Applying for asylum is a long and often complicated process, ranging from rigorous background checks to personal interviews.
Right-wing members of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance have questioned Germany's constitutional right to asylum and its commitment to an international migration treaty. Bavaria's state premier does not want any changes.
One contender to take over as successor to Angela Merkel has questioned whether Germany's constitutional right to asylum should stay in its current form. It's not the first time the law has been a political hot potato.
Stuck at the border for three weeks, a handful of the 6,000 migrants in the caravan are fasting in protest. They want to put pressure on US and Mexican authorities to allow them to apply for asylum.
The Trump administration has signed an order that would effectively ban migrants who illegally cross the US-Mexico border from qualifying for asylum. The move comes as thousands of migrants are making their way north.
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