Stressing that illegal entry of immigrants across the southern border of the United States was detrimental to the national interest, President Trump proclaimed on Friday that asylum will be denied to all migrants who do not enter through official border crossings.
The proclamation was issued just moments before Trump left the White House for a weekend trip to Paris,
“The continuing and threatened mass migration of aliens with no basis for admission into the United States through our southern border has precipitated a crisis and undermines the integrity of our borders,” Trump wrote in the proclamation. He said that they wanted people to come into the country legally.
Meanwhile, American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Friday within hours of the president’s proclamation, urging to prohibit Trump from moving ahead with his plans to deny asylum to thousands of migrants who may cross the border.
The A.C.L.U. said that the president’s move was “in direct violation of Congress’s clear command that manner of entry cannot constitute a categorical asylum bar.” The lawsuit also alleges that the administration enacted the rule “without the required procedural steps and without good cause for immediately putting the rule into effect.”