New Fast-Track Measures to Deny Asylum to Illegal Immigrants

09 November, 2018, 09:16 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally

The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the USA southern border illegally from seeking asylum.

The regulations released, in conjunction with an order expected to be signed by President Donald Trump, would effectively ban migrants who cross the USA border with Mexico illegally from qualifying for asylum.

They are meant to speed up rulings on asylum claims, instead of having migrants try to circumvent official crossings on the almost 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.

The rule, which is likely to be challenged in court by pro-immigration groups, was spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants walking toward the border. "Under current practice, border agents are repeatedly turning asylum-seekers away and telling them to come back another day".

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week on asylum reform.

The new rule is nearly certain to be challenged in courts. "It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree", Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, responded in in a statement. The military is expected to have the vast majority of the more than 7,000 troops planned for the mission deployed by Monday, and that number could grow.

The president has declared immigrants are abusing America's generous asylum system, claiming the United States' asylum rules are the "biggest loophole drawing illegal aliens to our borders".

"Multiple fatalities" in shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California
The highway patrolman cleared the perimeter and pulled Helus out, and waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived. Witnesses say the suspect was dressed in all black, and forced his way into the bar after first shooting the bouncer.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, November 4, 2018, in Macon, Ga.

Later, at a campaign rally in Missouri, Trump offered additional remarks on the topic, saying, "Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into the country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum".

Members of the migrant caravan arrive at the shelter of the Church of the Assumption, in the city of Puebla.

Human rights campaigners and other critics of the Trump crackdown say that by restricting asylum seekers to the narrow border crossing points - which are already under enormous pressure - the government is effectively shutting the door on people who may truly be fleeing for their lives.

"Those who enter the country between ports are knowingly and voluntarily breaking the law", one unnamed official told reporters, the Post reported.

"Congress has directly spoken to this question as to whether individuals can be rendered ineligible for asylum if they cross between ports of entry and has specifically said people are eligible regardless of where they cross", said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. And in the last five years, the number of those requesting asylum has increased by 2,000 percent, it said.

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