Trump to give remarks on immigration
- Author: Tracy Klein Nov 02, 2018,
Nov 02, 2018, 3:58
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would order border agents to refuse to consider the asylum claims of people apprehended while crossing the border between ports of entry - though immigration lawyers asserted the move runs afoul of USA and worldwide law.
In a lengthy speech Thursday, Trump said migrants are abusing the asylum system and making a "mockery" of immigration laws.
Trump has ramped up his tough stance on illegal immigration, an issue that appeals to his core supporters, before elections on Tuesday that will determine whether his fellow Republicans keep control of Congress.
President Trump announced Thursday his administration is finalizing a plan to only allow asylum seekers to apply at designated points of entry.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet released.
Trump also said the U.S. is building "massive" tent cities to house asylum seekers, including children, while their claims are processed.
The figure took the Pentagon by surprise as it had only planned to send 7,000 troops to support Customs and Border Protection agents.
"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he added. "When we continued the exact same law, the country went insane." - immigration speech Thursday.
An estimated 5,200 U.S. Army troops have been dispatched to the U.S. -Mexico border, with orders to assist the Border Patrol when the caravan reaches the border in coming weeks.
Trump said Thursday that, under his order, any migrants who do manage to enter the country illegally will be housed in "massive tent cities" he plans to build while their cases are processed.
The migrants have not said what route they intend to take northward or where on the US border they planned to reach, and Juchitan, still about 900 miles from USA soil, was something of a crossroads. "They have done everything perfectly, and they are going to come in".
The U.S. has also signed the U.N.'s Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, which means it can not return a refugee to a country where his or her life would be threatened on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. That, he said, would prevent them from fleeing and never showing up at court. But she expressed concern about what would happen to those seeking asylum in the meantime.
'You have caravans coming up that look a lot larger than it's reported, actually, ' Trump told ABC News.
The caravan of migrants is still hundreds of miles from the border. However, there is precedent for similar actions at the border being struck down, according to Elora Mukherjee, director of Columbia Law School's Immigrant Rights Clinic. The U.S. also doesn't have space at the border to manage the large-scale detention of migrants, with most facilities at capacity. But when the administration was sued, the courts issued a preliminary injunction and forced the administration to change course. He also has said he plans an executive order to unilaterally end the constitutionally protected right of citizenship for children born to non-U.S. citizens.
He lied that his administration is building his promised border wall, he lied about asylum-seekers, he stoked conspiracy theories about the Central American immigrant caravan, and he lied about the number of undocumented immigrants in the country. "And that rationale has been held impermissible".
Mark Hertling, a retired Army general, wrote on Twitter after Trump's speech that no military officer would allow a soldier to shoot an individual throwing a rock.