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Change in the Asylum Policy.

The President of the United States today signed a proclamation that will prohibit immigrants who cross the United States illegally through the South border from being granted asylum.

What does the Immigration and Nationality Law say regarding Asylum across its borders?

It says that anyone arriving in the US, whether or not through a designated port, can apply for Asylum if they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, belonging to a particular social group or political opinion.

But what is the purpose of this measure?

The purpose is to limit the number of asylum seekers, since the president and his advisers describe this benefit as a legal Laguna. The Administration will require immigrants to apply for Asylum at legal entry points, and will prevent them from applying for this benefit if they are caught crossing the border illegally.