United States immigration officials move to restrict asylum at border

Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally

Trump administration takes step to tighten asylum system

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a "interim final rule" stipulating that any and all immigrants who illegally cross into the US' southern border with Mexico will be deemed ineligible to apply for asylum.

Frequently attacking a caravan of thousands of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico, Mr Trump ordered troops to the border and declared the migrants to be an "invasion".

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

"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".

Over and over again, the president has said that he thinks that America is being invaded by immigrants, and as a result, you see him taking this really remarkable move.

Claims have spiked in recent years, and there is a backlog of more than 800,000 cases pending in immigration court.

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Slate reported on November 5 that Kavanaugh has declined to "run interference" for Trump in three of his early rulings - when he declined to rule on the controversial citizenship question on the 2020 Census; when he did not publicly share his vote on the deposition of former commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and stayed mum on the court's decision to punt the legality of the citizenship question to a circuit court.

Officials say the new policy is grounded in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It's unknown whether those in the caravan, many fleeing violence in their homeland, plan to cross illegally.

So the Trump administration is saying that there are too many people claiming asylum, and that the vast majority of these people don't have a credible fear claim.

Those issues were not addressed by the regulations.

POTUS initially revealed his administration's intentions last week during a speech at the White House in which he indicated that he was "finalizing a plan" to deny asylum claims from those who illegally enter the US. Generally, only about 20 per cent of applicants are approved. About 4,800 migrants are sheltered in a sports complex in Mexico City, some 600 miles (965 kilometres) from the US border.

"Asylum-seekers have been left to camp out for days and weeks on bridges at the border, when they should be guaranteed a right to enter the country for a fair hearing".

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