US moves to limit asy­lum claims

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON: The Trump Amin­is­tra­tion has is­sued a new rule aimed at re­strict­ing asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions at the US­Mex­ico bor­der by re­quir­ing peo­ple to make their claim at a point of en­try.

The new rule was is­sued by the US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity and the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice, which said in a state­ment it meant peo­ple who en­tered the coun­try il­le­gally would be in­el­i­gi­ble for asy­lum.

The US pres­i­dent had the broad au­thor­ity to sus­pend or re­strict en­try into the United States if he de­ter­mined it to be in the na­tional in­ter­est to do so, the news re­lease said.

The changes would be for­mally pub­lished today.

The procla­ma­tion is ex­pected to be chal­lenged in the courts. Ad­vo­cates for im­mi­gra­tion say US law clearly ex­tends asy­lum pro­tec­tions to any­one who reaches the US re­gard­less of how they en­ter. — DPA

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