Coming to the U.S. to protect you and your family from devastating civil war? Abject poverty? Chronic gang violence? Better hope you’ve never been caught smoking weed or you won’t be getting in if a new Trump administration rule goes into effect.
A new draft noticefrom the Department of Justice would add misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia to the list of offenses which could bar an asylum seeker from entry.
Traditionally, only very serious offenses such as rape and murder would prevent entry. The draft notice states that people who possess controlled substance pose a “direct threat” to the health and safety of the country.
Under the Trump administration, the DOJ has added many moreprovisions to deny asylum, including driving under the influence and possessing a fake ID, as noted by High Times.
The draft notice is expected to go into effect in 30 days, after a period of public comment.
The provision would apply only to those convicted of possession or trafficking in the United States. It would not limit eligibility for anyone convicted of only a single offense possessing 30 grams of weed or less for personal use.
Many asylum seekers from Central America have already been blocked by the Trump administration. A rule approved by the Supreme Court in September denied asylum to anyone who passed through another country on their way to the United States without seeking asylum there.