UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump has had successes on the long-focused immigration issue, with Supreme Court decisions upholding the barrier and the right of asylum, and Mexico showing more firmness.
The favorable verdicts were issued in time for the second-term candidate as the economy began to show uncomfortable signs as his diplomatic initiatives from Afghanistan to North Korea faltered.
“There have been big victories in court over the border recently,” he wrote in a tweet on Thursday.
Trump knows full well that if, as in 2016, he wants immigration to be a central theme of his 2020 campaign, he needs concrete changes.
But the Supreme Court’s decision on the right of asylum denounced by human rights organizations is strong, and its impact will be real.
Tens of thousands are worried. In fact, the US government can now refuse to consider an asylum application from someone who has never made an application in a third country through which he traveled. Immigrants from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador will have to apply to Mexico before they can do so in the United States.
This ruling marks a major turning point in US immigration policy that allowed anyone to apply regardless of how they arrived in the United States.
In a tweet, Ken Cuccinelli, acting immigration services chief, wrote “It’s a big victory” and promised to implement the new guidelines as soon as possible.
“As Congress stands idly by, the Trump administration is using all the tools at its disposal to resolve the crisis on the southern border.”
Even if it is a temporary decision, it can remain in effect until the presidential election of 3 November 2020.
– Little money for the wall.
Another source of satisfaction for Trump is the success of the pressure on Mexico, and he said in this regard “amazing progress on the southern border.”
The administration now calls the calls with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “excellent.”
Trump, who has been threatened by tariff increases, received a Mexican decision to tighten controls at home as troops deployed on the southern border – where most immigrants arrive – as in the north.
But the “magnificent wall” on the border is the most symbolic project he launched on the day of his campaign on June 16, 2015.
The wall, which has varied during the meetings, has become a source of frustration almost daily for Trump since he arrived at the White House.
Although the wall remains largely theoretical at this stage, Trump has managed in recent months to score some points. With Congress stubbornly refusing to allocate the money, the president found a way around him through the Pentagon door.
In early September, the Pentagon decided to allocate 3.6 billion dollars to finance the construction of 280 kilometers. To do so, 127 projects for the construction and modernization of military buildings in the United States and abroad have been postponed by their 2019 budget.
Unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court’s appointments of two conservative judges – Neil Gorch and Brett Cavana – are beginning to bear fruit. The court’s move toward the conservative camp is expected to bring more good news to Trump.
In late July, the Supreme Court gave him another victory by allowing the use of $ 2.5 billion from the Pentagon for the wall. The resolution received five votes to four, according to a clear ideological gap.
The decision angered the Democratic camp, which denounced this “ineffective wall”, which in his view is a presidential heresy. But Trump praised this “great victory.”
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