Illegal border crossers now ineligible for asylum, White House says

Illegal border crossers now ineligible for asylum, White House says

Justice and Homeland Security officials said Thursday that President Donald Trump would make good on his pre-election promise last week to crack down on asylum seekers in response to a migrant caravan heading toward the USA southern border.

Trump is expected to sign the order on Friday before leaving on a trip to Paris.

The restrictions rely on authorities Trump cited when implement his travel ban in early 2017, the Post reported.

But the administration official argued that "what we're attempting to do is trying to funnel credible fear claims, or asylum claims, through the ports of entry where we are better resourced". "So while immigration laws afford people various forms of protection, there's a violation of federal law in the manner these illegal aliens are entering the country".

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.

The new policy would kick in only after the president issues a proclamation blocking entry of illegal immigrants across the southern border.

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Christie was initially considered as a contender for the attorney general position during the transition. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comments Thursday after Sessions handed in his resignation.

The announcement was the latest push to enforce Trump's hard-line stance on immigration through regulatory changes and presidential orders, bypassing Congress.

During the election, Trump put immigration at the top of voters' minds, seeking to sow fear over a caravan of Central American migrants and asylum seekers. As of Thursday, there are more than 5,600 USA troops deployed to the border mission, with about 550 actually working on the border in Texas. More than 7,000 active duty troops could eventually be deployed, Defense Department officials said.

Administration officials have said existing US asylum rules encourage illegal immigration and bog down legitimate claims.

Those issues were not addressed by the regulations.

It only would affect immigrants who seek asylum after the issuance of a presidential proclamation. Once triggered, it would give the government the power to deny asylum claims to illegal immigrants. But many migrants are unaware of that guidance, and official border crossings have grown clogged. Backlogs have become especially bad in recent months at crossings in California, Arizona and Texas, with some people waiting five weeks to try to claim asylum at San Diego's main crossing. About 4,800 migrants are sheltered in a sports complex in Mexico City, some 600 miles (965 kilometres) from the USA border.

In 2017, the US fielded more than 330,000 asylum claims, almost double the number two years earlier and surpassing Germany as highest in the world. Most have passed largely unnoticed.

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