Trump lim­its asy­lum, says peo­ple must ‘come in legally’

Journal Pioneer - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON - Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day in­voked ex­tra­or­di­nary na­tional se­cu­rity pow­ers to deny asy­lum to mi­grants who en­ter the coun­try il­le­gally, tight­en­ing the border as car­a­vans of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans slowly ap­proach the United States.

Trump is us­ing the same pow­ers he used to push through a ver­sion of the travel ban that was up­held by the Supreme Court. The procla­ma­tion puts into place reg­u­la­tions adopted Thurs­day that cir­cum­vent laws stat­ing that any­one is el­i­gi­ble for asy­lum no mat­ter how he or she en­ters the coun­try.

“We need peo­ple in our coun­try but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit,” Trump said Fri­day as he pre­pared to depart for Paris. Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials say the mea­sures are in ef­fect for at least three months, but could be ex­tended.

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