A group that supports stringent immigration policies says President Donald Trump's new, tougher policy for asylum seekers is a welcome change.
The Trump administration is now requiring asylum seekers from South America and other countries to wait in Mexico while their cases wind their way through the U.S. court system.
The new policy, which is expected to be challenged in court, was introduced at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico, last week.
This new policy goes in a different direction from Trump's ongoing push for new border barriers, says Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. That's because illegal aliens often want to be caught by the Border Patrol so they can remain in the U.S. by requesting an asylum hearing that they fail to appear at.
"I do think that the new changes President Trump has put into place --- keeping out people who are coming here just to try to get in by claiming asylum --- is going to help," she predicts.
The "remain in Mexico" policy does not apply to children travelling alone or to asylum seekers from Mexico.
The border crossing at Ysidro, the busiest along the U.S.-Mexico border, made headlines in recent months as the destination of the migrant "caravans" that traveled north from Central America.
Vaughan says CIS still supports the push for more physical barriers, too.
"Walls help where people don't want to be caught," she says, "because they go to a different area and it's harder for them to get in."