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Asylum seekers are protesting President Donald Trump’s policy concerning the status of migrants crossing the United States-Mexican border. The refugees are arriving from Mexico and the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights filed the complaint with the migrants. It stated that the residents from the developing world should be able to find refuge in the industrialized United States. The migrants are seeking assistance after fleeing their war-torn nations.
El Universal, a Mexican newspaper, reported that a complaint was filed by the human rights organization that represents the Mexican, Salvadorian, Guatemalan, and Honduras refugees. The organization complaint said that the international drifters from abroad must be granted asylum when they enter the United States. The citizens of other nations should then be granted asylum even if they come to the sovereign nation illegally.
The left-wing group objected to a proclamation President Trump signed earlier in Nov. 2018. The decree enacted a policy that stated anyone that crosses the southwest border is prohibited from demanding asylum north of the border. However, the proclamation stated that migrants that wait in line at the official border crossing stops will be able to make their requests.
According to the Washington Times, the Department of Homeland Security officials said that that there are as many as 10,500 migrants camped along the U.S.-Mexican border currently. The caravan mostly came north exiting Central America with aspirations of entering the U.S. without authorization from the Federal Government, as asylum seekers protest the Trump administration’s policy on asylum status.
Late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy passed the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965
The Hart-Cellar Act was officially known as the Naturalization Act of 1965. The act was constructed by Senator Kennedy in the mid-1960s. It abolished an earlier quota system that was centered on the national origin. The quota system was then replaced by a system that initially attracted skilled labor to the nation and reunited families.
The immigration act that was written in the mid-20th century greatly altered the demographics of the country within the next several decades. After the act was passed immigrants arriving in the U.S. were largely from Latin America, Asia, and Africa rather than from Europe. The previous two great waves of immigration came from Europe in the mid-19th century and the turn of the 20th century.
Immigration continued to be a controversial topic into the late 20th century. Immigrants continued to pour into the U.S. through the land by Mexico and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. The Immigrant Reform Act of 1986 under the Ronald Reagan Administration attempted to address the issue of illegal immigration. It attempted to create an improved option of seeking legal status to the U.S. and enforcing immigration policy.
Another piece of legislation that was created in 1990 under the George H.W. Bush administration modified and expanded the 1965 act. The number of immigrants totaled up to 700,000. People from underrepresented countries were allowed to enter the nation in masses to increase the diversity of the influx of immigration.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar temporarily blocked the Trump administration from prohibiting U.S. rights to migrants that are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border issued an order on Monday, Nov. 20. Tigar was nominated to the court by former U.S. President Barak Obama in 2012.
The judge said that all immigrants should be eligible for asylum when they enter the country. His ruling stated that the immigrants entering the U.S. legally or illegally are irrelevant in applying for sanctuary status.
The Military Times reported that the Trump White House has signed a memo that permits troops that are stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement activities. The soldiers are allowed to use lethal force if their lives are in danger, while the asylum seekers protest the Trump administration’s asylum status policy.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
The Washington Times: Mexico files human rights complaint against U.S. over asylum crackdown: Report
History.com: U.S. Immigration Since 1965
Newsweek: AN OBAMA-APPOINTED FEDERAL JUDGE JUST BLOCKED TRUMP’S ‘ILLEGAL’ ASYLUM BAN
The Washington Times: Border troops authorized to use force, detain illegal immigrants: Report
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