The Trump administration has unveiled a new rule to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border, requiring them first to pursue safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on the way to the U.S., the Reuters website reports today (July 25, 2019).
The Dept. of Homeland Security said the rule would set a "new bar" for immigrants "by placing further restrictions on eligibility who seek asylum in the U.S."
The American Civil Liberties Union questioned the legality of the new rule, and plans to challenge it in court.
The measure goes into effect on July 30.