Trump administration announces plans to stop asylum claims at US-Mexico border
Migrants who pass through Mexico en route to the US will no longer be able to seek asylum in the United States, the Trump administration announced on Monday.
The policy, which comes into effect on Tuesday, states that those arriving at the southern US border will not be allowed to apply for asylum if they have passed through another country first. It is designed to halt the large flows of migrants arriving from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but will also impact Cubans, Haitians, citizens of African countries, and others.
The plan will certainly be challenged in the courts.
William Barr, the attorney general, said that the United States is “a generous country, but is being completely overwhelmed” by the burdens associated with apprehending and processing hundreds of thousands of migrants at the southern border.
“This rule will decrease forum-shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States,” he said.
The number of migrants seeking asylum has dramatically increased in recent years.
In 2009, there were 35,811 asylum claims, and 8,384 were granted……..read more
Source: The Telegraph