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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:25 AM

Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

Source: LA Times

The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to a new rule published in the Federal Register , asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.

There are some exceptions: If someone has been trafficked, if the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international treaties that govern how refugees are managed (though most Western countries have signed them) or if an asylum-seeker sought protection in a country but was denied, then a migrant could still apply for U.S. asylum.

But the move by President Donald Trump's administration was meant to essentially end asylum protections as they now are on the southern border.


Read more: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-central-americans-asylum-protections-20190715-story.html?hootPostID=7a17e0e735ac0e6fb658a226a5a7b219





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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:05 AM

1. Again, how can he just do these things? I thought immigration police

came through Congress.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:20 AM

2. I don't see how he just does these things. I thought we had checks and balances. He just does

this shit and with seemingly little push back ... I guess. Having his administration plus the senate by default gives him an awful lot of power. The founders, I don't think, ever envisioned someone quite like tRump being president.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:27 AM

3. "The policy is almost certain to face a legal challenge. U.S. law allows refugees to request asylum




No doubt since trump has declared the border to be a National Emergency, the courts might agree with him???? we will see.

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The policy is almost certain to face a legal challenge. U.S. law allows refugees to request asylum when they arrive at the U.S. regardless of how they did so, but there is an exception for those who have come through a country considered to be "safe." But the Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs asylum law, is vague on how a country is determined "safe"; it says "pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement."

Right now, the U.S. has such an agreement, known as a "safe third country," only with Canada. Under a recent agreement with Mexico, Central American countries were considering a regional compact on the issue, but nothing has been decided. Guatemalan officials were expected in Washington on Monday, but apparently a meeting between Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was canceled amid a court challenge in Guatemala over whether the country could agree to a safe third with the U.S.

The new rule also will apply to the initial asylum screening, known as a "credible fear" interview, at which migrants must prove they have credible fears of returning to their home country. It applies to migrants who are arriving to the U.S., not those who are already in the country.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:54 AM

4. This will be challenged in court as asylum laws should hold.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:46 AM

5. How does he sleep at night?

I'm guessing not at all.

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Response to Initech (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 12:18 PM

6. He will sleep just fine!

We are the ones losing sleep over the cruelty of this administration. We need to vote out president Stephen Miller to get relief as aspirin and Tylenol are no longer working.

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 12:38 PM

7. Maybe this would help?





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Response to Initech (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 01:42 PM

8. Unfortunately I think it would just add to the problem.

Although I would agree that you wouldn't care as much about what is happening. Maybe that is a partial answer to uncaring tRump supporters?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 05:58 PM

9. The Latest: Mexico 'does not agree' with new US asylum rule

Source: Associated Press

The Latest: Mexico ‘does not agree’ with new US asylum rule

today

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s new rule for Central American migrants seeking U.S. asylum (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says his country “does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum. That was a reference to measures announced Monday by the U.S. government to end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ebrard said at a news conference that a “safe third country” agreement with the United States “is not going to happen,” though he later appeared to hedge on that, saying only it would need prior congressional approval.

He said Mexico would maintain its current asylum practices.

Mexico’s asylum system is also currently overwhelmed by a rise in requests.

The U.S. published a new rule in the Federal Register that says asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/e0269f59c5dd43308d404804713ef3c1

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:46 PM

10. We have laws and treaties this will violate. He hasn't the individual authority to abrogate them.

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