The Trump administration unveiled a series of new regulations Monday aimed at severely cracking down on the number of asylum seekers traveling with the ‘Migrant Caravan’ from Central America.
“The new rule, published in the Federal Register, would require most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traversed – whether in Mexico, in Central America, or elsewhere on their journey. In most cases, only if that application is denied would they then be able to seek asylum in the United States,” reports Fox News.
“Ultimately, today’s action will reduce the overwhelming burdens on our domestic system caused by asylum-seekers failing to seek urgent protection in the first available country, economic migrants lacking a legitimate fear of persecution, and the transnational criminal organizations, traffickers, and smugglers exploiting our system for profits,” Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a statement.
The regulations are designed to reduce the amount of asylum seekers fleeing their home countries for “economic reasons” rather than persecution or risk to their personal safety.
“Right now, the U.S. has such an agreement, known as a ‘safe third country,’ only with Canada. Under a recent agreement with Mexico, Central American countries were considering a regional compact on the issue, but nothing has been decided. Guatemalan officials were expected in Washington on Monday, but apparently a meeting between Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was canceled amid a court challenge in Guatemala over whether the country could strike such an agreement,” adds Fox.