WASHINGTON (PM) — Trump administration officials announced they have begun to implement a new system that completely denies asylum to most migrants at the Southern border, in the furrow of a Supreme Court decision on the controversial policy.
A spokeswoman for the Homeland Security agency that handles asylum interviews states the policy will be retroactive to July 16, when the original rule was announced.
The new rules disallow asylum to anyone coming to the U.S.-Mexico border who has not already tried to obtain protection first in another country.
Advocates had sued and the policy was on hold, but the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday it could be implemented while the court challenge is being heard.
Most asylum-seekers pass an initial screening called a “credible fear” interview. Under the new policy, they would automatically fail the test unless they sought asylum in at least one country they traveled through and were denied.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s removal of the blockade for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum claims from Central Americans is being criticized by immigration advocates as a “death sentence” for migrants attempting to escape poverty and extreme violence.
Migrants who advance their way to the U.S. overland from places like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador would be extensively ineligible, along with asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who attempt to get in by way of the U.S.-Mexican border.