Trump’s Hardline: If You Cross The Border Illegally, You’re Not Eligible for Asylum
Over the past few years, the increase in asylum claims has dramatically increased as migrants seek to take advantage of an immigration loophole which President Trump claims is unacceptable.
The President delivered a no-nonsense speech at the White House on Thursday to respond to the “crisis at our southern border” and took a hardline stance on how his administration would treat asylum seekers.
The administration has decided to process asylum-seekers only by “lawfully present themselves” at ports of entry and any claims of asylum made when caught illegally entering the country would be summarily denied under Trump’s proposal.
This decision by President Trump would inevitably face federal court challenges due to language in the Immigration and Nationality Act which says anyone who arrives in the United States may claim asylum if they have a well-founded fear of persecution.
The President claims that the approaching caravan of migrants from Central America are “not legitimate asylum-seekers” because they did not accept asylum offers from Mexico and pointedly noted that “asylum is not a program for people living in poverty.”
Next week Trump is planning on issuing a “comprehensive” executive order detailing his plan to secure the border as well as his asylum proposal. This intention of this executive order would be to act as a deterrent for illegal immigration. According to Trump, “If these caravans are allowed into our country, only bigger and more emboldened caravans will follow — and you see that’s what’s happening now.” Trump took to Twitter to reiterate his hardline stance.
Our military is being mobilized at the Southern Border. Many more troops coming. We will NOT let these Caravans, which are also made up of some very bad thugs and gang members, into the U.S. Our Border is sacred, must come in legally. TURN AROUND!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
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