About time. Been saying this since caravan #1.
If asylum-seekers travel through other countries on their way to the U.S. southern border and don’t seek asylum in those countries, they won’t be eligible to apply in the United States, according to a new rule issued by the Trump administration on July 15.
The Third-Country Asylum Rule will be published in the federal register and enacted on July 16. It isn’t retroactive.
The rule operates under the premise that those seeking asylum from persecution or torture—based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion—should do so in the first safe country they reach.
“It’s just common sense that if you really were in danger, you would go to the first safe country,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, “[but] some of these people are traveling thousands of miles. And so it just stretches credulity. It’s not feasible they’re actually fleeing persecution.”
Almost 90 percent of those who claim credible fear when presenting themselves at the border pass the initial screening. However, less than 20 percent are granted asylum relief by an immigration judge. For Central Americans, that number is less than 10 percent.