U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued an executive order to ramp up measures to prevent asylum seekers from entering via the country’s border with Mexico.

“I’m announcing actions to ban migrants who cross our southern border unlawfully from receiving asylum.

The White House earlier in the day published a presidential decree according to which migrants could be denied the chance to claim asylum in certain circumstances.

This was criticised by both human rights activists and Republicans.

Those affected by the decree were to be deported at short notice if they do not explicitly request asylum.

Those who did so would be subjected to stricter checks by border officials.

June 5, 2024

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