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UN Concerned About US Asylum Curbs     07/16 06:20

   GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says it's "deeply concerned" about 
new U.S. restrictions on asylum, saying it will put vulnerable families at risk.

   UNHCR comments late Monday came after the Trump administration said it will 
end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico 
border.

   The rule is expected to go into effect Tuesday and would affect many 
refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. It is certain to face 
legal challenges.

   According to the plan, migrants who pass through another country --- in this 
case, Mexico --- on their way to the United States will be ineligible for 
asylum.

   UNHCR says the rule overly restricts the right to apply for asylum, and 
threatens the right not to be sent back to countries where people could face 
persecution.


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