U.S. to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

Members of one of the migrant caravans riding on a truck in Donaji Mexico last week

Immigration rights advocates reacted swiftly to the proposed asylum changes Thursday.

Mr. Trump had telegraphed the move last week, saying he was fed up with migrants exploiting US laws by making bogus claims.

Last Thursday, before heading to a campaign really, Trump also said migrants seeking asylum will be kept in tent cities, rather than released until their cases are adjudicated in immigration court.

Many of these immigrants in the past have sought asylum citing a "credible fear" of harm having already committed other offenses, such as entering the country illegally.

The new restrictions on asylum claims won't take effect until Trump issues a proclamation limiting or suspending entry into the US from Mexico, according to the rule. "It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree", Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, responded in in a statement.

Two senior administration officials that spoke to NBC News said that "of the [immigration] measures most likely to be approved by the president, all were likely to lead to a lawsuit".

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This summer, multiple news outlets reported that hundreds of migrants who had legally presented themselves to USA agents at official ports of entry, like San Ysidro, California and El Paso, Texas, were told that their asylum requests could not be processed.

"US law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry".

"What we are attempting to do is trying to funnel. asylum claims through the ports of entry where we are better resourced, have better capabilities and better manpower and staffing to actually handle those claims in an expeditious and efficient manner", they said. It's unknown whether those in the caravan, many fleeing violence in their homeland, plan to cross illegally. Mr. Trump claims he can accomplish this through an executive order, rather than with a constitutional amendment through Congress.

The United States will no longer allow people who enter the country illegally to claim asylum, officials said Thursday, unveiling a controversial new crackdown on immigration.

Curbing immigration has been a signature issue for Trump, who pushed it hard in the days leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections, railing against the caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the border. As of Thursday, there are more than 5,600 US troops deployed to the border mission, with about 550 actually working on the border in Texas. The military is expected to have the vast majority of the more than 7,000 troops planned for the mission deployed by Monday, and that number could grow. A report by the left-leaning Washington Office on Latin America suggested that "the number of unaccompanied children and family members admitted to the ports of entry, mainly for protection requests, plummeted by 42 percent from May to June".

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