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New rules could make it harder to get asylum

If President Trump gets his way, it may be harder for immigrants to make their way to Florida or other states to seek asylum. Under a "safe third country" plan, immigrants would be required to first apply for asylum in Mexico or another country. The president also wants immigrants to wait in Mexico until their cases are resolved, which can take months or years to occur.

It is worth noting that migrants in the European Union must ask for asylum in the first country they reach. Those who study the issue say that countries in Central America may not have the resources that European countries do to take on large number of immigrants. Under current United States policy, an individual merely needs to be present in the country and qualify as a refugee to ask for asylum.

Immigrants may not be able to seek asylum elsewhere because not all nations in the region are safer than their countries of origin. Furthermore, not all countries necessarily have an asylum system or have a system that the courts there will honor. President Trump has threatened Mexico with tariffs if it doesn't do more to stop the flow of immigrants to the United States. However, not everyone is convinced that tariffs can resolve the issue on their own.

Migrants who are currently in the United States may qualify for asylum or other legal status to remain in the country. In some cases, they can work and live in the country while their asylum cases are being resolved. If an individual is granted asylum, it may be possible to seek a green card at a later date..

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