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Proposed asylum changes lead to controversy

For some immigrants, coming to the United States is not only a desire, but it is also a need. Many individuals face persecution in their countries of origin that they want and need to escape. As a result, they may come to California or other parts of the country in hopes of seeking asylum. However, the current presidential administration is currently eying changes to this protection.

It was recently reported that the administration is looking to find ways to end what it terms as the "rampant abuse" of the asylum program. Details on what specific actions could be taken to reach this proposed outcome were not provided, but the administration is apparently working on making an executive order regarding immigration in the near future. Currently, individuals seeking protection in the country can request it whether they arrived at a port of entry or not.

The administration wants to require that asylum seekers must present themselves at a port of entry in order to pursue protection. However, immigration advocates and legal experts believe that such changes would face challenges as they could put individuals who are already facing dangers in more jeopardy. These proposed changes come in the wake of other asylum changes made earlier this year regarding ineligibility for domestic violence and gang violence victims.

For numerous immigrants, asylum is one of their last hopes of escaping the dangers they face in their home countries. Unfortunately, this process is not an easy one to complete, and with these proposed changes in the works, individuals may have an even more difficult time finding safety. If immigrants are looking for help in safely coming to the United States and learning more about how these changes could affect them, they may want to consult with California immigration attorneys.

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