In response to the evergrowing so-called "migrant caravan" of thousands of people seeking entry into the United States at its southwest border, President Donald Trump has sought to stop them and insist that those seeking asylum must do so at designated entry points. Persons who cross illegally would be barred from claiming asylum. However, a federal court issued an injunction last week that thwarts Trump's executive action to protect American citizens, which is his sworn duty as president.

An article the Washington Times sets out the problem:

"The decision is a major dent to the administration’s efforts to derail the migrant caravan camped out on the U.S.-Mexico border, undercutting Homeland Security’s efforts to funnel those people to the legal border crossings.

"Under U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar’s ruling, they can demand asylum no matter how they enter, and even if they don’t have a real claim, which the administration fears will restore the enticement to attempt to sneak in."

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the Department of Justice have defended the policy, referring to the president's broad powers to control who enters our country. According to the Washington Times, "they believe the asylum changes were within those powers."

Many of the foreigners seeking admission to the country say that they will claim asylum here. And there are American attorneys and human rights organizations on the ground, just across the border from the San Ysidro border entry point in California, who are advising foreigners there how to game the asylum process and gain admission. Various media reports suggest that many of the potential applicants have come because of their dire poverty in their home countries, rather than the racial oppression or political persecution that would allow a claim for asylum. In fact, they have spurned offers of asylum in Mexico, as well as offers of employment. Thus, the United States has all the more reason to reject any asylum claims.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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