Doug Bedell — July 26, 2019, 11:45 am

Via a New ‘Third Country’ Rule, DOJ, DHS Making U.S. Asylum Nearly Impossible


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published a joint rule with the Department of Justice “that dramatically limits the ability of migrants to seek asylum in the United States.”

Sylvia Longmire on In Homeland Security reports that “any migrants en route to the United States will be required to seek asylum in a country they are transiting, which is usually Mexico. The only way they can request asylum in the United States is if they can show proof that their asylum request was denied by the third country.”

Ms. Longmire notes that DHS Acting Secretary Kevi McAleenan stated in a press release, “Until Congress can act, this interim rule will help reduce a major ‘pull factor’ driving irregular migration to the United States and enable DHS and DOJ to more quickly and efficiently process cases originating from the southern border, leading to fewer individuals transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey.”

Longmire “also indicated that the rule will reduce the burden on the U.S. immigration system caused by asylum seekers failing to request asylum in the first available country, as well as ‘economic migrants lacking a legitimate fear of persecution.'”

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