New rule intended to add fresh obstacle for asylum seekers

Attorney General William Barr announced a new rule Monday to further restrict applications for political asylum.

Under the policy, threats against a family member will not be considered to prove that a person faces potential persecution and should be granted asylum in the U.S.

The ruling sets a standard for all immigration judges, although the decision Barr announced can be appealed to federal appellate courts. The Trump administration has said that the system is overwhelmed by fraudulent claims by a wave of migrants, mostly from Central America.

The White House has recently enacted other measures to curb immigration, including a bilateral agreement with Guatemala last week requiring migrants who cross that country first to apply for asylum there before moving on toward the U.S.

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