The Trump administration announced new measures Thursday to deny asylum to illegal immigrants, citing emergency national security powers that’ll end longstanding humanitarian protections, according to multiple reports.
President Donald Trump is preparing to issue a proclamation asserting the emergency powers -- and the rule changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register, The Washington Post reported.
The restrictions rely on authorities Trump cited when implement his travel ban in early 2017, the Post reported.
“Those who enter the country between ports are knowingly and voluntarily breaking the law,” one unnamed official told reporters, the Post reported. “So while immigration laws afford people various forms of protection, there’s a violation of federal law in the manner these illegal aliens are entering the country.”
The asylum restrictions are the latest attempts by the administration to assert executive powers ahead of a massive caravan of Central American migrants moving north through Mexico.
The fast-track regulation is almost certain to trigger legal challenges, Politico reported, even as the announcement of the new measure suggests the president won’t ease up on an immigration crackdown that defined his campaign – and first two years in office.
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