Trump signs order denying asylum to illegal border crossers

Saul Bowman
November 9, 2018

Human rights groups denounced President Donald Trump's flouting of federal and worldwide law Friday after the Trump administration announced new rules giving the president the authority to deny any asylum to any migrant who enters the United States without going through an official point of entry.

"Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility", they explained.

Detention capacity at US immigration jails already almost maxxed out, and court-imposed limits on the government's ability to hold children in immigration jails for longer than 20 days mean most migrant families who arrive seeking protection are still likely to be released pending a hearing. Immigration advocacy groups insist US laws clearly extend asylum protections to anyone who reaches the United States, no matter how they enter the country. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"President Trump's Proclamation is yet another attempt to destroy the United States´ long tradition to guarantee the fundamental human right to seek protection from life-threatening fear and persecution".

The latest crackdown on illegal immigration is expected to be challenged in the courts by civil liberties groups, who argue that anyone who reaches United States soil is entitled to make an asylum claim.

Under worldwide law, those who do have a serious fear of persecution are considered refugees. Under worldwide law, these are considered refugees.


Secretary General Kumi Naidoo issued a statement attacking the president's "dehumanising rhetoric". This policy needlessly places the lives of thousands of people in danger.

Administration officials say that aside from the rhetoric the border really does have a problem, given that anyone who manages to get across can request asylum and subsequently often vanish while their case sits in the court system.

Earlier efforts by the Trump administration to limit migration have prompted a political and legal backlash.

Trump's administration argues that he has the executive power to curb immigration in the name of national security, a power he invoked right after taking office with a controversial ban on travelers from several mostly-Muslim countries - whose final version was upheld by the US Supreme Court on June 26 after a protracted legal battle.

A number of lower courts had originally deemed the measure unconstitutional.

The Trump administration announced in 2017 that it would be ending DACA, telling recipients to prepare for "departure from the United States", reports CNN.

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