U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation that will prevent certain migrants from seeking asylum in America. Here's what that means. Asylum refers to protection for people who are being mistreated. For those who are persecuted in their home countries because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a certain group, the U.S. government allows them to apply to stay in America.
President Trump's proclamation puts a new limit on that. Migrants who illegally cross into the U.S. from it's southern border with Mexico will no longer be eligible to apply for asylum at least for 90 days. Here's why the proclamation was issued. The President wants to decrease illegal immigration to the U.S. and to further discourage the caravans of migrants who are now traveling through Mexico from coming to America. Many of them are expected to seek asylum. Here's why the proclamation is controversial.
Advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say the Trump Administration is trying to override current U.S. asylum law. They call the proclamation illegal and they've filed a lawsuit to challenge it. The rule took effect on Saturday. The government says it will not apply to migrants who came into the country before it was issued or to people who present themselves at legal ports of entry into the U.S.