President Trump on Friday morning signed a proclamation that would deny any asylum claims made by immigrants who entered the country illegally, in response to increased illegal entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. Under this directive, claims for asylum may only be made at ports of entry to the United States. The White House released a full explanation and details of the order on Twitter.
“Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States” https://t.co/9blzn1XGyS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
Trump told reporters on Friday, “people can come in, but they have to come in through the ports of entry, and that, to me, is a very important thing,” In response to the migrant caravan making their way through Mexico, Trump said “we’re not letting them in, but they’re trying to flood our country. We need the wall.”
The proclamation was signed by the President because of his belief that “the laws are obsolete, and they’re incompetent. They are the worst laws any country has anywhere in the world, and it’s only because we don’t have the Democrats’ votes.”
The President reiterated that he is in favor of immigration and acknowledged that the U.S. needs new immigrants to fill job openings. He further explained, “we need people in our country, but they have to come in legally, and they have to have merit.”
Trump’s latest move to curb illegal immigration will almost definitely be challenged in court, but the administration claims this proclamation to be legal and falls within the scope of presidential powers.
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