Charging asylum application fees is the latest way the US could make immigrants pay for its red tape

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The Trump administration wants to make people fleeing persecution in their home countries pay for something they’ve long gotten for free: the right to apply for asylum in the United States.

  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes
  • The Conversation

As an immigration attorney and a law professor who has represented people seeking asylum for over a decade, I believe this change, which could go into effect as soon as the summer of 2019, would be not just cruel but also unusual.

At present, only Australia and Fiji charge fees to would-be asylum-seekers.

But making immigrants escaping harm and persecution shoulder the…

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