The Trump administration's latest attempt to end asylum protections for Central American migrants bears close resemblance to a formal agreement the U.S. has with only one other country: Canada. The new rule, which took effect Tuesday, aims to make asylum claims ineligible if an asylum-seeker passes through another country first.
"Guatemala's legal infrastructure is weak, to say the least. Mexico has offered very limited legal protections for Central Americans," said Dean Kevin Johnson of the UC Davis School of Law. "That makes it very different from the safe third country agreement with Canada. Few would dispute that Canada has an asylum system that's efficient, generous and fair."
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