BREAKING NEWS: President Donald Trump is making moves to effectively end asylum at the US-Mexico border, as thousands of migrants stream in each week to take advantage of several loopholes in the US legal system.
According to the Associated Press, the Administration announced today it will end asylum protections for the vast majority of migrants who arrive at the US Southern border. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, migrants trying to get asylum who pass through another country first will no longer be allowed to seek asylum in the United States. So, if an immigrant leaves from Guatemala, and travels through Mexico (where they could seek asylum first), they will no longer be allowed to demand asylum in the US.
The new rule will apply to all migrants, including children. In the past few months, the southern border has been inundated with tens of thousands of migrants seeking asylum and looking to take advantage of loopholes in the current system. Under US law, asylum is meant to be a rare practice for migrants fleeing government persecution based on race, religion, gender, or sex.
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Over the last two years, immigrants who do not qualify for asylum have flooded the border and demanded the protections. They know that they will likely get to stay in the US even if they do not meet asylum requirements, since they get a court date to hear their claims–which is typically scheduled for more than a year after they arrive at the border. Since the facilities are so overcrowded, authorities typically allow asylum seekers to go free into the US heartland on the promise they will show up for their court date; but the vast majority never do.
Most of the migrants flooding the border to demand asylum are from Central America; however, during recent months, the border has seen a surge of migrants from Africa, Cuba, and Haiti as well.
There will be some exceptions to Trump’s new law, including victims of human trafficking and those who were denied asylum in another country first.
It is likely, however, that the Administration’s new move will be blocked by liberal judges in the courts.
Attorney General William Barr said the nation is “a generous country but is being completely overwhelmed” by people looking to take advantage of our laws. He said in a statement, “This rule will decrease forum shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States.”