Report: Most Central American migrants won’t qualify for asylum in U.S. under new Trump policy

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Migrants cross the Usumacinta River between La Técnica, Guatemala, and Frontera Corozal, México, on Oct. 21. The Usumacinta River acts as a border between the two countries. There is no immigration inspection in either of the two borders in the area.
Migrants cross the Usumacinta River between La Técnica, Guatemala, and Frontera Corozal, México, on Oct. 21. The Usumacinta River acts as a border between the two countries. There is no immigration inspection in either of the two borders in the area.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for TIME

The Trump administration wants to make migrants who pass through another nation before entering the U.S. at its southern border ineligible for asylum, the Associated Press reported Monday. The effort would disqualify most Central American migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, including unaccompanied children.

The AP reported that there would be exceptions to the rule, which was published in the Federal Register and is expected to take effect Tuesday. A migrant would still be eligible for asylum if they had been trafficked, for example, or if the migrant sought asylum in another country but was denied.