Donald Trump signs immigration order on asylum, United States News & Top Stories

Members of one of the migrant caravans riding on a truck in Donaji Mexico last week

Members of one of the migrant caravans riding on a truck in Donaji Mexico last week

Global refugee law says that asylum seekers have the right to lodge asylum claims irrespective of illegal entry or presence, which USA asylum law affirms by saying, "any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival...) irrespective of such aliens status, may apply for asylum".

"We need people in our country but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit", Trump said Friday as he prepared to depart for Paris.

The regulations released, in conjunction with an order expected to be signed by President Donald Trump, would effectively ban migrants who cross the U.S. border with Mexico illegally from qualifying for asylum.

Once the plan goes into full effect, migrants entering at the USA southern border would be eligible for asylum only if they report at official ports of entry, officials said.

The new restrictions on asylum claims won't take effect until Trump issues a proclamation limiting or suspending entry into the USA from Mexico, according to the rule.

The rule, as outlined by administration officials on a briefing call, is meant to crack down on people who jump the border illegally and then subsequently make asylum claims. Trump said last week that he planned to modify the asylum process to make it more hard for Central American migrants in the caravan to request protection.

Trump's proclamation does not apply to unaccompanied children, officials said.

The restriction is created to deter migrants from entering the country, including a caravan of South American refugees making their way toward the US-Mexico border.

The directive is a temporary measure, and circumvents current laws that state anyone who applies for asylum in the USA is eligible to have their case heard, no matter whether they arrived legally or illegally.

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.

The administration has also looked to end protections under programs in which tens of thousands of people from Honduras and El Salvador, who entered the country after hurricanes and earthquakes devastated their countries near the beginning of the century. "So while immigration laws afford people various forms of protection, there's a violation of federal law in the manner these illegal aliens are entering the country".

"Channelling 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. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, said Thursday they were clearly illegal.

"There are multiple responsibilities at a port of entry and you can't simply move all of your resources to migrant processing", said one border official.

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