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Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Get SCOTUS Review

Court won't look at the case until 2021, though—meaning it may be moot if Biden is elected

(Newser) - The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings. As is typical, the court didn't comment in announcing it would hear the case. Because the court's calendar is already full through the end of the...

Canada Court Invalidates Asylum Agreement With US

But decision is delayed for 6 months

(Newser) - A Canadian court Wednesday invalidated the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, ruling elements of the law violate Canadian constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security, the AP reports. But Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald delayed the implementation of her decision for six months to...

Supreme Court Gives Trump a Win on Immigration

Ruling makes it easier to deport asylum seekers

(Newser) - The latest Supreme Court decision on immigration has gone President Trump's way. In a 7-2 ruling on Thursday, the court made it easier to deport asylum seekers at the border, reports USA Today . The decision means that people whose requests for asylum are rejected in their initial screenings aren'...

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Continue

SCOTUS allows controversial policy to stay in place for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal, the AP reports. The justices' order, over a dissenting vote by Justice Sonia...

Immigration Chief Unlawfully Named, Lacks Authority: Judge

Ken Cuccinelli didn't have right to give asylum seekers less time to prepare for interviews

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed to lead the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency and, as a result, lacked authority to give asylum seekers less time to prepare for initial screening interviews. Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and an immigration hardliner, was named...

The US Deported Them. 138 Are Now Dead

Human Rights Watch documents cases of murdered Salvadorans

(Newser) - The report is called "Deported to Danger," and for at least 138 Salvadorans, danger is putting it too mildly. In its report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says that's the number of migrants and asylum seekers that were murdered after the US deported them back to El...

Minors Who Sought Asylum With Their Families Now Return Alone

135 such children are in US custody and, for now, can't be sent back

(Newser) - Children as young as 4 are crossing the US-Mexico border alone in what CNN reports is a dangerous consequence of the Trump administration's policy of requiring some migrants to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases play out. Some 60,000 migrants seeking asylum in the US have been...

Trump Pact With Honduras 'Seals Off' Central America

Administration signs deal to send asylum seekers to country

(Newser) - The Trump administration signed a deal Wednesday with a third Central American country that would effectively seal off the region, preventing asylum-seekers traveling through from entering the United States, the AP reports. The latest agreement, signed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, paves the way to send asylum-seekers...

Trump Loses Court Battle Over Asylum

Federal judge's ruling halts the policy across the Mexico border

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new asylum restrictions for immigrants at the US-Mexico border, marking the latest defeat for a president waging an all-out battle in the courts to stop the flow of migrants into the country, the AP reports. The ruling by US...

New Rule Makes Big Change to Asylum Law

It would vastly restrict number of migrants who can apply for asylum in America

(Newser) - A new rule that fundamentally changes US asylum law and would dramatically reduce the number of migrants who can apply at the border goes into effect Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. An immediate legal challenge is expected. The new rule, published in the Federal Register , stipulates that any migrant...

20% of Asylum Seekers Come From a Single Country

UN calls economic crisis there a 'war of survival'

(Newser) - When Johan Álvarez was unable to provide more than one meal a day for his young family he knew it was time to leave Venezuela. With his wife and infant son, the 25-year-old embarked on a lengthy journey by bus through three nations to reach Peru earlier this year....

She Has Dementia, Chokes on Food. Denmark Is Deporting Her

Family of 72-year-old Zarmena Waziri says she'll never make it back in Afghanistan

(Newser) - June 4 is a day of reckoning for Zarmena Waziri, a 72-year-old refugee from Afghanistan with dementia who's been told that's the day she must report to a Denmark deportation center. The New York Times reports that her last appeal for asylum there, where she lives with her...

Trump Wants to Charge Asylum Seekers to Apply

President orders crackdown on 'rampant abuse'

(Newser) - President Trump is proposing charging asylum-seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross into the US. In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to...

Judge Blocks White House's Asylum Policy

Preliminary injunction scheduled to take effect Friday

(Newser) - A US judge in San Francisco has blocked the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for a court to hear their cases, but the order won't immediately go into effect. Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday granted a request by civil liberties groups...

US Tries to Send More Seeking Asylum Back Across the Border

Border officials aim to quadruple the number of Central Americans returned

(Newser) - Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday. It was the latest...

Feds Ready to Roll Out Major Asylum Policy Change

Asylum seekers will be forced to wait in Mexico

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday will start forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US courts, an official says, launching what could become one of the more significant changes to the immigration system in years. The changes will be introduced at San Diego's...

Saudi Teen Barricaded in Hotel Room Wins Reprieve

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun begs Thai officials not to send her home, saying she'll be killed

(Newser) - A young Saudi Arabian woman who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok, saying that her life will be in danger if authorities send her back to her family, has won a reprieve. Thailand authorities will allow her to stay, at least temporarily, while they investigate her case,...

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Trump on Asylum-Seekers

Won't allow White House to begin enforcing controversial new restrictions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled against President Trump on Friday regarding a controversial new plan to put restrictions on asylum-seekers. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four more liberal justices in blocking the White House from immediately enforcing the plan, reports the New York Times . (This is the same...

Trump: I'll Shut Border 'Permanently' If I Have To

President tells Mexico it should send all 'flag-waving migrants' back to their home countries

(Newser) - On Sunday, there was "mayhem" at the US-Mexico border as pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the country's busiest, were suspended by Customs and Border Protection, and US agents shot tear gas at migrants near the border after a few tried to breach...

US Strikes Major Deal With Mexico —or Does It?

US-Mexico agreement seems up in the air

(Newser) - Has Washington struck a new immigration deal with Mexico? Depends on who you ask. According to the Washington Post , the two sides have agreed in principle that asylum seekers will wait in Mexico for courts to assess their claims—and anyone denied gets sent back to their home country. "...

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