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Trump Issues “Enhanced Border Security Memo”



Written by: Rami D. Fakhoury / Managing Director / Fakhoury

Global Immigration

On April 29, 2019, President Trump issued a memorandum to the

Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security titled,

“Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore

Integrity to Our Immigration System.” This is a follow-up

measure to the president’s Proclamation 9844 of February 15,

2019 that declared a national emergency to address the security and

humanitarian crisis at the U.S.’s southern border. The memo

authorizes that further steps be proposed to enhance the integrity

and the efficiency of the existing asylum system.

Specifically, it tasks the Attorney General and the Secretary of

Homeland Security to propose new regulations that 1). ensure that

aliens who receive positive fear determinations are placed in

proceedings conducted the applicable statutes for asylum

applications or, if not eligible for asylum, are placed in

proceedings conducted under the appropriate statutes for

withholding of removal applications; 2). ensure that, absent

exceptional circumstances, all applications for asylum that are

adjudicated in immigration final administrative adjudication within

180 days of filing (not including administrative appeal); 3). that

set a fee for an asylum application not to exceed the costs of

adjudicating the applications; and 4). that bar aliens who have

attempted to enter, or have entered the U.S. unlawfully from

receiving employment authorization before an applicable application

for relief or protection from removal has been granted, and that

ensure immediate revocation of employment authorization for those

aliens who are denied asylum or become subject to a final order of


Finally, the memorandum tasks the Secretary of Homeland Security

with reprioritizing the assignment of immigration officers and any

other DHS employees that the Secretary deems necessary in order to

improve the integrity of credible and reasonable fear claim

adjudications, to bolster immigration law enforcement, and to

ensure that aliens who have final orders of removal comply with the


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