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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Rule Forcing Refugees to First Seek Asylum Elsewhere

HeadlineJul 01, 2020

In immigration news, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has struck down a Trump administration asylum restriction that banned most asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and Africa from applying for refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border, instead forcing them to first seek asylum in countries they pass through on their way to the U.S., particularly Mexico or Guatemala. The ruling Tuesday marked a legal victory for refugee advocates who challenged the near-total ban on asylum.

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