United States proposes rule banning asylum for illegal migrants

Trump just announced a big change to immigration policy – and it will affect caravan migrants

The Trump administration announced new measures Thursday that would deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, invoking emergency national security powers to curb long-standing humanitarian protections for foreigners who arrive on American soil.

The 9th Circuit concluded that the Department of Homeland Security was wrong to assert that DACA is illegal, writing that the program is "a permissible exercise of executive discretion", and therefore those who have sought to challenge the administration's move to rescind it "are likely to succeed".

The president can stop migration in the "national interest", a statement said.

The Trump administration lost a court bid on Thursday, when a federal appeals court in California ruled that it must continue a programme started under former president Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children, known as Dreamers.

The asylum section of the Immigration and Nationality Act says a migrant is allowed to make a claim up to a year after arriving in the US, and it doesn't matter how they arrive - illegally or through a border crossing.

Now President Trump has signed an order cracking down on migrants trying to cross into the United States.

Administration officials have said existing U.S. asylum rules encouraged illegal immigration and bogged down legitimate claims.

"Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility", they explained.

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The White House has yet to release more expansive information about to whom the rule would apply.

Trump is expected to sign the order on Friday before leaving on a trip to Paris. More than 5,000 United States troops have already been deployed to the border, and Trump said the number could rise to 15,000.

The rule has already faced backlash, with groups promising a legal response.

The rule 'would bar such aliens from eligibility for asylum and thereby channel inadmissible aliens to ports of entry, where they would be processed in a controlled, orderly, and lawful manner'.

Migrants in serious fear of persecution were considered refugees under worldwide law. Under global law, these are considered refugees. Only nine percent of those migrants seeking asylum, though, are ultimately granted asylum.

Days later, the Supreme Court upheld the president's controversial travel ban against people from several Muslim majority countries.

Any executive order ending birthright citizenship would likely provoke a Constitutional debate and be challenged in the Supreme Court, as birthright citizenship is now guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

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