Immigrants from Central America and Mexican citizens queue to cross into the US to apply for asylum at the new border crossing of El Chaparral in Tijuana, Mexico [File: Jorge Duenes/Reuters]
The Trump administration has moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the US-Mexico border.
According to a new rule published in the Federal Register on Monday, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the United States‘ southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.
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