Central American migrants and asylum seekers await a bus near the US border on Friday (Image: Lehtikuva)

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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES has upheld a Trump Administration law that prevents virtually all Central and South American migrants from seeking asylum in the country, reversing decades of asylum policy. 

The ruling overrides a previous attempt from district courts to block the law, which states that anyone seeking asylum in the United States will be ineligible if they cannot prove that they sought asylum in the first "safe country" they arrived in. For the majority of people seeking refuge in the US, who are arriving from unstable countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, and Venezuela, this means that Mexico will likely be their only option. 

The Supreme Court ruling is temporary, but allows the law to come into immediate effect until the legal dispute is resolved. 

 

image Credit: Lehtikuva 

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