I see the ACLU is in a tizzy over Trump’s asylum rules, and are suing.
Several civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration’s new rules that effectively end asylum protections. Under the rules, migrants who pass through another country on their way to the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum.
They’re suing the wrong people. They need to sue the United Nations. Because… well…
“This is the Trump administration’s most extreme run at an asylum ban yet,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt in a statement. “It clearly violates domestic and international law, and cannot stand.”
… Gelernt doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. Trump didn’t make up that rule about coming through other countries to claim asylum. That’s straight out of the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.
Refugees unlawfully in the country of refugee
1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence. (emphasis added)
One of them manages to fly directly from Bumfuck, Wherever into JFK International? Fine; directly.
But hops a ship or flight to Brazil, hikes up through Central America, camps in Mexico, then jumps the border into Texas? That’s pretty damned indirect. They could make a claim on Brazil. Not the USA.