Trump executive order to stop ‘meritless’ asylum claims at border ahead of caravan invasion

By Fred Lucas | The Daily Signal

President Donald Trump said Thursday he is working on an executive order to deny automatic entry to the U.S. to illegal immigrants claiming asylum unless they go to a legal port of entry.

“My administration is finalizing a plan to end the rampant abuse of our asylum system, to halt the dangerous influx, and to establish this control over America’s sovereign borders,” Trump said.

“Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum,” he said. “Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.”

Trump said he will be releasing a “quite comprehensive” executive order next week.

“Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country,” the president said. “We will hold them—for a long time, if necessary. The only long-term solution to the crisis, and the only way to ensure the endurance of our nation as a sovereign country, is for Congress to overcome open-borders obstruction.”

Currently, illegal immigrants who illegally cross the border can claim asylum, and the United States is legally obligated to grant them a hearing.

However, a single asylum case can take as long as three years to hear. Trump and other federal officials have said that illegal immigrants frequently don’t show up for those hearings, since they are already in the interior of the country.

“We will end catch and release. We are not releasing any longer,” he said.

Trump also spoke of the Central American caravan of migrants in Mexico making its way toward the United States’ southern border. At one point, the caravan reportedly numbered 10,000, but the crowd is said to have declined since then to fewer than 4,000.

“These illegal caravans will not be allowed into the United States, and they should turn back now, because they’re wasting their time,” the president said. “They should apply to come into our country. We want them to come legally into our country.”

Trump called the caravan an “invasion” that has already “overrun” the Mexican border, carrying out violent acts against Mexican police and soldiers. He has deployed 7,000 active-duty military personnel to assist Customs and Border Protection officials and has threatened to double that number.

He said the caravan was involved in a “break-in” to Mexico, one in which its police and military were attacked.

“Anybody throwing stones or rocks, like they did to the Mexican military and the Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference,” Trump said.

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5 thoughts on “Trump executive order to stop ‘meritless’ asylum claims at border ahead of caravan invasion

  1. The Caravan,
    If you watch the news ( CNN, NBC, ABC ) we are going to shoot every last one of them poor people, because that’s what the say the military is paid to do. All these poor souls want is asylum … what a crook, if that was true they would have stayed in Mexico, as they offered them just that. All they want is all the free stuff they know they will receive once they hit our country, just listen to them. They want !!

    President Trump is doing the correct thing ” Securing our Borders ” who is ever funding this crowd of lawbreakers needs to be held accountable. How many of the DemocRATic Politicians leave these doors opened and their windows unlocked, that’d be none. Hypocrites.

    We are a nation of Immigrants, our forefathers came here with nothing but the clothes on their backs and not a dime to their name, did they get welfare, food stamps NO they worked every day for pennies, followed the laws and learned our language, they assimilated to the US.

    Your welcome to the US, if you come in the correct way if you sneak in your a criminal and that goes to show you do not respect our laws.

  2. Obama said Trump is telling lies, making it up.

    Former President Barack Obama lamented the state of political rhetoric in the U.S. at a rally in Wisconsin on Friday, saying politicians are “just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying.”

    Obama Lie No.1

    In 2011, Obama claimed he “signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history,” referring to the Making Work Pay provision in his stimulus package.

    Obama’s calculation for his claim was based on “dubious math,” according to The Washington Post. Former-presidents John F Kennedy and George W. Bush signed larger tax cuts into law.

    Obama Lie No. 2

    When campaigning for his health care bill called the Affordable Care Act, Obama claimed, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

    After his bill passed, cancelation notices began pouring into at least two million Americans’ mailboxes because of a short cutoff to bring existing plans in under the new law and strict regulations written by Obama’s administration, The Washington Post reported.

    Obama Lie No. 3

    Terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

    Obama and his administration downplayed the terrorist aspect of the attack in the immediate aftermath of the event, but the then-president later tried to spin his comments, saying, “the day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged this was an act of terrorism.”

    Obama referred vaguely to an “act of terror” immediately after the attack, but “over a period of two weeks, given three opportunities in interviews to affirmatively agree that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, the president obfuscated or ducked the question,” The Washington Post reported.

  3. I had to wait three years in the Netherlands, had numerous interviews, filled out many forms, before I was finally allowed to come to the US.

    Here we have people who are choosy.

    Mexico offered them asylum, legal stay in Mexico, and protection, and healthcare, and education, and work, but they refused.

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