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Weigh-in on proposed U.S. restrictions for asylum seekers

Posted at 12:27 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 01:49:46-05

New restrictions on eligibility for U.S. asylum seekers have been proposed.

Those proposals come from the Department of Justice and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, better known as the USCIS.

The changes would restrict giving asylum to immigrants who have:

  • been convicted of DWI or DUI.
  • entered the United States without proper documentation more than once.
  • been convicted of a felony.
  • been convicted of stalking, child abuse, child neglect or domestic violence
  • transported or harbored undocumented immigrants.
  • convicted of gang-related criminal activity.
  • people who have stolen someone's identity.

You can make your opinion heard, whether you support or oppose these proposals, until Jan. 21st. All comments must have the EOIR Docket No. 18-0002 on the comment or it will not be accepted.

Comments can be submitted by:

  • logging on to the federal rulemaking portal at, and follow the instructions given.
  • sending a physical letter to
Lauren Alder Reid
Assistant Director, Office of Policy
Executive Office for Immigration Review
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2616
Falls Church, VA 22041


Maureen Dunn
Chief, Division of Humanitarian Affairs
Office of Policy and Stretegy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS
20 Massachussetts NW
Washington D.C. 20529-2140
  • calling Reid at at (703) 305-0289; calling Dunn at (202) 272-8377. The calls are long-distance calls.