There’s a big problem at the border.
It seems to be getting worse each and every month as people from Central America reach the border claiming asylum. There’s no way that we can allow thousands, each and every month, into the United States.
Some of them are hardened criminals, posing a serious threat to citizens of the United States. That doesn’t even include looking at their lack of vaccines, which can lead to a bigger outbreak of measles among other diseases that have been eradicated years ago.
What is the solution?
With no wall in place, President Donald Trump seems to have only one solution left: Deny asylum.
The Asylum Proposal
The Trump administration has been actively seeking to deter asylum-seekers from coming into the United States. The current proposal would bar asylum for anyone going through a third country. This would potentially escalate deterrence in a big way according to administration.
The proposal is being included in a draft interim rule from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. It would be a way to discourage asylum-seekers from entering the United States.
Some of the previous moves, including banning asylum for anyone crossing the border between ports of entry, has been blocked by the courts. It is possible that this one would face a challenge in courts, too.
The language throughout the proposal explains that immigrants coming to the United States generally travel through multiple countries where they could seek asylum. However, none of them make themselves available to those countries, only to the United States.
The additional limitation for eligibility would prevent those seeking asylum to be found ineligible if they entered or attempted to enter the United States after failing to apply for asylum in any of the other countries that they passed through.
The Department of Homeland Security has already raised concerns about the policy, due to it being overly broad. It questions whether it would include those traveling through airports in other countries. Additionally, many other countries do not offer a full level of asylum protection.
It is clear that the newest deterrence is focusing on those in Central America.
For example, someone seeking asylum in El Salvador may travel through Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico before reaching the United States. As such, they would not be eligible for asylum if this new proposal were to pass because of passing through so many other countries.
Countries that Offer Asylum
Mexico is one of the countries that many in Central America would have to travel through before reaching the United States. The Mexican government has offered many of the immigrants the opportunity to seek refuge.
However, many of the asylum-seekers are choosing not to apply. They want to move straight to the United States. Too many people don’t see Mexico as being able to provide the level of safety that the United States can.
However, the United States isn’t the only country that offers asylum to international residents. A long list of countries in the European Union does, as does Albania, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, and countless others.
This begs the question of how many asylum-seekers can the United States realistically take on?
When tens of thousands of Central Americans are at the gates every single month to seek asylum, it’s not realistic that they can all be granted asylum.
What’s next for the United States?
It’s important to look at what the United States can take on in terms of asylum-seekers. The amount of time that it takes to process someone is time-consuming.
When there are thousands coming in every single day, it can be difficult to process quickly, causing a number of problems at the borders.
Other countries have different rules when it comes to seeking asylum. For example, in Germany, they are home to more refugees than anywhere else in Europe. Approximately 1.4 million refugees are living in Germany.
In order to seek asylum, they must to go to an assigned center and apply for asylum personally. The biggest problem happening at the border is that people are trying to cross illegally and, then, allowing the border patrol agents to capture them in order to cry for asylum.
This is, essentially, allowing them to bypass the specific centers that have too many long lines.
By denying asylum using this new proposal, it could potentially prevent people from trying to cross illegally in hopes of being able to claim asylum shortly after being captured.
Any proposal that can slow down the number of Central Americans at the border deserves at least some kind of consideration.