President Trump just checkmated Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. The Democrats have dug in their heels and will not change our laws to reflect the new reality.
The new reality is that immigrants have learned how to game our asylum laws. It is not just Central Americans but immigrants from across the globe who know the path to the good life in America starts with asylum.
It puts us in a tough position – we want to help as many people as we can because we are generous, but we can’t help them all.
Moreover, immigrants simply looking for a better life actually take up spaces saved for asylum seekers in mortal danger.
Look, there are no easy solutions but tightening up our laws to reflect the new reality is a good place to start. Because the Democrats refuse to help, Trump will act on his own.
From The Hill: According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country before reaching the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum when they reach the southern border.
The rule, which is expected to go into effect Tuesday, is likely to face a slew of legal challenges.
Under the rule, those who have been the victims of trafficking are granted exceptions. The rule also allows exceptions for migrants passing through countries that have not signed major international refugee treaties and for migrants who have been denied asylum in the countries they traveled through.
Attorney General William Barr defended the legality of the move in a statement Monday.
“This Rule is a lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum,” Barr said in the statement.
“The United States is a generous country but is being completely overwhelmed by the burdens associated with apprehending and processing hundreds of thousands of aliens along the southern border.”
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan described the rule as an “interim” measure until Congress can act.
The move to restrict protections for most Central American asylum seekers is the latest effort by the Trump administration to attempt to curb the number of people crossing the U.S.–Mexico border.
The administration has attempted several times to place restrictions on the number of migrants who can apply for asylum per day and where they must await a resolution, but a number of those attempts have been blocked in court.