Trump Administration Tightens Rules on Asylum Seekers Ahead of Promised Executive Order
In the waning days of the midterm election campaign, President Donald Trump announced a nebulous plan to deny the right of asylum to tens of thousands of immigrants seeking safe haven in the United States.
One week later, that plan is starting to take shape, with the issuance of joint rules by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security declaring that immigrants who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States “will be rendered ineligible for asylum.”
Trump has not yet issued that suspension or limitation, which he said last week would take the form of an executive order, but is expected to move forward tomorrow, according to three senior administration officials during a background briefing call with reporters on Thursday afternoon.
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