Hard line on asy­lum at the bor­der

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHRIS SOM­MER­FELDT

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion rolled out an ex­ec­u­tive or­der Thurs­day that dras­ti­cally cur­tails the abil­ity of mi­grants to ap­ply for asy­lum at the south­ern bor­der, a hard-line move that drew sharp re­buke from im­mi­gra­tion ad­vo­cacy groups and is ex­pected to prompt le­gal chal­lenges.

The new rule, which was an­nounced by newly ap­pointed Act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whi­taker and Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen, bars mi­grants from mak­ing asy­lum claims if they cross the bor­der il­le­gally, a re­stric­tion that flies in the face of long­stand­ing asy­lum statutes.

“Con­sis­tent with our im­mi­gra­tion laws, the Pres­i­dent has the broad au­thor­ity to sus­pend or re­strict the en­try of aliens into the United States if he de­ter­mines it to be in the na­tional in­ter­est to do so,” Whi­taker and Nielsen said in a joint state­ment.

The asy­lum over­haul comes weeks be­fore a slow-mov­ing car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants is ex­pected to ar­rive at the bor­der with Mex­ico.

Pres­i­dent Trump spent the weeks lead­ing up to Tues­day’s midterm elec­tions mak­ing fear-mon­ger­ing and out­right false claims about the des­per­ate mi­grants.

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