The Trump administration seeks to limit asylum seekers with a new rule

Hundreds of Central American migrants move early in the morning to their next destination in Puebla on Monday in Cordoba, Mexico. The Trump administration has issued a new rule for asylum seekers on Thursday.

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The administration wants to circumvent this provision by using the president's broad authority to exclude any immigrant – or class of immigrants – deemed "detrimental to US interests". This is the same authority used by the president when he issued a ban on travel on a variety of mostly Muslim countries. This ban was initially blocked by the courts, but after several revisions it was finally confirmed by the US Supreme Court.

The new measure is designed to channel asylum seekers to official entry ports, where the administration states that their requests could be processed more efficiently. The move could also drastically limit the number of people admitted to the United States.

The president has long been frustrated by the number of immigrants who illegally cross the border from Mexico. Although the overall numbers are well below what was at their peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s, today's border crossings are more likely to be families and children. of Central America. For legal reasons, they are harder to expel than single adults from Mexico who have formed most of the border crossings a generation ago.

US Customs and Border Protection Officers participate in a training exercise at a vehicle entry point along the Mexican border at Hidalgo, Texas on Monday.

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