Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump Administration Moves to Restrict Asylum at US-Mexico Border

Trump Administration Moves to Restrict Asylum at US-Mexico Border

President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation that would prevent immigrants from qualifying for asylum if they entered the United States illegally.

Trump told reporters that he had "just signed" the proclamation as he departed the White House on Friday morning en route to Paris.

"US law is crystal clear that asylum seekers have the right to lodge asylum claims regardless of where they enter the country, and President Trump can not change the law on a whim", said Bill Frelick, Refugee Rights director at Human Rights Watch. U.S law states that any individual can seek asylum, whether or not they are at an official point of entry.

The measures are meant to funnel asylum seekers through official border crossings for speedy rulings, officials said, instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the almost 3,200-kilometre border\ between the USA and Mexico.

The decision comes amid a huge crisis, as some 7,000 migrants, according to United Nations estimates, are moving towards the USA southern border in a bid to obtain asylum.

US Army troops enter a compound where the military is erecting an encampment near the US-Mexico border crossing at Donna, Texas. As of Thursday, there are more than 5,600 US troops deployed to the border mission, with about 550 actually working on the border in Texas. 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.

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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.

Migrants who show up at ports of entry demanding asylum would still be permitted.

Homeland Security officials said they were revising staffing at the border crossings manage the crush, but it's not clear how migrants, specifically families, would be held as their cases are adjudicated. The U.S. took in approximately 200,000 refugees per year in 1980, and the total had never fallen below 70,000 before Trump entered office.

The regulation would largely affect migrants from the Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - who have been crossing the USA border with Mexico. Those moves have been challenged in court.

Mr. Trump has also threatened to end birthright citizenship through executive order, although he has yet to do so. The caravan is now around 600 miles from the United States. About 4,800 migrants are sheltered in a sports complex in Mexico City, some 600 miles (965 kilometers) from the USA border. Most have passed largely unnoticed.

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