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Reports of possible safe-third country agreement with Mexico

  1. Original Date Announced

    July 11, 2018

    Press reports that the Trump administration is considering a safe third country agreement with Mexico. This agreement would require asylum seekers transiting through Mexico to apply for protection there rather than in the United States. It would allow U.S. border guards to turn back such asylum seekers at border crossings and quickly return to Mexico anyone who has already entered the US to seek refuge, regardless of their nationality. [ID #47]

    Report: U.S. and Mexico discussing a deal that could slash migration at the border
  3. Biden Administration Action: Other

    May 11, 2023

    2023.05.11_Circumvention of Lawful Pathways - Federal Register

    On May 11, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice issued a final rule anticipating the end of the CDC's Title 42 public health order. The "Circumvention of Lawful Pathways" rule removed the regulatory text included in the Third Country Transit final rule that implemented a mandatory bar to asylum eligibility for individuals who transit through or fail to apply for asylum in third countries before entering the United States. Instead, the Biden Administration's rule establishes a rebuttable presumption that noncitizens are ineligible for asylum if they traveled through a third country before entering the U.S. without authorization and without availing of existing lawful processes.

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

May 11, 2023 Action: Other 2023.05.11_Circumvention of Lawful Pathways - Federal Register
May 11, 2023
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: CBP USCIS DHS

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