Throughout President Donald Trump’s tenure, he has fought against unauthorized entry into the United States. And his southern border wall remains a major topic of debate.
As Trump continues to fight for a second term, he hasn’t stopped fighting for America’s security and stability — though Democrats often aren’t big fans of his border policies.
Now, the President has finalized a new set of rules that could dramatically improve the asylum process.
The Trump administration cemented the latest Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations this week, and they’re designed to end what is known as “asylum shopping.”
In the past, asylum seekers have been known to ignore offers of asylum in other safe countries, in order to get into the U.S.
But Trump has decided enough is enough, and the DHS will start enforcing the new rules next month.
DHS issued a series of final regulations on Thursday — which will go into effect in January 2021 — that tighten the nation’s asylum processes and ensure border crossers are not bypassing asylum in other safe countries in order to use asylum as a reason to enter the U.S.
First and foremost, the regulations state that those seeking to cross America’s southern borer must first seek asylum in Mexico.
Currently, Mexico has a “rigorous asylum process” and the country does offer save haven to those fleeing more dangerous areas.
And in fact, this rule has been in existence at the northern border for years:
Foreign nationals who attempt to cross the Canadian border can’t “asylum shop,” and simply pick the U.S. as their country of choice. They have to seek asylum in the first safe country they enter.
Furthermore, the rules state that “claims of gang violence and domestic violence are not valid grounds for asylum in the U.S.”
Federal immigration judges and officials must consider more factors in such cases, and any border crossers who use fraudulent documents, or have criminal convictions, are far less likely to gain access to America.
Lastly, the latest regulations should speed up the entire process.
It should dismiss the non-credible claims more quickly, and therefore allow the courts to get to the credible claims faster as well.
However, if Joe Biden gets into the White House, he could feasibly throw out these reforms. And that would be a mistake, according to Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan:
With illegal arrivals at the border picking up again in recent weeks, Biden’s team would be well advised to allow these changes to go into effect so that they do not have to deal with a new crisis and the burden it will impose on American communities, just as the country is struggling to recover from the pandemic shutdowns.
Whether or not Biden will toss out these rules remains to be seen.
But it’s clear that such regulations have the potential to alleviate the strain on our borders, as Vaughan and other experts have said in the past.