Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced last week that the
United States and Mexico have reached a deal which would send
asylum seekers who illegally cross the southern U.S. border back to Mexico throughout
the duration of their
Immigrants who enter the country illegally or without the proper documents
will no longer be released into the country, where they typically disappear
before a court determines the merit of their claims. Instead, they will
be processed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and given a
“Notice to Appear” for their immigration hearing, which allows
them back into the U.S. for court proceedings.
In turn, Mexico will provide humanitarian visas, work permits, legal services,
and other forms of aid while the immigrants wait until their claims are
processed. Earlier this month, the Trump administration vowed to contribute
nearly $6 billion toward Mexico’s $30 billion development plan to
help create jobs and opportunities in Mexico and three Central American
However, both U.S. and Mexican officials have yet to work out how the policy
will be carried out. Additionally, shelter provided to Central American
migrants is at full capacity and in terrible shape. Although these individuals
are given access to U.S. immigration attorneys, these lawyers may experience
difficult assisting their clients since they will be in Mexico—many
without access to phones or the Internet.
The recent arrival of the Central American caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border
has reignited national attention about asylum seekers. President Trump
has denounced the wave of immigrants as a threat to national security.
According to federal law, anyone has a right to seek asylum in the U.S.—if
they enter the country legally or illegally. You can seek asylum if you
are facing persecution in your home country.
Contact our Santa Barbara immigration attorneys at Appel & Morse for more
information about asylum and other immigration matters today.