Trump Admin Moves To Block Migrants From Claiming Asylum

TOPSHOT - Migrants from poor Central American countries -mostly Hondurans- moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life or to escape violence ride on the back of a truck en route to Mexico City after ge... TOPSHOT - Migrants from poor Central American countries -mostly Hondurans- moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life or to escape violence ride on the back of a truck en route to Mexico City after getting a lift in San Marcos along the Mexico City-Puebla highway, on November 5, 2018. - US President Donald Trump has ordered regular army troops to the US-Mexican border as a caravan of a few thousand impoverished migrants slowly marches toward the boundary. (Photo by Rodrigo ARANGUA / AFP) (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 8, 2018 5:56 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to deny asylum to migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

New regulations will block migrants from claiming asylum if they do not come to an official border crossing.

They are intended to speed up rulings on asylum claims, instead of having migrants try to circumvent official crossings on the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.

The move was spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants walking toward the border. They are now about 600 miles (965 kilometers) away. President Donald Trump has vowed to stop them from entering the country.

The new rules are subject to a presidential proclamation expected Friday in which Trump will invoke the same justification he did for the travel ban. The new rules will almost certainly face court challenges.

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