The president of the United States of America on Friday said the country will deny asylum temporarily to any migrant who enters the country illegally under new rule.
Trump is using the same powers he used to push through a version of the travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
The proclamation puts into place regulations adopted on Thursday that circumvent laws stating that anyone is eligible for asylum no matter how he or she enters the country.
“We need people in our country but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit,” Trump said on Friday.
Officials say the measures, likely to face legal challenges, go into effect on Saturday for at least three months, but could be extended.
They don’t affect people who are already in the country.
The changes are meant to funnel asylum seekers through official border crossings for speedy rulings, officials said, instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the nearly 3,200km border.
The move was spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants moving north on foot but will apply to anyone caught crossing illegally, officials said.
“The arrival of large numbers ... will contribute to the overloading of our immigration and asylum system and to the release of thousands ... into the interior of the US,” Trump said, calling it a crisis