Trump moves to limit asy­lum

Connecticut Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Donald Trump is­sued a procla­ma­tion Fri­day to deny asy­lum to mi­grants who en­ter the coun­try il­le­gally, tight­en­ing the bor­der as car­a­vans of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans slowly ap­proach the United States. The plan was im­me­di­ately chal­lenged in court.

Trump in­voked the same pow­ers he used last year to im­pose a travel ban that was up­held by the Supreme Court. The new reg­u­la­tions are in­tended to cir­cum­vent laws stat­ing that any­one is el­i­gi­ble for asy­lum no mat­ter how he or she en­ters the coun­try. About 70,000 peo­ple per year who en­ter the coun­try il­le­gally claim asy­lum, of­fi­cials said.

“We need peo­ple in our coun­try, but they have to come in legally,” Trump said Fri­day as he de­parted for Paris.

The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union and other le­gal groups swiftly sued in fed­eral court in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia to block the reg­u­la­tions, ar­gu­ing the mea­sures were il­le­gal. The lit­i­ga­tion also seeks to put the new rules on hold while the case pro­gresses.

The reg­u­la­tions go into ef­fect Satur­day. They would be in place for at least three months but could be extended, and don’t af­fect peo­ple al­ready in the coun­try. The Jus­tice Depart­ment said in a state­ment the reg­u­la­tions were law­ful.

Noah Berger / As­so­ci­ated Press

Aban­doned ve­hi­cles lined up af­ter a wild­fire burned through Par­adise, Calif., on Fri­day.

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