Refugee ban could result in increased illegal immigration

Posted on 02. Apr, 2017 by in Immigration

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President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees could create a new wave of illegal border crossings, experts warn.

The latest iteration of Trump’s travel ban includes a provision that halts entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days.

That could interfere with an Obama administration-brokered deal that allowed Central American children to apply for refugee status in the United States without leaving their countries.

The Central American Minors program was created last year to reduce the number of unaccompanied minors and family units fleeing through Mexico and illegally trying to cross the southern border into the U.S.

Although the program remains in place, Trump’s latest executive order sets out new rules for the number of refugees the United States will accept.

“The problem is that we are maxed out, because, remember, [Trump] decreased the number of refugees that are allowed into the U.S.,” said Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.).

“We could already be maxed out at 100 percent in 90 days. That means no one else could come in,” she said.

With that avenue of escape closed, many may choose to make the dangerous crossing through Mexico instead.

Central American children and family units have become the main drivers of illegal immigration, as resettlement from Mexico has leveled off since 2009. Since 2014, Mexicans have accounted for less than half of all illegal border crossings.

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