Changing Asylum Rules
On July 16, 2019, an interim final rule was published changing asylum rules. The new rule adds further restrictions on eligibility for those who seek asylum in the United States. The new rule bars from obtaining asylum those individuals that enter or attempt to enter the United States through the Southern Border but did not apply for protection from persecution or torture in at least one country they traveled through before arriving in the United States. This bar does not apply in the following circumstances:
1. When the individual did apply for protection in another country, but was denied protection.
2. When the individual meets the definition of “victim of a severe form of trafficking in person.”
3. When the individual only traveled through countries that were not parties to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol, or the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The rule became effective immediately upon publication.
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