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Order Issued by President Trump Denies Immigrants Asylum

President Donald Trump once again has issued an order that directly affects the immigration system, specifically targeting immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. On November 09, 2018 the president of the United States signed an order that would essentially block any immigrant(s) who entered the country illegally from seeking asylum. President Trump quoted, “We need people in our country but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit.” This order comes in light of the caravans of Central American immigrants making their way to the United States-Mexico border. The Trump Administration claims that anyone who is trying to seek asylum in the United States must do so ‘legally’ and through a port of entry. The director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, Omar Jadwat, stated that, “U.S. law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry. It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree.” In accordance to international law, asylum-seekers are permitted to make a claim regardless of where they enter. As of right now any immigrant(s) crossing between ports of entry will still be allowed to claim asylum but with the exception that they must prove a “reasonable fear” or prove that they are protected under the United Nation’s Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. If you have any questions in regards to seeking asylum feel free to consult with an immigration attorney. 

Mercedes Riggs