Immigrants from Central America and Mexican citizens, who are fleeing from violence and poverty, queue to cross into the US to apply for asylum at the border crossing of El Chaparral in Tijuana, Mexico [File: Jorge Duenes/Reuters]

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the US-Mexico border, a key element of his hard-line immigration policies.

The court said the rule, which requires most immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they had travelled on their way to the United States, could go into effect as litigation challenging its legality continues.

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