Trump May Sign Asylum Changes on Friday

U.S. officials will require asylum seekers to go to a point of entry along the border and make a claim for asylum, which would bar those who cross illegally. With Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives, immigration is now poised to be one the biggest battles for the president.

President Trump is expected to sign a directive this week that will make official his plans to revamp the U.S. asylum system, part of his broader push to crack down on undocumented migrants entering the U.S. illegally, the Wall Street Journal reports. He may issue the order as early as Friday before leaving on a trip to Paris. Last week, Trump said he intends to sign a “comprehensive” executive order on the detention of apprehended migrants, including those seeking asylum status. Under the new policy, U.S. officials will require asylum seekers to go to a point of entry along the border and make a claim for asylum, which would bar those who cross illegally. Currently, migrants who cross the border into the U.S. have up to a year to request asylum, regardless of how they arrived.

Trump wants to keep undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border in detention until their legal cases are heard, rather than allow them to be released into the U.S. to await a hearing. The new directive comes after Trump’s sending thousands of U.S. troops to support border-control efforts. The president said he would sign an order ending birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, a proposal experts say would be unconstitutional. With Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives, immigration is now poised to be one the biggest battles for the president. Democrats are likely to push back on his hard-line immigration policies and his plans for a border wall with Mexico.

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