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News Release on New Asylum Regs

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 94120258 (posted Dec. 2, 1994)"

InfoNet Title:  News Release on New Asylum Regs
Keywords:  ASYLUM REGULATIONS
Abstract:  The following is a December 2, 1994 News Release
regarding the new asylum regulations.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         CONTACT:  Judi Marden
December 2, 1994                         202/371-9377


NEW ASYLUM REGS: A STEP FORWARD, BUT WILL HURT SOME REFUGEES
Washington, DC. . . The American Immigration Lawyers Association
(AILA) viewed today's release of asylum regulations with mixed
feelings. 
     "The present system," noted Warren R. Leiden, AILA executive
director, "with its lengthy delays needs a serious fix. These
regulations, plus the increase in asylum personnel, create the
potential for INS to get current with incoming cases and then to
tackle the backlog."
     AILA expressed serious reservations, however, over the
provision that refuses work authorization to pending applicants for
six months. Specifically cited was the INS assumption that denying
asylum applicants the right to work deters fraud.
     "Prompt decisions deter fraud," commented Jeanne A.
Butterfield, AILA senior policy analyst, "and punishing legitimate
applicants until the government gets around to their case is
heartless. Further, the regulation cuts completely against INS'
mission to prevent unauthorized employment because it permits
applicants to remain in the United States without work
authorization. How can we expect applicants to survive and to
support themselves without working?"   

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