The government presided by Donald Trump announced on Tuesday, October 20th, the final approval of a rule that will deny asylum to undocumented immigrants who have been detained or convicted of certain crimes.
Among the most serious crimes are federal and state offenses, charges of domestic violence (even if there is no sentence), human and drug trafficking or belonging to a gang.
Also, those who have committed less severe offenses, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), presenting a false identification, illegally re-entering the country after being deported or the illegal use of public aid will not be eligible.
Under current legislation, foreigners physically present in the United States have the right to request asylum, regardless of their immigration status. But their ability to do so has been restricted by the Trump Administration’s anti-immigration measures, something the new rule accentuates.
The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court ruled that it will examine in the coming months, the validity of the program to return migrants seeking asylum at the border to Mexico, known as Remain in Mexico or Stay in Mexico, after an appeal of the Government because an inferior court blocked the measure.
The measure released jointly by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security will take effect in 31 days.