Monday, 6 Apr 2020

US President signs order barring illegal immigrants from requesting asylum

Washington, US President Donald Trump today signed a Presidential Proclamation that prevents migrants from filing asylum requests if they have previously entered the US illegally.

I just signed the proclamation on asylum. Very important. People can come in but they have to come in through the ports of entry," Trump told reporters before departing for Paris,

We're not letting them in, but they're trying to flood our country, he added.

Trump blamed the surge of migrants on the US' "successful" economy and lauded the "great military" at the border for stopping them

In the proclamation, President Trump said that an average of approximately 2,000 "inadmissiable aliens" enter the US each day at border stations

Trump's order will be effective for 90 days or until the United States reaches an agreement with Mexico allowing it to turn back asylum-seekers who had travelled through Mexico, whichever comes first.

Pro-immigrant groups have denounced the US Administration's plan, arguing that it contravenes existing U.S. law and unfairly restricts asylum protections for those fleeing persecution and violence.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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