The US Supreme Court on Wednesday approved a number of additional requirements that President Donald Trump sets for filing an asylum application in the United States. Trump wants migrants who travel through several countries before they reach the American border to first apply for asylum in one of those countries.
Previously, migrants had to make it clear in an interview that they had left their country for well-founded reasons, such as unlawful persecution.
Now, for example, a Honduran resident traveling through Guatemala and Mexico to reach the US must first apply for asylum in at least one of those countries. Only when that application has been definitively rejected can the migrant make a try in the US.
With the extra rule, the president hopes to halt migration from Central America and South America. Trump sees immigrants as "a threat to national security".
"Almost all migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua"
In the first eight months of 2019, more than 424,000 people would have been arrested at the southern US border. Almost all of them come from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, while only a few thousand are from Mexico, writes BBC News based on data from official border posts.
At the end of last year, Trump lost another important case for him when he demanded that immigrants report to asylum at official border posts. According to the judge, migrants should always be able to apply for asylum, even if they have already crossed the border illegally.
A number of lawsuits are still pending against the new measure, but the ruling means that the Trump government can maintain the rule for the time being.
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Stopping migrant flow main Trump election promise
For Trump, restricting migration was one of his most important election promises in 2016, and it is also one of his most important topics for the 2020 elections. In recent years, he has also been emphasizing the role that Mexico must play in this. The southern neighbor responded in July by sending fifteen thousand soldiers to the border.
Trump had already experimented with sending thousands of soldiers to the border. They supported the border police in guarding the border, but were not allowed to physically fend off, arrest or detain immigrants.
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