Trump has just signed a new proclamation barring asylum for anyone who enters the country illegally.
Here’s what he had to say about it:
“People can come in but they have to come in through the ports of entry,” Trump says, adding he just signed a proclamation on asylum rule changes pic.twitter.com/7IYX2NiiRm
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 9, 2018
You can read the entire proclamation here, but here is the important part:
I am similarly acting to suspend, for a limited period, the entry of certain aliens in order to address the problem of large numbers of aliens traveling through Mexico to enter our country unlawfully or without proper documentation. I am tailoring the suspension to channel these aliens to ports of entry, so that, if they enter the United States, they do so in an orderly and controlled manner instead of unlawfully. Under this suspension, aliens entering through the southern border, even those without proper documentation, may, consistent with this proclamation, avail themselves of our asylum system, provided that they properly present themselves for inspection at a port of entry. In anticipation of a large group of aliens arriving in the coming weeks, I am directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to commit additional resources to support our ports of entry at the southern border to assist in processing those aliens — and all others arriving at our ports of entry — as efficiently as possible.
But aliens who enter the United States unlawfully through the southern border in contravention of this proclamation will be ineligible to be granted asylum under the regulation promulgated by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security that became effective earlier today. Those aliens may, however, still seek other forms of protection from persecution or torture. In addition, this limited suspension will facilitate ongoing negotiations with Mexico and other countries regarding appropriate cooperative arrangements to prevent unlawful mass migration to the United States through the southern border. Thus, this proclamation is also necessary to manage and conduct the foreign affairs of the United States effectively.
So in other words, the migrant horde can apply for an asylum at the ports of entry. But if they enter illegally then forfeit their ability to apply for asylum.
As you might expect, this will no doubt be challenged in the courts. But with the Supreme Court upholding Trump’s travel ban, the White House is confident in the president’s authority to lawfully make this proclamation, according to what I just heard on Fox News.