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U.S. Asylum Agents: 'Very Little Time' To Prepare Before New Immigration Rule

The memo, written by the head of asylum at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, notified officers that immigrants at the southern border are ineligible for asylum, with a few exceptions.

The Trump administration has implemented its strongest effort yet to curb asylum claims, but an internal memo shows that U.S. asylum officers weren't briefed until just hours before the sweeping immigration rule went into effect Tuesday.

The new policy bars most immigrants from a long-held practice of applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. People seeking asylum must instead apply for protections in countries they passed through on their way to the United States.

In the Monday night memo

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