White House to end asylum access on southern border

Nov 10, 2018, 01:33
White House to end asylum access on southern border

Now that the asylum issue has been settled in advance of the arrival of the large migrant caravans slowly making their way up from Central America and passing through Mexico, Trump will most likely turn his attention back to the national debate he started in recent weeks when he said he was considering using an executive order to end the practice of birthright citizenship.

In June, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an appellate decision that sharply narrowed the circumstances under which immigrants can use violence at home as ground for USA asylum.

The measures effectively ban migrants, who illegally enter the country from Mexico, from being eligible to claim asylum.

"US law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry", they said.

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"This interim regulation is not only inconsistent with the letter of the law, but flatly contradicts it", Frelick said.

The Trump administration is taking steps to tighten asylum rules for immigrants, something President Trump declared he would do last week ahead of Tuesday's midterms. Before the midterm elections, Trump mulled ending birthright citizenship - the policy that ensures all children born on United States soil are automatically citizens - by executive order. "Over the past decade, the overall percentage of aliens subject to expedited removal and referred, as part of the initial screening process, for a credible-fear interview jumped from approximately 5% to above 40%, and the total number of credible-fear referrals for interviews increased from about 5,000 a year in Fiscal Year ('FY") 2008 to about 97,000 in FY 2018'.

A senior administration official said Thursday that the vast majority of such claims are "non-meritorious".

"There are multiple responsibilities at a port of entry and you can't simply move all of your resources to migrant processing", said one border official.

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He called a current caravan, which is still hundreds of miles from the USA border and dwindling in numbers, an "invasion" and said it would bring hardened criminals to United States streets. Nonetheless, it would still give those who cross illegally a way to get into the immigration court backlog and released from custody, especially those who are traveling with children. "It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree", said Omar Jadwat of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Trump administration announced in 2017 that it would be ending DACA, telling recipients to prepare for "departure from the United States", reports CNN.

The "before" and "after" effect of this new rule is going to be stark. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the USA will make up almost 15 percent of the entire US population. Most have passed largely unnoticed.

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