Visit our new website: worldnews.easybranches.com

Trump administration moves to curb migrants’ asylum claims

  • Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:03
Author: 
Fri, 2018-11-09 03:56

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the US southern border illegally from seeking asylum.
Immigrant advocates denounced the move, saying it violated existing US law that allows people fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries to apply for asylum regardless of whether they enter illegally or not.
The regulations released on Thursday, in conjunction with an order expected to be signed by President Donald Trump, would effectively ban migrants who cross the US border with Mexico illegally from qualifying for asylum.
Once the plan goes into full effect, migrants entering at the US southern border would only be eligible for asylum if they report at official ports of entry, officials said.
“What we are attempting to do is trying to funnel ... asylum claims through the ports of entry where we are better resourced, have better capabilities and better manpower and staffing to actually handle those claims in an expeditious and efficient manner,” a senior administration official told reporters in a news briefing on Thursday, on condition of anonymity.
The Trump administration has already made it more difficult for migrants to qualify for asylum in the United States. Administration officials have said existing US asylum rules encourage illegal immigration and bog down legitimate claims.
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 grounds for US asylum.
Sessions, who resigned at Trump’s request this week, also instructed immigration judges and asylum officers to view illegal border-crossing as a “serious adverse factor” in deciding a case and to consider whether applicants could have escaped danger by relocating within their own countries.
Trump made his hard-line policies toward immigration a key issue ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, sending thousands of US troops to help secure the southern border and repeatedly drawing attention to a caravan of Central American migrants trekking through Mexico toward the United States.
Currently, US asylum rules do not bar people who enter the country without authorization, and the Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs the US immigration system, specifically allows people who arrive in the United States, whether or not they do so at a designated port of entry, to apply for asylum.
The administration’s plan, which invokes the same authority Trump used to justify his travel ban on citizens of several Muslim-majority nations, is likely to be quickly challenged in court.
The move would largely affect migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — who cross the US border with Mexico to flee violence and poverty in their home countries.
“The vast majority of aliens who enter illegally today come from the Northern Triangle countries,” the regulation’s text says. “Channeling those aliens to ports of entry would encourage these aliens to first avail themselves of offers of asylum from Mexico.”
Immigrant advocates denounced the administration’s move as unlawful, and said the plan to funnel migrants to ports of entry was just a way to cut asylum claims overall.
“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, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Ports of entry ... are overcrowded,” said Jonathan Ryan, executive director of RAICES, a Texas-based immigrant defense group. “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.” 

Main category: 
Migrants in caravan shrug over US vote, eye change at homeAlong US border, a growing opposition to military deployment World

Tags


US Weekly

Related Stories

Turkey: search launched for 10 migrants after boats sinks
  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:26

Author: Associated PressID: 1542008890107416200Mon, 2018-11-12 (All day) ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says the country’s coas...

Trump calls French president ‘good friend’ after testy tweet
  • Sun, 11 Nov 2018 05:58

Author: Sat, 2018-11-10 21:59 PARIS: US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron insisted they were good friends Saturday aft...

Trump assures Macron that Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of stability in the Middle East
  • Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:02

Sat, 2018-11-10 16:10 LONDON: US President Donald Trump assured French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday that Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of s...

Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talks
  • Sat, 10 Nov 2018 12:04

Author: ReutersID: 1541806285515281700Fri, 2018-11-09 23:29 PARIS: US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron headed to...

Greek PM claims breakthrough in tangled church-state relations
  • Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:06

Author: AFPID: 1541613812056540400Wed, 2018-11-07 17:05 ATHENS: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a tentative breakthrough in tal...

Israel thanks Trump as Iran sanctions take effect
  • Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:24

Author: AFPID: 1541404967376735200Mon, 2018-11-05 07:54 JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman welcomed US sanctions that to...

Trump says US-Mexico border troops could hit 15,000
  • Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:01

Author: APID: 1541055075234900500Thu, 2018-11-01 (All day) WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed t...

UN welcomes moves to restart negotiations on Western Sahara
  • Thu, 01 Nov 2018 03:45

Author: Associated PressID: 1541017896600281300Wed, 2018-10-31 (All day)UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has approved a resolution we...

Petraeus: Why the world must curb Iran
  • Sun, 28 Oct 2018 12:08

Sun, 2018-10-28 00:42 MANAMA: If anyone understands the consequences of Iranian involvement in Middle East affairs, David Petraeus does. Before bec...

Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak
  • Sun, 28 Oct 2018 03:00

Author: By MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE | APID: 1540642820256715700Sat, 2018-10-27 (All day) WASHINGTON: A battle is brewing between the...

Spain saves over 350 migrants crossing Mediterranean
  • Sun, 28 Oct 2018 01:49

Author: Associated PressID: 1540648020857155600Sat, 2018-10-27 (All day) MADRID: Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved over 3...


الاقسام