Asylum Rule, Ursula von der Leyen and Emmy Nominees | Skimm This | theSkimm

It’s July 16th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • The Trump administration has a new rule that will prevent most migrants from seeking asylum in the US - and will instead, tell them to try other countries first. The ACLU says they’re suing - and some say this is against both domestic and international law. We’ll explain why.
  • It’s official: Ursula von der Leyen is the new president of the European Commission. And she’s the first woman to ever hold this position. We’ll tell you about her game plan. 
  • And the winners are… TBD. This year’s Emmy nominations are out - which means binge-watching season has begun. We’ll tell you who’s eyeing the prize(s). 
  • And finally: the Apollo 11 mission took off for the moon fifty years ago today. ICYMI, there are a ton of commemorative events happening all week long. 


theSkimm: The Trump administration has issued a new rule that’ll mean most migrants heading to the US-Mexico border likely won’t be eligible for asylum. The admin says asylum seekers will have to ask other countries first. And those other countries are saying: who, us? Legal experts say this new rule could violate domestic and international law. We’ll explain why. Meanwhile, soon-to-be former German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen has been elected the new president of the European Commission. She’s making history as the first woman to hold the job - and she’s got a surprising to-do list. Also on today's episode: just how many Emmy awards ‘Game of Thrones’ is nominated for, and a really big lift(-off.)