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as the trump administration challenges to its efforts to cut down asylum claims a revised lesson plan for training asylum officers could indicate the administration is finding new ways to achieve its goal that's according to former government officials and experts to review the new guidelines shared exclusively with Reuters crossing onto American soil of migrants first step toward asylum is an interview with the U. S. citizenship and immigration services asylum officer Reuters correspondent Christina cook an asylum seeker has to first %HESITATION proved to an asylum officer that %HESITATION he or she has a credible fear of persecution in their home country that's a very low bar and is deliberately low because they don't want to accidentally sent back somebody who has a bona fide asylum claim is the officer deems the person does have credible fear they'll move on in the system to eventually present their case to a judge but with the updated lesson plans set to take effect this month it's what's not included that's raising advocates concerns and prior lesson plans you would see guidance %HESITATION telling asylum officers to take into consideration the %HESITATION difficult journeys that %HESITATION my god said to head to a disk on through the fact that they're in detention the fact that they might not have corroborating evidence at that time I am and that guidance is been removed and new language has been added warning officers to be wary of fraud asylum is ridiculous it to big con job that's what it is , according to government data around three quarters of the thousands of monthly applicants regularly past the first credible fear interview but most central American migrants fleeing violence and corruption ultimately do not qualify for asylum and immigration services officials at the agency's officers take into account relevant country conditions information and it here to all applicables laws regulations policies and precedent decisions