The Trump administration issued a rule in mid-July that required asylum seekers who traveled through other countries on the way to the U.S. border to first seek asylum in those countries. In practice, this meant that those arriving in Mexico would need to seek asylum in Mexico first. Asylum seekers who had already presented at the U.S. border but were sent back to Mexico to wait were being processed under the new rule and denied the ability to apply for asylum. A federal judge in California ruled that the rule does not apply to asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border prior to the rule’s existence. If not for the “metering” policy the U.S. employs, those asylum seekers would have arrived in the U.S. before the rule went into effect.

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