New reports coming from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday indicate that President Trump will likely sign a new executive order during the week, which will be designed to overhaul the existing US policy on asylum seekers.
The order is expected to be signed by Friday, according to sources within the White House, and comes in response to the ongoing saga surrounding the caravans of Central American migrants heading towards the US border through Mexico.
Last week, the president announced that he was “finalizing a plan” to combat the continued attempts at illegal immigrants entering the country under the guise of being “asylum seekers,” and would require all seeking asylum to report to ports of entry.
“Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into the country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum,” Trump said during a speech last week, calling out countries who failed to prevent the migrants during their march.
With the president departing for Paris, France, on Friday, White House officials reported the executive order would likely be signed that morning.
Late October, appearing on the Laura Ingraham show, President Trump warned Asylum seekers that make it to the U.S. border that he won’t be building fancy 5 star accommodations for them.
Instead, they will be staying in a “tent city” while their trials take place.
In addition, he expects very few would actually be granted asylum and clarified “if they don’t get asylum they get out…they don’t usually get asylum.”
As a consolation, Trump promised the tents are “going to be very nice.”
From The Hill:
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would revamp U.S. policy on asylum seekers by requiring them to go to ports of entry to apply for asylum, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Trump could sign the order as soon as Friday morning before he leaves for Paris for a scheduled trip, the Journal reported, citing administration officials.
Those officials also told the newspaper that the plan is for the policy to be temporary, but they didn’t provide a specific timeline.
The president said his policy would be “totally legal” even though current law allows immigrants to seek asylum even if they don’t come into the country via a port of entry.
He also said last week that the policy would be implemented through an executive order by this week.