REPORT: Trump to Sign Executive Order This Week to Counter Caravan Asylum Seekers

As the caravan of migrants inch closer to our U.S. southern border, President Trump is continuing to take action.

A new report out on Wednesday, suggests Trump is planning to sign an executive order that will revamp the current policy on asylum seekers.

Back in May, ABC News explained the current asylum seeker process:

When an immigrant comes to a U.S. port of entry to request asylum, that person must declare to the customs officer a “credible fear of persecution” in his or her country of origin.

Under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 protocol, and adopted into U.S. law, the U.S. must recognize refugees that fear persecution and are not able to get help from their home country.

Anyone who declares they are seeking asylum at a U.S. port of entry is then moved to undergo a secondary interview, during which another customs official must confirm the credible fear claim.

The asylum seeker is placed in a holding area before being transferred to a separate detention facility under Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, while he or she awaits a hearing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services called adjudication.

Adjudicators, who are often judges, decide if the person is allowed to stay in the United States under refugee status.

President Trump’s executive order will reportedly seek to require asylum seekers to go to ports on entry to apply.

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.

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Trump, who in recent weeks has emphasized his hard-line immigration stances, said last week that he was “finalizing a plan” that would deny asylum to people who don’t enter at ports of entry.

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.

“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 from the White House.
Trump has recently ramped up his anti-immigration rhetoric, focusing on a group of migrants who are fleeing violence in Central America and moving toward the southern U.S. border. Trump has characterized the migrants as violent, while claiming they pose a security threat to Americans.
The president has also called the caravan of migrants an “invasion” even though they remain hundreds of miles from the border.