“We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into the country legally,” the president told reporters. Justice and Homeland Security officials had previously said the president would put the new rules into effect before he leaves for a trip to Paris later in the day. Previously Trump also said migrants seeking asylum will be kept in tent cities, rather than released until their cases are adjudicated in immigration court. Under current law, immigrants may apply for asylum regardless of how and where they enter the country. Trump, however, said his action would require them to apply at a port of entry.
New Acting Attorney General Mathew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that “any aliens who contravene a presidential suspension … will be rendered ineligible for asylum.” At his time, caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. Border Patrol agents in Yuma said they arrested nearly 450 migrants in Western Arizona this week. “The arrival of large numbers … will contribute to the overloading of our immigration and asylum system and to the release of thousands … into the interior of the United States,” Trump said in the proclamation, calling it a crisis. Administration officials said those denied asylum under the proclamation may be eligible for other and similar forms of protection including “withholding of removal”, which is similar to asylum, but doesn’t allow for green cards or bringing families, or protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.