Trump said he intends to sign a “comprehensive” executive order next week about holding apprehended migrants, including those seeking asylum status. He said the plan would involve housing migrants in tents and other facilities.
President 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, reports the Wall Street Journal. His remarks are the latest hard-line immigration pledge the president made ahead of the midterm elections. It follows his plan to send thousands of U.S. troops to support border-control efforts and to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants, a move legal scholars called unconstitutional. Trump said he intends to sign a “comprehensive” executive order next week about holding apprehended migrants, including those seeking asylum status. He said the plan would involve housing migrants in tents and other facilities.
“The endemic abuse of our asylum system makes a mockery of our immigration system and displacing legitimate asylum seekers,” Trump said. He said smugglers and human traffickers had learned how to “game” the U.S. system. Trump also said migrants seeking asylum would have to present themselves at an official point of entry. “Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless [asylum] claims to gain automatic admission into our country,” he said. The Department of Homeland Security has encouraged asylum seekers to seek refuge at points of entry, saying that was the only legal way to apply for asylum at the border. Since spring, foreigners have had to wait days or weeks to cross at entry points to seek asylum. Trump warned two caravans of migrants in Mexico headed to the U.S. from Honduras: “They should turn back now—they are wasting their time.” He said “Caravan 2” is packed with “unbelievably rough people.” Trump suggested the U.S. military would shoot migrants or protesters who threw rocks.