Last updated on November 11th, 2018
Migrants who cross the southern US border illegally will no longer be eligible for asylum, Trump administration has said. The new policy implies that if any citizen tries to enter the nation in an illicit way, he she’ will be deported immediately.
The administration issuing a new law will be effective immediately, Friday. The same day might also witness Donald Trump signing a proclamation, suspending the entry of all people who cross the US-Mexico border between ports of entry.
Besides, immigration was a major focus in Trump’s mid-term election campaign. Interestingly, it was just weeks before the mid-term elections that Trump denounced a caravan of thousands of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico.
He strictly ordered the troops to protect the borders, besides declaring the migrants to be an “invasion.” Trump also called the group as a threat to USA’s national interest declaring that it is a caravan, which consists of criminals.
Acting Attorney General Mattew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen announced changes on Thursday. Under the newly passed law, the government will actively listen to the claims from the migrants if they state that they fear violence in their home country. Therefore, only those who have a serious fear of persecution, will be entitled to the category of refugees.
The move however, has brought forward a lot of criticism and The American Civil Liberties Union, a group that defends individual rights, called on the move as “illegal.” “The union said, “US law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry.”
Trump administration has always taken some serious actions against the immigrants mostly aimed at regulating policies, in order to protect Donald Trump’s so called harm to USA’s “national interest”. An example of which, can be traced back from June, when Trump signed an executive order, promising to keep families together in migration centers. However, the place reportedly lacked basic amenities and made the immigrants suffer.