Apparently, the United States Constitution is a global document that guarantees rights to those with no formal ties to the United States. At least that’s what a group of migrants marching toward the southern border believe.
Twelve Honduran nationals who are a part of the migrant caravan approaching the United States have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Trump, claiming that he intends to violate their Fifth Amendment right to not “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The prospective asylum applicants are funded and backed by Nexus Services Inc.
President Trump plans to sign an executive order restricting asylum applications to only those who show up at a port-of-entry. Those who illegally cross the border will have their applications rejected.
These migrants are facing no persecution from the Mexican government. In fact, they have even been offered asylum status by the country. So they have no need to illegally cross the border if their only true intentions are to gain asylum in the United States.
Furthermore, those who have no legal or resident ties to the United States are not under U.S. jurisdiction, and therefore enjoy no protections under the Constitution. Simply declaring that you intend to come to the United States does not grant you the rights and protections offered to citizens. If we were required to enforce Fifth Amendment rights for those living in other countries, then, for consistency’s sake, we would need to ensure they are being afforded every other Constitutional right as well. The United States does not have the desire, moral authority, or military capacity to implement that kind of global hegemony.
The Constitution is the principal document governing the United States of America. We restrict who can and cannot migrate here because we want to ensure that the values of the Constitution are respected and upheld. Demanding the ‘right’ to break U.S. immigration law undermines the founding fabric of our society, so this lawsuit should be rejected by our judicial system.