US suspends asylum for illegal border crossers

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States will no longer allow people who enter the country outside of formal border crossings to claim asylum, officials said Thursday, unveiling a new crackdown on illegal immigration.

The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official called the “historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system.”

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.

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