Migrant Caravan: Trump Administration Plans to Block Border & Deny Asylum Applications

Migrant Caravan: Trump Administration Plans to Block Border & Deny Asylum Applications

The Trump administration aims to block the access of the United States to approximately 4,000 migrants making their way toward the southern U.S. border and deny their asylum applications. However, no final decisions have been made due to the potential of legal challenges, especially for more aggressive proposals.

The Pentagon is preparing to send up to 5,000 military service members to the border to confront the migrant caravan. Additionally, President Trump promises to close the border, if necessary.

While the caravan—which originated in Honduras—is currently 1,000 miles from the U.S. border crossing at McAllen, TX, and traveling by either foot or transportation when they can, Trump has made migrant journey a hot topic in the midterm elections, hoping those who disapprove cast their vote in favor of Republican candidates.

In the past, federal officials found that many migrants who have made similar treks are eligible for asylum review. Out of the 401 members of the caravan who reached the U.S.-Mexican border in California in April, 374 (93 percent) demonstrated that they have a “credible fear” of returning to their native country, which is one of the requirements to obtain asylum in the United States.

In recent years, asylum claims in the U.S. have significantly increased. The process for seeking asylum starts when a migrant arrives at the border or in the country and requests asylum from federal authorities. You cannot request asylum from outside the U.S.

However, the surge in asylum claims has resulted in a massive backlog in the processing system. The Trump administration has recently attempted to curtail the number of asylum claims by eliminating the ability to use domestic abuse or gang violence as grounds for seeking asylum and separating children from parents at the southern U.S. border.

At Meaders Law, our Dallas immigration attorney has a comprehensive understanding of the process of applying for asylum in the United States. Since our firm has worked with immigrants in facing highly complex legal matters, we can evaluate your case, determine your available legal options, and help you obtain the most favorable results.

For more information about asylum, contact us and schedule a consultation to discuss your case with our experienced lawyer today.

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