President Trump is taking his hardest stance on immigration to date. Using his authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to remove immigrant eligibility to apply for asylum the immigrant crossed the U.S. southern boarder illegally.
The INA allows the President to suspend until he considers necessary the admission “of any aliens or of any class of aliens,” if he deems their presence to be detrimental to the interests of the United States.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Department of Homeland Security Secretary released a statement on Nov. 8, stating, “Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources… we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.”
Between the travel ban, the zero-tolerance immigration policy, and the presidential executive order restricting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, this stringent stance on immigration along the southern boarder is not the first time the Trump Administration has placed extreme restrictive measures on immigrants. And it’s certainly not the last.
Read the initial statement from the U.S. Department of Justice here.