Trump signs proclamation denying migrant asylum

The Trump administration ordered a key change in the immigration policies in relation to asylum seekers, and it will affect how migrants in the caravans heading to the us could seek refugee status. Only nine percent of those migrants seeking asylum, though, are ultimately granted asylum.

"Asylum-seekers have been left to camp out for days and weeks on bridges at the border, when they should be guaranteed a right to enter the country for a fair hearing".

The proclamation, taken together with a regulation issued by the Trump administration on Thursday, will bar migrants who cross the U.S. border with Mexico between official ports from receiving asylum in the United States.

Individuals are now allowed to apply for asylum whether they identify themselves at ports of entry or bypass them illegally to gain entry into the US.

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

President Donald Trump is preparing to issue a proclamation asserting the emergency powers - and the rule changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register, The Washington Post reported. Before the midterm elections, Trump mulled ending birthright citizenship - the policy that ensures all children born on U.S. soil are automatically citizens - by executive order. A senior administration official said Thursday that the vast majority of such claims are "non-meritorious".

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 ban drew multiple legal challenges and forced the administration to issue three different versions before a revised ban was upheld in June by the Supreme Court on a 5 to 4 vote.

"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.

"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. Trump announced Thursday that he would make such a move.

Those delays increase the chances that caravan members could attempt to cross illegally by fording the Rio Grande or trekking through the desert to set foot on USA soil and surrender to Border Patrol agents.

About 4,800 migrants are sheltered in a sports complex in Mexico City, some 965 kilometres from the USA border. The migrants are largely poor people, and many say they're fleeing violence.


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