Trump Signs Order Denying Asylum to Illegal Border Crossers

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The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the USA southern border illegally from seeking asylum.

The Trump administration ordered a key change in the immigration policies in relation to asylum seekers, and it will affect how migrants in the caravans heading to the US could seek refugee status.

President Trump has signed an immigration order requiring asylum seekers to make their claim at their point of entry to the U.S., and barring illegal immigrants from requesting asylum.

On a call with reporters Thursday, senior White House officials said the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were issuing a new interim rule that would restrict who can make a valid asylum claim.

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Currently, US asylum rules do not bar people who enter the country without authorisation, and the Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs the US immigration system, specifically allows people who arrive in the United States, whether or not they do so at a designated port of entry, to apply for asylum. Since 2014, asylum claims at the border have increased fourfold, adding to a backlog of more than 750,000 pending cases in US immigration courts. Nonetheless, it would still give those who cross illegally a way to get into the immigration court backlog and released from custody, especially those who are traveling with children.

"There are multiple responsibilities at a port of entry and you can't simply move all of your resources to migrant processing", said one border official.

The president can stop migration in the "national interest", a statement said. They are now about 600 miles away.

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.

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Thanks to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asylum rules were reformed to prevent migrants from receiving asylum by claiming they are fleeing violence, gangs, or domestic abuse.

The new changes were likely to be met with legal challenges, too.

While there has been a recent spike in asylum claims, the number of illegal crossings at the southern border is a fraction of the totals seen from the late 1980s through the early 2000s.

Trump has also expressed an interest in ending birthright citizenship to those born to non-citizens and for ending the the so-called DACA protections of those who've been in the usa for years but were brought into the country illegally while children. About 4,800 migrants are sheltered in a sports complex in Mexico City, some 600 miles (965 kilometers) from the US border. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the USA will make up almost 15 percent of the entire US population.

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

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