Migrant families who seek asylum in Arizona or any other state can now be detained indefinitely while their cases are being considered. This is according to a new rule unveiled by the Trump administration on Aug. 21. In 1997, a settlement was reached that allows migrant children to be kept in custody for up to 20 days. It is widely believed that the rule applies to adults who come to the country with their children.
The most recent change to immigration policy is likely to be challenged in court, and it represents the third policy change made since July 15. There may be additional changes to immigration policy coming in the next several weeks or months. President Trump has said that he wants to look into ending birthright citizenship to children born to those who aren’t United States citizens.
The president has made slowing the flow of illegal immigrants one of his primary objectives since taking office. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there have been 475,000 family members caught at the border since October 2018. Critics of the president’s policy say that he is trying to build an invisible wall to prevent immigrants from entering the country. The president and his aides say that current policies subject children to abuse and represent a humanitarian crisis.
Individuals who are seeking asylum generally have the right to do so before or after entering the United States. An attorney may be able to help a person obtain the right to remain in the country after crossing the border. Generally speaking, those who obtain asylum can live and work in the United States legally. Legal counsel may be able to assist those who are seeking permanent residency or seeking to become naturalized American citizens.