Democrats are fuming after the Trump administration just eliminated yet another loophole for asylum seekers at the border.
As reported by the Federalist Papers:
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new rules that would allow officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States.
The rules, which are certain to draw a legal challenge, would replace a 1997 legal agreement that limits the amount of time U.S. immigration authorities can detain migrant children. That agreement is generally interpreted as meaning families must be released within 20 days.
Administration officials blame the so-called Flores Settlement Agreement for a spike in immigration, especially of Central American families, saying it encourages migrants to bring children with them so they can be released into the United States while their court cases are pending.
Sounds like common sense, right? It must be, since a poll from Harvard shows that 70-80 percent of Americans agree with what President Trump is doing.
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley touted a Harvard-Harris poll on Morning Edition Tuesday, saying that it showed Americans support the president’s agenda.
“It’s an 80-percent issue, people want to close down the borders,” he told NPR’s Rachel Martin. “It’s a 70-percent issue to end chain migration. [A] 68-percent issue to end the visa lottery program and ask people to come here on merit. That’s a 70-percent issue. And this is a study from Harvard.”
Sounds like most people can see that all of the loopholes created by Obama, like asylum for sexual abuse (which we also have in the US), and asylum for gang violence (which we also have in the US) are creating a crisis that needs to be dealt with.
The Houston Chronicle reported on just how easy it has become to scam the system:
The way it works, when a migrant reaches the border and claims asylum, he or she is given what is known as a credible fear interview, ideally by an asylum officer working for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Most asylum seekers are able to meet that standard, as officials have traditionally erred on the side of caution since newly arrived migrants may not be fully prepared to explain their situation.
After the interview, they are turned over to the immigration court system administered by the Department of Justice. That’s where the trouble begins. A 900,000-case backlog in immigration courts meansit may be years before an asylum petition is resolved. In the meantime, the asylum seeker is free to remain and, after 180 days, work inside the U.S.
“This is a bad system for legitimate asylum seekers, because they’re living in the United States not knowing what’s going to become of their case and their evidence gets outdated,” said Sarah Pierce, an analyst with the Migration Policy Institute. “It also incentivizes people with less-than-legitimate claims to apply for asylum because it’s essentially a ticket into the country.”
So what has Trump done to help fix the problem?