A new rule blocking migrants from claiming asylum in the U.S. is set to take effect this week. Trump officials say the executive change is needed to stop a flood of asylum claims filed by recent border crossers, particularly from Central America.
CBS NEWS – According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone. The new rule will affect asylum seekers coming through Mexico from countries like Guatemala and El Salvador.
WASHINGTON POST – Critics say the proposed changes are an attempt to rescind core principles of U.S. immigration law that protect vulnerable asylum seekers from being sent back to persecution in their homelands or other countries.