US: Trump Administration Puts Tough New Asylum Rule Into Effect

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The US Supreme Court ordered a new rule which reverses decades of US policy. It prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the country.

Written By Bhavya Sukheja | Mumbai | Updated On:

The US Supreme Court ordered a new rule on September 11 that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the country. The new Trump Administration rule denies asylum nearly to all the migrants arriving at the southern border who are not from Mexico. Many migrants arriving are mostly fleeing from violence or poverty and upon arrival, they now have to pass an interview to seek asylum in the States, which most do. But now one might fail the interview if they have not sought asylum in another country before entering the US.

The effect of the policy

The new policy was first unveiled in July but was immediately blocked by a lower court ruling Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco. The spokeswoman for the Homeland Security claims that the policy will be retroactive to July 16, when the initial rule was announced. The shift reverses decades of US policy. The change will be affecting the non-Mexican migrants who try to enter the US southern border. The policy would be affecting thousands of Central American migrants who usually travel north through Mexico. It is going to affect mainly Hondurans and Guatemalans as they account for most people arrested or stopped at the border. 

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A temporary step

The American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, Lee Gelernt claimed that this policy is just a temporary step as the lives of thousands of families are at stake. There are thousands of people who are waiting at the border crossing to claim asylum in the US. The acting US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan also said that 45,000 people have been turned back to Mexico to wait out their asylum claims. 

“Migrants should be seeking help and asylum from the first country they come in contact with. They shouldn’t be paying the cartels thousands of dollars and risking their lives to take a 1,000-mile journey across several countries to get help. We want them to get help and seek asylum in the first country they get to.” 

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Justice Department spokesperson Alexei Woltornist said the agency was “pleased that the Supreme Court intervened in this case. This action will assist the Administration in its objectives to bring order to the crisis at the southern border, close loopholes in our immigration system, and discourage frivolous claims.”

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(With inputs from AP)

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