President Trump on Friday signed a proclamation to restrict asylum claims, saying that any migrant who crosses the border illegally will be blocked from seeking asylum. President Trump said last week he would sign an executive order requiring migrants to request asylum at designated ports of entry. The Immigration and Nationality Act says that anyone who arrives in the U.S. "whether or not at a designated port of arrival" may apply for asylum, reports CNN. Citing broad presidential authority, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that it is in the "national interest" to suspend or restrict migrant entry. "Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens," they said.
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