The Trump administration enacted a new law that makes it easier for the federal government to “expedite” foreigners who enter the United States illegally.
“More than 72%” of foreigners apprehended through August 2019 came from Central American countries, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that also said the figures indicate that the “security and humanitarian crisis” on the U.S. southwest border continues to surpass “historic levels” of illegal immigration and human trafficking.
The new rule, which came into force on Tuesday, Nov. 19, will be provisionally applied to all the Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs) reached in recent months with Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, due to the huge number of applications received and as part of the effort to “promote regional cooperation on migration.”
Through the ACAs, Central American countries agreed, in an effort to bring greater stability to the region, to restrict the growth of “caravans”—huge groups of illegal immigrants—that cross their borders and territories to the United States, to exchange data to combat crime and other public security threats, and to create temporary work programs.
The new rule
“Specifically, the rule will aid the United States as it seeks to develop a regional framework with other countries to more equitably distribute the burden of processing the protection claims of the hundreds of thousands of irregular migrants who now seek to enter the United States every year and claim a fear of return” to their country, the collaborative policy details.
“Addressing the eligibility for asylum of aliens who enter or attempt to enter the United States will better position the United States as it engages in ongoing diplomatic negotiations with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) regarding migration issues in general, and related measures employed to curtail the irregular flow of aliens into the United States,” it adds.
The new policy also promotes greater law enforcement in the three countries and U.S. economic development assistance, which would total millions of dollars since the crisis erupted on the border with Mexico, Daily Wire reported.
It is worth mentioning that last year President Trump implemented another rule called Migrants Protection Protocols (MPP), on the basis of which illegal aliens arrested on U.S. soil were sent to Mexico where they had to wait for their hearings. Thousands gave up their applications and returned home, Fox News noted.
“At peak of the crisis in May 2019, there were more than 4,800 aliens crossing the border daily, representing an average of more than three apprehensions per minute,” the government determined last week in its report on the MPP.