reforming the asylum application system, it may be possible to cut down on those who try to game it. It is also claimed that these changes would help to streamline the system and get cases through the courts faster.

People wh are in the middle of removal proceedings may find it advisable to meet with with an attorney. Doing so may increase the chances that they will be allowed to stay in the country. An attorney may be able to better communicate with a judge compared to an immigrant who may not speak English.

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