With less than a year for the 2020 US elections, any decision by the Trump administration is being magnified across the political spectrum of the USA. There have been some controversial decisions by the Trump administration over the past few months. Some of them are withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, discrimination against LGBTQ, foreign interference in US elections, etc. The latest one to the controversial list is the deporting of people who seek asylum in the United States. The Trump administration on Wednesday started to deport adults from El Salvador and Honduras and sent them to Guatemala.
The disputed plan was signed in July and was kept in secrecy to date. It was busted by BuzzFeed news from two sources who knew the process. Another key part of the process is, asylum-seekers are not even allowed to see a lawyer. Michael Knowles, an asylum officer and spokesperson for National CIS Council 119, said - “We are very concerned about how this process has been rolled out.” However, Trump administration backed the plan and termed it as a key element in its strategy to deter migration at the border. It also claimed it as another method to restrict asylum-seekers from entering the US. According to BuzzFeed News, a few dozen asylum officers have already been trained to handle the interview process. The interview is mainly to determine if a person is eligible to be deported to Guatemala or not.
Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States expressed his disapproval in a tweet. Here’s the link to the tweet:
This election is about who we are and who we want to be. I believe we are a nation that welcomes those fleeing persecution and seeking asylum — not a nation that turns our back on them. https://t.co/qoVGCnGl21— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 22, 2019
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