WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to block most asylum-seekers at America's southern border, a move that would largely affect Central Americans who cross through Mexico.
The administration's action, announced by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, bars people from applying for asylum in the U.S. if they traveled by land through another country where asylum was available before arriving in the United States, according to a 58-page federal document made public Monday.
"The large number of meritless asylum claims places an extraordinary strain on the nation's immigration system, undermines many of the humanitarian purposes of asylum, has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis of human smuggling," Barr said.
The rule is set to take effect Tuesday and is expected to spark swift legal challenges.
"This thing should never get off the ground. It should be held up immediately [by the courts]," said immigration expert Tom Jawetz of the Washington-based Center for American Progress.
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