Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

President Trump expected to sign executive order on asylum system soon

President Trump expected to sign executive order on asylum system soon

The new rules are subject to a presidential proclamation expected Friday in which Trump will invoke the same justification he did for the travel ban.

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

Drawing on national security powers, the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice issued a fast-track rule barring immigrants from seeking asylum if they first enter the USA illegally.

"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", they explained.

This summer, multiple news outlets reported that hundreds of migrants who had legally presented themselves to US agents at official ports of entry, like San Ysidro, California and El Paso, Texas, were told that their asylum requests could not be processed.

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

"What we are attempting to do is trying to funnel. asylum claims through the ports of entry where we are better resourced, have better capabilities and better manpower and staffing to actually handle those claims in an expeditious and efficient manner", a senior administration official told reporters in a news briefing on Thursday, on condition of anonymity.

Migrants who show up at ports of entry demanding asylum would still be permitted.

Those seeking political or other kinds of asylum - almost all of them coming from impoverished and violent crime-plagued countries of Central America - will be heard exclusively at the border crossings, administration officials told journalists.

In 2018, border patrols have registered more than 400,000 illegal border crossers, homeland security said. More than 7,000 active duty troops could eventually be deployed, Defense Department officials said.

Migrants who cross illegally are generally arrested and often seek asylum or some other form of protection.

"The vast majority of these applications eventually turn out to be non-meritorious", a senior administration official said, asking not to be identified.

If an asylum seeker enters the United States illegally, they have been - until now - still entitled to a hearing of their claim.

A group of Central American migrants, representing the thousands participating in a caravan trying to reach the US border, undertake an hours-long march to the office of the United Nations' humans rights body in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. And in the last five years, the number of those requesting asylum has increased by 2,000 percent, it said.

Similar caravans have gathered regularly over the years and have generally dwindled by the time they reach the southern border.

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