The Trump Administration announced a major immigration policy this morning that could affect the number of migrants eligible to receive asylum in the United States.

Fox News reports:

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The new rule, published in the Federal Register, would require most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traversed – whether in Mexico, in Central America, or elsewhere on their journey. In most cases, only if that application is denied would they then be able to seek asylum in the United States.

The policy is meant to differentiate between those who are actually fleeing persecution in their home countries verses those wish to use asylum laws in the U.S. for economic gain.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a statement, “Ultimately, today’s action will reduce the overwhelming burdens on our domestic system caused by asylum-seekers failing to seek urgent protection in the first available country, economic migrants lacking a legitimate fear of persecution, and the transnational criminal organizations, traffickers, and smugglers exploiting our system for profits.”

Attorney General Bill Barr said the new policy would curb “forum shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States—while ensuring that no one is removed from the United States who is more likely than not to be tortured or persecuted on account of a protected ground.”

For the full report, click HERE.