UPDATED 1:10 PM PT — Fri. Nov. 9, 2018
The White House recently released the president’s proclamation aimed at addressing the rising trend of mass migration at the southern border.
The proclamation prevents those who cross the border illegally from claiming asylum, citing concerns over national security as well as easing the burden on the already-overloaded asylum and immigration system.
The rules are designed to funnel those hoping to enter the country as refugees to present themselves at the ports of entry for official processing.
Prior to his departure for France, the president said a change in immigration law is needed in order to secure the border and called on Democrats for their cooperation.
“They have to pass new immigration laws, because they’re flooding our country. We’re not letting them in, but they’re trying to flood our country. We need the wall, we’re building the wall, but we need it all built at one time and quickly. It’s very important. We need Democrats to support our new immigration laws to bring us up to date. The laws are obsolete and they’re incompetent. They are the worst laws any country has anywhere in the world.” — President Donald Trump
Border security was one of the president’s main campaign promises, however, the president explained he does not intend to halt immigration as a whole.
“We need people. See, the unemployment numbers are at record lows. We need people in our country but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit.”
This comes amid a spike in illegal mass immigration, which shows no signs of slowing down.
In fiscal year 2018, nearly 400,000 people were arrested when entering the country illegally and almost 125,000 were found to be inadmissible at ports of entry.
The Trump administration said a failure to take action will only further overwhelm the system and encourage more people to cross the border unlawfully.