Monday, 19 November, 2018

Trump Pledges Asylum Crackdown and Tent Cities. Is It Legal?

Migrants from El Salvador board a truck as they start on their way to the U.S. from San Salvador Migrants from El Salvador board a truck as they start on their way to the U.S. from San Salvador
Ray Hunter | 04 November, 2018, 02:00

President Donald Trump ordered troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants slowly making its way through Mexico toward the United States - still about 900 miles away with many dropping out.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that illegal immigrants who throw rocks at the military would be arrested, but not fired upon by troops.

President Trump said Friday that USA troops would arrest illegal migrants if they attack authorities at the border, and downplayed the possibility of the military firing upon them.

Former generals who no longer need to respond to the wishes and whims of the commander in chief are becoming increasingly vocal about how President Donald Trump is using the USA military as props before the midterms elections, with one calling the massive deployment of personnel to the southern border a "political stunt". "They want to throw rocks at our military?"

He also did not clarify how he wants to detain asylum-seekers, but hinted that he wants to build tent cities and "we're going to hold them right there" without providing details.

"The military has all of a sudden been placed in a highly politicized environment regarding immigration", retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, who commanded US forces in Afghanistan, said of the surge of troops to the border. Fought back hard and viciously against Mexico at Northern Border before breaking through, ' Trump tweeted Wednesday. "I told them, 'consider it a rifle,"' Trump said after remarks on immigration at the White House. "No, we do not have the capacity, capability to address that type of flow", she said.

Trump's comments Thursday were widely criticized as an authorization for troops to consider stone-throwing proportional to the use of a firearm, and respond with equal levels of lethal force. He plans to sign an order next week that could lead to the large-scale detention of migrants crossing the southern border and bar anyone caught crossing illegally from claiming asylum.

Many on social media could not believe that migrants were already taking legal action against the government of a country they had not even entered into yet.

Trump called racist AGAIN after tweeting campaign video featuring Mexican cop killer
He then reportedly returned to the U.S. in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. TV news outlets spent last night and this morning comparing the video to one used so effectively in 1988 by George H.W.

Mr Trump has characterised it as an "invasion" of migrants.

"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he added. Troops can't arrest people at the border. They could head to the border at any time, but have not yet been sent.

While it's true that asylum seekers often miss their court dates, the president seems to have overstated this issue. They were throwing rocks in their faces. The citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on US soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

The overwhelming majority of claims are rejected by the courts, but by that time, the alien has usually long since disappeared into our country. According to the Homeland Security Department, about 20 percent of claimants are granted asylum.

A day before his speech, Trump posted a controversial anti-immigration campaign ad on Twitter and contended, without evidence, that Democrats allowed a twice-deported Mexican immigrant to stay in the country before he killed two deputy sheriffs in California in 2014.

Since 2014, Central American families and unaccompanied children, often seeking asylum, have made up a greater proportion of all apprehensions than in the past, making swift deportations more complicated. Under a settlement agreement with the US known as Flores, migrant children must be released either to guardians or to facilities supervised by the Department of Health and Human Services after no more than 20 days in immigration detention.

Trump called the practice a "crazy, lunatic policy that we can end" at his rally in Columbia, Missouri, on Thursday night.

"We aren't killers", said Stephany Lopez, a 21-year-old Salvadoran with the first caravan.

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