Trump promises executive order next week to change USA asylum laws

Cheryl Sanders
November 3, 2018

Trump has been escalating his already aggressive attacks on undocumented immigrants ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.

"Migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging miraculous claims in seeking asylum", Trump said.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jim Dubik, who oversaw the effort to build the Iraqi army and police, said that Trump's description of the migrant caravan as an "invasion" was wrong.

Notably, he said his executive order would come next week, which means it could be after Election Day.

The lawsuit alleges that the United States can not send troops into Mexico to cut off the caravan, and when informed by migrants who want to apply for asylum, they must be allowed into America and granted a so-called "credible fear" hearing. In reality, the vast majority of asylum seekers as well as undocumented immigrants show up for court dates, according to a study by the American Immigration Council. He has said he hopes to send as many as 15,000 troops to the border to stop caravans of thousands of migrants heading to the USA from Central America.


Mexico is now faced with the unprecedented situation of having three caravans stretched out over 300 miles of highways in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, with a total of about 6,000 migrants.

The president has cast the caravan as containing potential terrorists and other "tough" men who would particularly pose a threat to women - who are among the most sought-after voters in Tuesday's election. If all 4,000 in the current group were to make it to the border, there would be many similar caravans to follow.

"They've overrun the Mexican police and they've overrun and hurt, badly, Mexican soldiers", Trump said of so-called migrant "caravans" from Central America.

"When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military police, I say: Consider it a rifle", Mr Trump said. We will hold them - for a long time, if necessary.

Former generals who no longer need to respond to the wishes and whims of the commander in chief are becoming increasingly vocal about how President Donald Trump is using the USA military as props before the midterms elections, with one calling the massive deployment of personnel to the southern border a "political stunt".

Pressed on the issue of troops using force, he said, "I hope they won't".


In the last week, the president has claimed he will end birthright citizenship and the ability to apply for asylum other than at designated points of entry.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, an ally of the president and head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to the secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department that his office had received information that several members of the caravan had "significant criminal histories".

The U.S. president has spent the final days of the campaign hammering the issue as he tries to energize Republican voters, and his favorite target has been the migrant caravan of nearly 4,000 people that is still more than 800 miles away from the nearest U.S. border.

The first 100 or so active duty troops arrived at the border on Thursday, making initial assessment at the McAllen, Texas, crossing.

Ahead of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is tweeting a video alleging Democrats were responsible for allowing a convicted cop killer into the U.S. But he's providing no evidence supporting his claim.

He promised an executive order sometime next week that would ban migrants from claiming asylum if they cross the border illegally, and would set up vast tent cities that would hold anyone coming over the border. Such an action would virtually guarantee a legal challenge. Trump insisted to reporters the asylum plan would be legal.


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