The Trump administration announced a rule that will block migrants from seeking asylum if they do not cross the border at an official port of entry. A proclamation from President Trump is expected soon and will determine which migrants will be affected. The White House said the purpose of the rule is to process migrants in a ‘controlled, orderly, and lawful manner.’ Immigrant rights advocates claim the rule will hurt people fleeing from violence and persecution.
- Will this encourage migrants to cross over at official ports of entry?
- Will this make things more “orderly”?
- Is it important to deploy more military personnel to the border?
The Trump administration announced a new immigration rule on Thursday that will prevent migrants from seeking asylum if they do not cross the United States border at an official port 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 U.S. illegally. Administration officials said the new rule is contingent on a proclamation from President Donald Trump determining which migrants will be affected by the new regulation. The proclamation is expected as soon as Friday.
Administration officials described the new policy as necessary to combat what they see as rampant abuse of the existing system, noting that most migrants who request asylum under the current process are ultimately denied. The goal of the new policy, according to a document the administration posted Thursday, is to push migrants toward official ports of entry where they can be processed in a “controlled, orderly, and lawful manner.”
Immigrant rights defenders said that the new rule is a humanitarian crisis, as it is likely to significantly reduce the number of people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries who can apply for asylum in the United States.
The rule will also likely to face steep legal challenges from immigrant advocacy groups who say the new rule violates decades-old asylum laws. “U.S. law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry. It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, in a statement.