Tag: asylum claims

Pompeo: Trump-Mexico Deal Enables U.S. to Return Migrants to Mexico at “Full Throttle”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump’s deal with Mexico will enable the United States to return migrants to Mexico at “full throttle.”

During a press conference yesterday, Pompeo said those crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border will be “rapidly returned” to Mexico where they can wait for the outcomes of their asylum claims.

He said:

Those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await their adjudication of their asylum claims. We’ve seen this before. We were able to do this to the tune of a couple of hundred people per day [before the deal].

We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those [migrants] deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States. This full-blown effort under the Migration Protocols [Remain in Mexico] is a big deal and was something that we worked on very, very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days. And we will pursue other cooperative efforts too.

This plan–as Breitbart points out–enables the Trump administration to bypass “catch and release” policies enacted by Congress and the courts. Instead of allowing the migrants to stay in the U.S. while awaiting the results of their asylum claims, they will be sent back to Mexico. Once the time comes for their asylum hearing, the migrants will be bussed to the hearings in the U.S.

In the last three months alone, “catch and release” policies allowed “roughly 350,000 Central American adults and children into U.S. workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods while they wait for court dates to plead their weak legal cases for humanitarian asylum.”

Breitbart writes that the influx of migrant workers “has reduced pressure on employers to improve wages and working conditions for blue-collar Americans. The homeland security agency issued roughly 400,000 work permits in 2017 and in 2018.”

On Friday, President Trump announced that the he had reached a deal with Mexico after threatening to impose tariffs on the country unless it did more to curb the massive influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” the President wrote on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”

For the full report, click HERE.

DHS Announces Asylum Seekers Must Wait in Mexico While Claims Processed

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that individuals seeking asylum within the United States will be returned to Mexico “for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

“Effective immediately, the United States will begin the process of invoking Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act,” announced DHS.  “Under the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), individuals arriving in or entering the United States from Mexico—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

DHS hopes the new rules will help curb the exploitation of asylum loopholes within the U.S. immigration process. The agency has seen a 2,000 percent increase in aliens claiming “credible fear,” which is the first step in obtaining asylum. DHS says most of the claims “are not meritorious.” 

“…Nine out of ten asylum claims are not granted by a federal immigration judge,” states a department press release. “However, by the time a judge has ordered them removed from the United States, many have vanished.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates.  Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico.  ‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return.’  In doing so, we will reduce illegal migration by removing one of the key incentives that encourages people from taking the dangerous journey to the United States in the first place.  This will also allow us to focus more attention on those who are actually fleeing persecution.”

Homeland Security’s Process for Asylum Seekers:

  • “Aliens trying to enter the U.S. to claim asylum will no longer be released into our country, where they often disappear before a court can determine their claim’s merits.
  • Instead, those aliens will be processed by DHS and given a “Notice to Appear” for their immigration court hearing.
  • While they wait in Mexico, the Mexican government has made its own determination to provide such individuals humanitarian visas, work authorization, and other protections. Aliens will have access to immigration attorneys and to the U.S. for their court hearings.
  • Aliens whose claims are upheld by U.S. judges will be allowed in. Those without valid claims will be deported to their home countries.”
Yesterday a federal judge ruled that asylum seekers who sued the U.S. after being deported must be brought back into the country to have their claims heard again.

The ruling–by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan–comes one day after he presided over the dramatic sentencing hearing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Sullivan stated in his ruling, “The Court holds that it has jurisdiction to hear plaintiffs’ challenges to the credible fear policies, that it has the authority to order the injunctive relief, and that, with the exception of two policies, the new credible fear policies are arbitrary, capricious, and in violation of the immigration laws.”

He also ordered the government to “return to the United States the plaintiffs who were unlawfully deported and to provide them with new credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws.”