Illegal migrants to be denied asylum in US

Nov 10, 2018, 09:10 IST | Agencies

This includes anyone who crosses the southern border outside official entry points, the rule explains

Illegal migrants to be denied asylum in US
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Migrants who illegally enter the United States through the southern border with Mexico will be ineligible for asylum, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

"Those aliens who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States through the southern border with Mexico issued under section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) will be rendered ineligible for asylum," the release said on Thursday, and was signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday. Currently, migrants who enter the United States illegally between ports of entry are able to apply for asylum.

The rule requires all migrants to apply for asylum at US ports of entry along the southern border, according to a document that will be published in the Federal Register on Friday.

Senior US administration officials said during a conference call on Thursday that they are working to ensure they have the resources and man power at the ports of entry to prepare for any large number of asylum seekers arriving at the border. The officials added that the intention is to quickly determine which migrants really need asylum.

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