With the midterm elections all but over, President Trump looks to be returning to the agenda that got him elected…in a big way.
Before all of the hustle and bustle of the 2018 election gave way to the absurd and downright nasty results that we’ve seen, the nation was staring down a massive and mobile situation in Mexico as a horde of up to 14,000 Central American migrants marched north toward Texas. Having already refused offers of asylum from the nation of Mexico, the caravan has insisted that they will attempt to reach the United States before seeking such political advantage.
Now, in order to maintain the peace at the border, President Trump is doing everything in his power to entice these migrants to enter the US legally, even going so far as to revoke asylum rights for those who refuse to follow the rules.
Foreigners who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally will no longer be allowed to claim asylum under a new rule meant to crack down on “meritless” claims, the Trump administration announced on Thursday.
Non-Americans hoping to claim asylum must do so at an official border crossing under the rule. All others who simply cross into the United States cannot then claim asylum.
“Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens into the United States if he determines it to be in the national interest to do so,” Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a joint statement. “Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it. 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.”
The President has repeatedly run into opposition from the democrats in seeking to bolster our border security with a physical barrier, which has likely contributed to his increasingly agitated tone and the use of such extreme measures to ensure US national security.
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