S.3048 - Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 12/12/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S7030) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3048 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/12/2019)
Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019
This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide employment authorization for eligible asylum applicants. Currently, such individuals are not entitled to employment authorization but may be granted such by the Department of Justice.
DHS shall grant employment authorization to an asylum seeker (1) who is not in detention, (2) whose application for asylum has not been deemed frivolous, and (3) whose identity has been checked against certain databases. Such employment authorization shall last for one year and be renewable for one-year terms during the period necessary to adjudicate the applicant's asylum claim.
The bill also shortens the waiting period for receiving employment authorization to 30 days from the filing of the asylum application.