Refusal of asylum to migrants from Mexico

Donald Trump’s government announced on Monday a measure that locks out access to asylum for migrants arriving at the southern border, arousing the wrath of Mexico and immediate legal recourse.
The republican administration has said it will refuse, as of Tuesday, asylum applications made on the southern border by migrants who have not sought refugee status in Mexico or in another country on the road. the United States.

“The United States is generous, but completely overwhelmed by the burden created by the hundreds of thousands of foreigners arrested at the southern border,” said Justice Minister Bill Barr, wishing that the new rule “discourages migrants who want to exploit our asylum system “.

Unknown consequences

The concrete consequences of the text, which provides for exceptions, in particular for victims of trafficking in human beings, have not been made explicit. But Mexico has already risen against any desire to return migrants to its soil.

“We will be very vigilant about the respect of the principle of non-refoulement, in accordance with international law,” said the head of the Mexican diplomacy Marcelo Ebrard, expressing his “disagreement” with the decision of the United States.

The powerful civil rights organization ACLU, for its part, said it would take urgent justice to block the new regulation.

Courts have already invalidated several attempts by the government to restrict the right to asylum, including a circular banning the making of an application for illegal entry into the country.

Should it still apply, the new rule could prevent hundreds of thousands of migrants from accessing the world’s largest economy, and force them to stay in Mexico where more than 40 percent of the population lives in poverty.

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