Trump administration announced stricter policy Monday on asylum seeking at the U.S. Southern border

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration announced stricter policy Monday on asylum seeking at the U.S. Southern border. The new rule, issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, states that “…an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien’s country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to the United States is ineligible for asylum.” The new rule is set to be in affect beginning Tuesday. ~

The new rule set in place by the Trump administration comes in response to the extreme overcrowding of the United States immigration detention system, reportedly the largest immigration system in the world. According to data from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), a daily average of over 42,000 immigrants were held in ICE facilities in 2018, which is up almost 40% from 2008, as well as “twelve thousand immigrant children [being] housed by facilities under the supervision of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s program for Unaccompanied Alien Children.” The overcrowding of immigration detention centers is believed to be one of the main reasons for the poor living conditions reported at the Southern border, denounced at first by Democrats, but recently by some Republicans as well. ~

Trump officials justified the new rule Monday, saying that the Immigration and Nationality Act allows limitations on who can seek asylum to be determined by the attorney general. In contrast, opposition to the new asylum rule argue that the action is “inconsistent with another portion of the same statute” and claim “that section generally allows people to request asylum when they arrive in the U.S., with some exceptions, including those coming through a country deemed “safe” pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement. The U.S. currently has only one such pact, known as a safe-third-country agreement, and that is with Canada.” It is believed that the asylum rule will be challenged in court in following weeks. ~

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