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Immigrants
wait to eat at a temporary migrant shelter set up near the
U.S.-Mexico border on November 18, 2018 in Tijuana,
Mexico.

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Moore


  • President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that asylum-seekers
    won’t be allowed to enter the United States until their claims
    are approved in court.
  • The move means that migrants will be forced to wait in Mexico
    while their asylum cases are processed.
  • The news comes as nearly 5,000 migrants from the Central
    American caravan wait in the Mexican border city of Tijuana,
    where they intend to cross into the US.

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted that the United States
will no longer allow asylum-seekers to enter the country until
their claims are already approved by a judge, essentially
confirming an earlier report that said migrants will be forced to wait in Mexico while
their cases wind through the US court system.

“Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the
United States until their claims are individually approved in
court,” he tweeted, adding that “we only
will allow those who come into our Country legally,” though
asylum-seekers often do legally enter the country at ports of
entry before requesting asylum.

The news comes as nearly 5,000 migrants from the Central American
caravan wait in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, following a
roughly month-long journey that began in Honduras in mid-October.

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The migrant caravans have become a frequent target for Trump’s
ire, particularly during the 2018 midterm elections, when Trump
and his conservative allies campaigned on a border crackdown.

“Our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No ‘Releasing’ into
the U.S.,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “All will stay in Mexico. If
for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern
Border. There is no way that the United States will, after
decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation
anymore!”


caravan migrants
Central
American migrants line up for a meal at a shelter in Tijuana,
Mexico, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

Associated Press/Gregory Bull

Trump’s tweets came hours after The Washington Post reported
that a deal has been struck between the Trump administration and
the incoming Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador,
who takes office on December 1.

According to The Post, Mexico would essentially become a “waiting
room for America’s asylum system,” and incoming Mexican
government officials have been amenable to the plans, though no
formal deal has been signed.

“For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico,”
Olga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico’s incoming interior minister,
told The Post, adding that it was a “short-term solution.”

“The medium- and long-term solution is that people don’t
migrate,” she said. “Mexico has open arms and everything, but
imagine, one caravan after another after another, that would also
be a problem for us.”

The deal isn’t Trump’s first effort to block the caravan migrants
from entering the US — he signed an executive order earlier
this month barring asylum for migrants
who cross the border illegally, though US immigration law
explicitly permits migrants to request asylum no matter how they
entered the country.

A federal judge blocked Trump’s asylum ban
earlier this week, arguing that Trump “may not rewrite the
immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has
expressly forbidden.”

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