Trump Administration Moves To Deny Asylum Over Misdemeanor Marijuana Offenses

Trump Administration Moves To Deny Asylum Over Misdemeanor Marijuana Offenses

The Trump administration is seeking to make certain marijuana offenses, including misdemeanor possession, grounds to deny asylum to migrants. In a notice published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security proposed amending asylum policy to make it so that people convicted of various misdemeanor and felony offenses are ineligible for protection in the U.S. That includes possessing and trafficking cannabis, with one exception. Under the proposal, “[p]ossession or trafficking of a controlled substance or controlled-substance paraphernalia, other than a single offense involving possession for one’s own use of 30 grams or less of marijuana,” would be added to the list of regulations rendering people seeking refuge in the U.S. ineligible for asylum. The notice, signed by Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, emphasizes the role of drug trafficking in criminal organizations and stipulates that the agencies “propose to implement a new bar for asylum to include convictions for misdemeanors involving the trafficking or possession of controlled substances.” “Both possessors and traffickers of controlled substances pose a direct threat to the public health and safety interests of the United States, and they should not be entitled to the benefit…

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