Asylum seekers are currently subjected to an overly long waiting period for work authorization. During this time, they’re financially and socially vulnerable due to their inability to work to support themselves and their families. Shortening the wait time for asylum seekers’ work authorization applications would help them establish their lives in the U.S. and become productive members of their communities sooner.
Argument Against: The 180 day wait time for asylum seekers’ work authorizations is already too short, serving as a major draw for asylum seekers to come to the U.S. versus other countries. Shortening the wait time further is the exact opposite of what the U.S. should do; and in fact, the Trump administration is already seeking to extend the wait time for asylum seekers’ work authorizations to 365 days.