UN refugee agency regrets US ruling on asylum applications

The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday a US Supreme Court order curbing asylum applications at the Mexican border could hurt people fleeing violence and persecution who are entitled to protection.

UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said that it is too early to say whether the US Court ruling and President Trump administration's policy was in violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which the United States has ratified.

The Mexican government on Thursday protested the decision and Central American migrants feared deportation back to their violent homelands.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Joel Millman said that over 36,500 migrants and asylum seekers gathered at the US-Mexico border. However, it is not clear how many of those are formal asylum-seekers.

Source: VOV5