The Trump administration has taken another drastic step to curb illegal immigration from Mexico and the southern borders. The administration decided on Thursday to drastically cut down on rules which allow illegal immigrants to request asylum in USA. This would directly affect the federal laws and international conventions, a step Trump said was necessary to curb the increasing number of caravans making their way into the US-Mexico borders.
According to a statement released, the President can stop the immigration in “national interest”. Trump had made curbing illegal immigration his main agenda during the 2018 mid-term elections.
Once the plan is implemented, which would be in the matter of few weeks, migrants entering the southern US borders would be eligible for asylums only if they come from the official ports of entry.
The main aim of Trump administration for this latest move is to limit the eligibility of the vast number of “aliens” who come to seek asylum in the US.
“Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a joint statement. “Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate (the new rules).”