Advocates Say Trump Can't Block And Detain Asylum Seekers

By Nicole Narea (November 2, 2018, 8:28 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump cannot block asylum seekers who do not present themselves at designated ports of entry and detain them indefinitely under both international law and immigration statute, attorneys and advocates said Thursday and Friday.

In an address at the White House on Thursday afternoon, Trump said that he would soon release an executive order to detain asylum seekers in tent cities and deport those who do not present themselves at ports of entry. But attorneys and advocates said he cannot legally restrict asylum claims from those who cross the border between ports of entry, adding that asylum law gives immigrants...

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