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Trump signs proclamation limiting asylum seekers

Trump signs proclamation limiting asylum seekers

President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation that would prevent immigrants from qualifying for asylum if they entered the United States illegally.

"We do this because of our obligations under global law and who we are as a country, and what we understand our role to be in terms of protecting people fleeing persecution", added Jadwat, who said ACLU attorneys have been anticipating the measures and reviewing legal options.

The move came as a caravan of thousands of migrants, which Trump has branded an "invasion" of "criminals", makes its way northward through Mexico toward the border.

In June, Mr Trump backed down from public pressure and signed an executive order to keep families together in migrant detention centres.

The caravan has remained undeterred, and participants said they plan on applying for asylum at an official port of entry.

The measures are meant to funnel asylum seekers through official border crossings for speedy rulings, officials said, instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the almost 3,200-kilometre border\ between the USA and Mexico.

The decision comes amid a huge crisis, as some 7,000 migrants, according to United Nations estimates, are moving towards the USA southern border in a bid to obtain asylum.

The regulation would largely affect migrants from the Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - who have been crossing the USA border with Mexico.

After failing to meet this goal, Trump said that the US was deploying 5,000 military personnel to the US-Mexico border.




The regulation will also amend the screening process for aliens subject to a bar on asylum eligibility, a senior administration official said.

U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., put up razor wire fence near the U.S. -Mexico border in Donna, Texas on November 4.

8, an announcement suddenly appeared on the Department of Justice's official website that demonstrated very clearly that new Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker is wasting no time settling into his new role.

But directing the migrants to the official ports could create massive backups among applicants on the Mexican side of the border.

Requiring asylum seekers to go to a border checkpoint and surrender themselves to the custody of the border patrol is what should have been happening all along.

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. 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.

While there has been a recent spike in asylum claims, the number of illegal crossings at the southern border is a fraction of the totals seen from the late 1980s through the early 2000s. The U.S. took in approximately 200,000 refugees per year in 1980, and the total had never fallen below 70,000 before Trump entered office. Those moves have been challenged in court. Before the midterm elections, Trump mulled ending birthright citizenship - the policy that ensures all children born on usa soil are automatically citizens - by executive order.

The United States has had a cap on refugee admissions since the Refugee Act - which set out an admissions system for asylum seekers - was passed by Congress in 1980.

It's unclear how many people en route to the USA will even make it to the border.

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