Could this finally be the end of the border crisis
The Trump administration announced a sweeping new policy tightening restrictions for asylum seekers.
The new rule would require most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traversed – whether in Mexico, in Central America, or elsewhere on their journey.
“Ultimately, today’s action will reduce the overwhelming burdens on our domestic system caused by asylum-seekers failing to seek urgent protection in the first available country, economic migrants lacking a legitimate fear of persecution, and the transnational criminal organizations, traffickers, and smugglers exploiting our system for profits,” Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a statement, describing the “targeted changes” as critical.
Democrats railed against that policy, with 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke calling it “inhumane.”
Current U.S. law allows refugees to request asylum when they arrive at the U.S. regardless of how they did so.
Trump administration said the changes are meant to close the gap between the initial asylum screening that most people pass and the final decision on asylum that most people do not win.