Trump lim­its asy­lum from Mex­ico bor­der, car­a­vans head north

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WASH­ING­TON, (Reuters) - Pres­i­dent Donald Trump yes­ter­day ef­fec­tively sus­pended the grant­ing of asy­lum to mi­grants who cross the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der il­le­gally, seek­ing fresh ways to block thou­sands of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans trav­el­ing in car­a­vans from en­ter­ing the United States.

The or­der, which goes into ef­fect on Satur­day, means that mi­grants will have to present them­selves at U.S. ports of en­try to qual­ify for asy­lum. U.S. im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates rushed to court to try to block the pol­icy.

“I just signed the procla­ma­tion on asy­lum - very im­por­tant,” Trump told re­porters on Fri­day be­fore leav­ing for Paris. “Peo­ple can come in but they have to come in through the points of en­try.”

The or­der fol­lowed other rules un­veiled on Thurs­day that sought to limit asy­lum claims.

Trump made his hard-line poli­cies to­ward im­mi­gra­tion a key is­sue ahead of Tues­day’s midterm elec­tions. He has vowed to de­ploy troops at the bor­der to stop a car­a­van of mainly Hon­duran mi­grants, cur­rently edg­ing their way through Mex­ico.

Sev­eral hun­dred of the car­a­van started north again on Fri­day af­ter a rest in Mex­ico City. Many of them have said they want to seek asy­lum in the United States, cit­ing vi­o­lence in their own coun­tries.

Trump’s procla­ma­tion said mass mi­gra­tion on the bor­der had pre­cip­i­tated a cri­sis and he was act­ing to pro­tect the na­tional in­ter­est.

The or­der will be in ef­fect for 90 days or un­til the United States reaches an agree­ment with Mex­ico al­low­ing it to turn back asy­lum-seek­ers who had trav­eled through Mex­ico, which­ever comes first.

U.S. and Mex­i­can diplo­mats have held talks over the is­sue this year, but there has been lit­tle in­di­ca­tion Mex­ico would agree to such a pact.

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