White House Considers Restricting Remittances to Mexico to Stop Illegal Migration

Erika Holt
April 11, 2019

Because asylum seekers have flooded the us immigration system, there are not enough detention beds to hold them, and a massive backlog of cases means migrants often get months - or years - to stay in the United States before a judge sees them.

The total number of apprehensions and rejections was 103,492, representing a almost 106 percent rise compared with the same period previous year, the CBP said in a press release.

The White House reportedly wants to force immigrants to pass a more hard credible fear test when seeking asylum so less people make it across the border.

JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ/REUTERS/NewscomA federal judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administration can not force asylum-seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico until they are granted a court hearing. If we extrapolate that monthly number to an annualized total and use an illegal immigration cost calculation estimate from the Center for Immigration Studies, we arrive at an estimated annual cost to USA taxpayers of somewhere in the neighborhood of $170-$180 billion. The perceived cruelty of the policies regarding immigrants at the border has not been good politically for Donald Trump and his administration.

The CBP numbers released Tuesday showed that 265,949 migrants from the three "Northern Triangle" countries in Central America were among the 361,087 migrants apprehended at the southern USA border in the first six months of fiscal 2019, about the same number as for all of fiscal 2018.

Trump added that he was the one who "stopped" the policy. He says that the United States is "full" and can not take any more migrants or even people fleeing violence in Central America.

"Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go insane", he said.

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The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups on behalf of 11 asylum-seekers from Central America. This perception eventually culminated in Secretary Nielson being heckled and forced out of a restaurant by people protesting the Trump Adminstration's border policies.

Obama did crack down on illegal immigration, resulting in large numbers of deportations and children were detained along with their parents.

'The Trump administration can not simply ignore our laws...to accomplish its goal of preventing people from seeking asylum...' Gary Peters, D-Michigan, pointed to his remarks at a hearing last week, when he said securing the border "will take cooperation and credibility from this administration and not chaos and confusion".

This isn't the first time Trump has hinted at wanting to change troops' rules of engagement when operating inside their own country.

While the number of border apprehensions remains well below the 1.6 million recorded in 2000, there has been a significant increase this year.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, though, Trump said he's "not looking to do it", and he sought to pin the blame on his predecessor for the uproar.

This statement came during a press availability prior to Trump's meeting for photographs with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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