The Trump administration is proposing to bar foreign nationals convicted of drunk driving, gang-related crime, illegal re-entry, and other illicit activity from winning asylum protection in the United States.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday announced a proposal to expand the crimes that would disqualify a migrant from claiming protected status in the U.S. — marking the latest action by the White House to control the wave of asylum applications at the southern border. Despite a drop in border apprehensions, the federal government is still inundated with a backlog of asylum cases.

Those convicted of a felony under state or federal law, human smuggling or harboring, illegal re-entry into the country, criminal street gang activity, driving under the influence, domestic abuse, identity fraud and other crimes would not be eligible for asylum in the U.S. under the amendments.



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