Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

US To Deny Asylum To Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally

Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally Trump administration takes step to tighten asylum system
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 07:41

White House insiders admit that Donald Trump expects his administration will be sued over its latest immigration policy - but with Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he expects to win those suits.

The new restrictions on asylum claims won't take effect until Trump issues a proclamation limiting or suspending entry into the USA from Mexico, according to the rule.

The ACLU immediately challenged the move as contrary to USA law.

The regulation would largely affect migrants from Central America's Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - who cross the United States border with Mexico to flee violence, including political persecution, and poverty in their home countries.

The change to asylum procedures was published Thursday by the Justice Department.

The new rule is nearly certain to be challenged in courts.

The administration has long said immigration officials are drowning in asylum cases partly because people falsely claim asylum and then live in the USA with work permits.

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.

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Trump has long said those seeking asylum should come through legal ports of entry.

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

The announcement said the president had the authority to impose "any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate".

"Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a joint statement.

"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, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union. "It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree".

Over time, the number of asylum claims has jumped markedly in recent years, an indication the administration says immigrants are tailoring their responses to claim asylum without merit.

"The interim rule, if applied to a hypothetical proclamation suspending the entry of aliens who cross the border unlawfully, would bar them from eligibility for asylum, and thereby channel inadmissible aliens to ports of entry, where they would be processed in a controlled, orderly, and lawful manner", one senior administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday afternoon.

Officials would not offer any other specifics on the proclamation that Trump is expected to sign Friday.

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