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US to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

The United States will no longer allow people who enter the country illegally to claim asylum, officials has said, unveiling a controversial new crackdown on immigration. The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official called the historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system along the border with Mexico. The new rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to get President Donald Trump s signature shortly -- as well as face court challenges. The American Civil Liberties Union said that right of asylum must be granted to anyone entering the country, regardless of where they were. US law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry. It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree, the ACLU said. But according to the new rule, Trump has authority to restrict illegal immigration if he determines it to be in the national ...

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