US Begins Tough New Policy on Asylum Seekers

US Begins Tough New Policy on Asylum Seekers

US Begins Tough New Policy on Asylum Seekers

Next week, Amnesty International will travel to South Texas to seek access to the secretive port courts that have been built for assembly-line proceedings for asylum-seekers subject to the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico policy, under which the USA government forces people to stay in Mexico while they ask for asylum in the United States.

"In effect, the rule forbids nearly all Central Americans [.] to apply for asylum in the United States if they enter or seek to enter through the southern border, unless they were first denied asylum in Mexico or another third country", she wrote.

The Trump administration is threatening to move swiftly to impose a near-total block on Central Americans seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border after the US supreme court gave its temporary blessing to a nationwide clampdown that effectively ends America's status as a safe haven for those fleeing persecution.

"Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution", Justice Sotomayor wrote.

"The United States can and must do better".

The administration said the rule screens out asylum claims that are unlikely to succeed and "deters aliens without a genuine need for asylum from making the arduous and potentially risky journey from Central America to the United States".

Migrants from Central America travel north, often on foot, through Mexico until they reach the USA border. "We are gravely disappointed the nation's highest court has lifted an injunction on a policy that-by barring asylum to anyone, including families and unaccompanied children who passes through a third country, is contrary to long-established U.S. practice", it said.

Under the deal - signed in June to avoid Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods - United States migrant detentions on the southern border have fallen 58.7 percent.

"We've already seen (migration) flows go down in the last couple of months, largely because of the "remain in Mexico" policy, which has kind of been a first step in making access to asylum more hard", Bolter said.

Democrats said the ruling puts people's lives at risk.

The US Supreme Court has allowed the government to severely limit the ability of migrants to claim asylum.

Sotomayor and Ginsburg said the government was not entitled to a stay.

There are questions over whether Mexico and Guatemala can cope with a surge in asylum claimants.

"We see detention centres crammed with migrants and children, riots, social problems arising, human rights abuses, and rising xenophobia among Mexicans", said Jorge Chabat, a professor of worldwide relations the University of Guadalajara.

"There is not much else we can do", he added, ruefully, "besides maybe lighting a candle for the Virgin of Guadalupe and praying for Donald Trump not to be reelected".

"The president of Nicaragua is friends with the president of Honduras, and what the Honduran president could do is send all of the Nicaraguans back to their country", he said.

Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reiterated that Mexico would not become a "third country" for US-bound asylum seekers.

The Republican president's administration issued the rule in an attempt to reduce the surging number of asylum claims primarily by Central American migrants who have crossed the U.S. -Mexico border in large numbers during his presidency.

He said relations between the two countries were very good and Trump recognized Mexico's efforts. "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!".

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