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Trump administration blocks most asylum seekers in ‘profound’ change to system as legal fights continue

A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week allowing President Donald Trump's administration to proceed with a near complete ban on asylum across the southern border while the policy is litigated will dramatically slash how many migrants can access the protection.

“Because of this decision, thousands of women, children, and families — seeking safety and fleeing violence and persecution — will be returned either to the danger they fled or into the hands of cartels and traffickers at the Mexican border,” Michelle Brané, senior director for migrants’ rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said in a statement.