Breach the border, apply for asylum – federal judge
Migrants who have entered the United States illegally may still submit an asylum application. A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked an order by the Trump government on Monday.
Thus if the ‘caravan’ will breach the US border the migrants are still eligible for the asylum.
President signed a decree earlier this month that makes it possible to automatically refuse the asylum requests of people who have illegally crossed the border between Mexico and the US. Human rights organizations immediately criticized this measure.
The case dealt with by Judge Jon S. Tigar on Monday was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights. “People can apply for asylum if they cross a border,” said Baher Azmy, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights. “It can not be clearer.”
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, some 70,000 people apply for asylum every year. The Ministry wants asylum seekers to register at an official border crossing. But there are long queues at many border crossings that sometimes force people to wait for weeks in shelters or camps.
Trump took the measure in the aftermath of reports about the caravan traveling from Central America to the United States. During the campaign for the midterm elections, Trump said that this caravan poses a threat to national security. Approximately 3,000 people from the first caravan arrived in the Mexican border town of Tijuana.