President Trump is moving to end asylum protections for migrants from Central America. As of tomorrow, asylum will be denied for anyone who has crossed another country before entering the United States.
This new rule also applies to children who cross the southern border alone, although the AP is reporting that there are some exceptions to the new rule.
If someone has been trafficked, if the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international treaties that govern how refugees are managed (though most Western countries have signed them) or if an asylum-seeker sought protection in a country but was denied, then a migrant could still apply for U.S. asylum.
But the move by President Donald Trump’s administration was meant to essentially end asylum protections as they now are on the southern border.
The new rule will apply to all asylum seekers entering the country, including those who are claiming a “credible fear” of violence or persecution if they are returned to their home country. The new rule will not, however, apply to any asylum seekers currently in the country.
This new rule on asylum seekers is the latest effort by the Trump administration to curb the flood of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border into the United States. Many of these people have come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador through Mexico.
Many more illegal immigrants have been coached on exactly how to claim asylum when they arrive in the United States. Democrat Congresswoman Veronica Escobar recently courted controversy when it was reported that she had been secretly sending staff members to Mexico to coach illegal aliens on how to exploit asylum loopholes.
The Trump administration’s new rule will likely be challenged in court. I imagine there’s already a judge in Hawaii who has drawn up an opinion as to why the President of the United States is not allowed to restrict illegal immigration at all (even though he is).
Cross-posted at Trigger Warning Radio.