The current administration continues to create new barriers and hurdles for many asylum seekers. The administration has now published a tough new rule for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice that goes into effect on July 16.
The Trump administration suffered another setback in its campaign against asylum-seekers. This time it was a ruling of a judge who blocked the administration’s attempt to require asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico until the time of their hearing in the U.S. However, the judge did wait to implement the ruling until the government has a chance to appeal.
Young immigrants who face hardships, neglect and abuse at home had previously been able to apply for legal asylum here in the United States. According to a recent report, the current administration has now seemingly limited the age limit from 21 years old to 17 years old. First launched in 1990, this program enabled thousands (an estimated 50,000 since 2010) of young immigrants to seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card.
The Trump administration is currently trying to cut a deal with Mexico where asylum seekers would possibly conduct their interviews in the U.S. and then return to Mexico. The Immigration and Nationality Act does allow the U.S. to send applicants back to Mexico, but the same law also allows asylum seekers who pass their credible fear interview to remain in the U.S. Thus, the law exempts the very applicants that the Trump administration wishes to prevent from entering the country.
A U. S. District Judge in Houston has stalled the enforcement of a new rule by the Trump administration that would block asylum seekers who cross the border illegally. This is yet another setback for the president and his efforts to impose his own restrictions without the approval of Congress. This ruling is in response to several legal groups who sued the president after he issued a proclamation saying asylum seekers who did not use official ports of entry would not be eligible for asylum. According to the administration, this is in response to the caravans of asylum seekers moving north through Mexico.
The caravan consisting of thousands of migrants is making its way through Mexico. It is getting a lot of attention from the media, the president and local Mexicans who seem to be the only ones helping them. If they make it and depending on where they joined and where they cross, the migrants will have walked well over a thousand miles before they reach the U.S.
When someone faces persecution or physical danger in their home country, they may choose to move to the United States and seek asylum. Though the nation’s current stance toward immigration is sometimes less than friendly, the U.S. is still known around the world for opening its doors for people from all nations.
A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction to stop the Trump administration’s attempt to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. This means that 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan are breathing little easier today. The humanitarian program was created in 1990 to provide safe haven to immigrants fleeing civil war or natural disasters, enabling immigrants to legally live and work in the U.S. Many have since given birth to and raised U.S. citizens here.
One thing that has a very big impact on asylum seekers who are facing expedited removal is what happens in their credible fear review. Generally, in order to pursue an asylum claim, individuals facing expedited removal have to be found to have a credible fear of facing persecution if they were to return to their home country.
The president’s platform regarding immigration has been controversial from his earliest days as a candidate. The recent escalation in the spring of 2018 now involves more aggressive actions from the administration in separating detained asylum seekers from their children.