Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Feds announce new policy to limit asylum claims

Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally Trump administration takes step to tighten asylum system
Steven Clarke | 09 November, 2018, 07:40

Immigrant advocates quickly denounced the administration's move.

The new rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to get President Donald Trump's signature shortly - as well as face court challenges.

Immigrant advocacy groups have complained that under Trump, U.S. border police have made it more hard for people to cross into the country at ports of entry and have outright turned away some migrants.

The regulation would "channel inadmissible aliens to ports of entry, where they would be processed in a controlled, orderly, and lawful manner", according to the statement.

The new rule is nearly certain to be challenged in courts.

Trump's administration argues that he has the executive power to curb immigration in the name of national security, a power he invoked right after taking office with a controversial ban on travelers from several mostly-Muslim countries - the final version of which was upheld by the US Supreme Court on June 26 after a protracted legal battle.

Officials said once the plan came into full effect, migrants entering at the USA southern border would only be eligible for asylum if they reported at official ports of entry.

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

Many politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that the United States immigration system is hugely inefficient and unable to cope with demand.

Mr Trump made his hardline policies toward immigration a key issue ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections, sending thousands of U.S. troops to help secure the southern border and repeatedly drawing attention to a caravan of Central American migrants trekking through Mexico toward the United States.

He called a current caravan, which is still hundreds of miles from the United States border and dwindling in numbers, an "invasion" and said it would bring hardened criminals to U.S. streets.

On a call with reporters Thursday, senior administration officials emphasized that point, claiming that it would mean asylum claims will be handled more efficiently.

Mr Sessions, who resigned at Mr Trump's request this week, also instructed immigration judges and asylum officers to view illegal border-crossing as a "serious adverse factor" in deciding a case and to consider whether applicants could have escaped danger by relocating within their own countries.

"The government can not abdicate its responsibility towards migrants fleeing harm", the New York Immigration Coalition advocacy group said. "Over the past decade, the overall percentage of aliens subject to expedited removal and referred, as part of the initial screening process, for a credible-fear interview jumped from approximately 5% to above 40%, and the total number of credible-fear referrals for interviews increased from about 5,000 a year in Fiscal Year ('FY") 2008 to about 97,000 in FY 2018'.

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