The Trump administration has announced its plan to start blocking a relatively small number of asylum seekers from using the San Ysidro border to enter the United States. The blockade is only the beginning of finding locations to turn away immigrants applying for refugee or asylum status.
Introduced by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during the final month of 2018 and in cooperation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the blockade will take approximately two weeks to tone down the foot traffic across the borders that Texas, New Mexico and Arizona share with Mexico.
The true intention behind the blockades, is to discourage immigrants from Central America from making the life-threatening journey through Mexico to the United States. However, the only predicted outcome is the increase of stress for the authorities of Mexico, as refugees from Central America have applied for humanitarian visas in Tapachula, Mexico which is within a stone’s throw of Guatemala.
The newly instilled policy will purposefully target both asylum seekers and those who try to enter the country illegally. Historically, it could take years for the case of an asylum seeker to process.
“For far too long, our immigration system has been exploited by smugglers, traffickers and those with no legal right to be in the United States,” said Nielsen in a statement. She labeled her plan as a “methodical common-sense approach.”
In the process of listing the dangers brought forth by adults and criminals, she insisted it was a solid foundation for “migrant protection protocols” as she pinpointed an “unmanageable” influx of families and young children migrating from Central America.
The protocol is meant to counteract “misguided court decisions and outdated laws that have made it easier for illegal aliens to enter and remain in the U.S,” according to Nielsen. Building off of the sanctions of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the new program can be put into action immediately without the approval of congress.
The number of requests for asylum triumphs Trump’s efforts to limit refugee intake. There has been a 70 percent increase since 2017 and 60 percent were request for asylum.
President Trump’s plan to shut down the government to receive funding for a border wall on the southwest side of the U.S.-Mexico border backfired in a Republican-filled senate, which in turn provides a foggy future for the longest funding lapse in American history.
Now, rejected asylum seekers from Mexico will be given a notice letting them know of their right to be heard in the U.S. immigration court once 45 days have passed. Groups that fight for the rights of immigrants are predicted to take the policy to court by emphasizing that making asylum seekers wait in the very country that they’re fleeing from puts them at a higher risk of death.
This move will now force Mexican authorities to offer processing, housing and protection to asylum seekers. The Mexican government was not prepared for such high quantities of people gathering on their side of the border.