Donald Trump signed Friday a decree drastically restricting the right of asylum in the United States. The text prohibits any immigrant who has arrived illegally in the United States from applying for asylum, contrary to what has been authorized for decades.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump signed a decree Friday drastically restricting the right to asylum in the United States. The text forbids any immigrant who has arrived illegally in the US to apply for asylum, which has been allowed for decades.
One exception is provided for unaccompanied minors, say the authorities.
Since coming to power, the Trump administration has already taken several steps to reduce the conditions for obtaining political asylum in the United States.
In response to the promulgation of the decree, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged the United States to ensure that anyone fleeing violence or persecution who needs refugee protection, can receive it quickly and without hindrance, in accordance with international law.
This new measure, aimed primarily at immigrants arriving from Mexico, should be challenged in court, like the “Travel Ban” that the US president had decreed last year to prevent immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries to enter the United States.
The Trump administration has also been unsuccessful with the program launched by Barack Obama to protect the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived illegally in the United States when they were still minors.
A California federal court of appeal has ordered that the protection program for “Dreamers” be extended. Before taking the plane to Paris where he will attend the commemoration ceremonies of 11 November, Donald Trump said that this judgment was good news because his government will now be able to appeal this decision in the Supreme Court, where conservative judges are clearly in the majority.