Trump administration moves to restrict asylum seekers at border

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President Donald Trump is preparing to issue a proclamation asserting the emergency powers - and the rule changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register, The Washington Post reported.

Migrants would only be eligible for asylum if they came through official ports of entry.

Trump said he was sending 15,000 active duty military to the border to deal with the problem, in what former President Barack Obama called a political 'stunt.' The troops began laying barbed wire as the migrants traveled toward the US on foot.

Saying that the president has the power to change the rules "if he determines it to be in the national interest", new Acting Attorney General Mathew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the suspension of the current would mean that "any aliens who contravene a presidential suspension. will be rendered ineligible for asylum".

"This interim regulation is not only inconsistent with the letter of the law, but flatly contradicts it", Frelick said.

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.

"U.S. law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry".

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

The administration's plan, which invokes the same authority Mr Trump used to justify his travel ban on citizens of several Muslim-majority nations, is likely to be quickly challenged in court.

This is expected to put a dent in those streaming into an already overburdened system, officials said, noting that there is a backlog of more than 700,000 cases in the immigration courts.

In 2018, border patrols have registered more than 400,000 illegal border crossers, homeland security said. A senior administration official said Thursday that the vast majority of such claims are "non-meritorious".

Last week, he said he would be taking steps to limit asylum claims. Criminalization of asylum seekers rather than compassion has created some of the most shameful policies I've ever witnessed in this country.

A group of Central American migrants, representing the thousands participating in a caravan trying to reach the USA border, undertake an hours-long march to the office of the United Nations' humans rights body in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The migrants are largely poor people and many say they're fleeing violence; more than 1,700 were children under 18, and more than 300 were children under age 5.

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