Saturday 21 September 2019

Donald Trump planning executive order on immigration

The president said asylum seekers must go to a port of entry to make a claim.

President Donald Trump talks about immigration (Susan Walsh/AP)
President Donald Trump talks about immigration (Susan Walsh/AP)

By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long, Associated Press

President Donald Trump has said asylum seekers must go to ports of entry in order to make a claim.

He says he will issue an executive order next week on immigration.

In a lengthy speech on Thursday, Mr Trump said migrants are abusing the asylum system and making a “mockery” of immigration laws.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, migrants claiming asylum are allowed to do so at the border crossings, but also if they cross illegally.

Mr Trump reiterated that he wanted to set up “tent cities” to hold people coming to the US, including those seeking asylum.

A migrant carrying the flags of Mexico and Honduras (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

But there currently is not enough detention space to hold families who are coming across the border.

The military is working to create space, but nothing has been finalised.

Laws prevent children from being detained beyond 20 days.

The president made his speech amid mid-term election campaigning and with caravans of migrants making their way towards the US border.

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