Trump Goes Nuclear: No More Asylum Protections for Central Americans

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The border crisis is completely out of control, and Democrats in Congress have proven that they are unwilling to lift a finger to do anything about it. This standoff has led the Trump administration to take drastic action.

On Monday, the administration published a new rule that will end asylum protections for most migrants arriving at the border – specifically, the rule cites international “safe third country” regulations by denying any migrant who passed through a safe country (Mexico) to get to the United States the right to apply for asylum in the U.S. If it stands, this will be a game-changer.

Undoubtedly, leftists will be quick to challenge the rule in court.

“There are some exceptions, including for victims of human trafficking and asylum-seekers who were denied protection in another country,” reports the Associated Press. “If the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international treaties governing how refugees are managed (though most Western countries signed them) a migrant could still apply for U.S. asylum.”

Immigration activists are already tarring the rule as racist, cruel, and xenophobic, but it is the only measure that will make a difference in the current crisis. The problem at the border stems from (far) too many migrants making the trek who have absolutely no legitimate claim of asylum in the first place. They are coming here, point blank, because they believe they can make more money in the U.S. than they can back in Honduras. They’re probably right, but asylum is not open for economic migrants. The percentage of migrants who actually qualify for asylum is massively dwarfed by those who do not. In other words, right now we are detaining hundreds of thousands of people who have absolutely no business being here. That’s just not sustainable.

The AP ends its report with the only statistic you really need to see: “During the budget year for 2009, there were 35,811 asylum claims, and 8,384 were granted. During 2018 budget year, there were 162,060 claims filed, and 13,168 were granted.”

We don’t have the manpower, the economic resources, or the national will to put up with this kind of imbalance. It simply can’t go on any longer. Judging by Trump’s record in court on immigration issues, we won’t be surprised if a liberal judge puts an injunction against this rule. But if we don’t want this crisis to spiral into something that the U.S. has never dealt with before, something must be done to clamp down on the influx. Trump seems to be the only one in Washington who understands that.