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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... More »

France Dismisses Snowden's Latest Asylum Request

It's 'not the time,' foreign minister says

(Newser) - France's foreign minister says "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the AP reports. Snowden has been living in Russia to escape US prosecution after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. Asking France again for... More »

Trump's New Asylum Ban Takes Effect

Rule denying asylum to nearly all migrants arriving at the southern border is being enforced

(Newser) - With a go-ahead from the US Supreme Court , the Trump administration Thursday began enforcing a radical new rule that would deny asylum to nearly all migrants arriving at the southern border—a move that spread despair among those fleeing poverty and violence in their homelands. A rep for the Homeland... More »

Supreme Court: Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers

Ruling allows nationwide enforcement of limits while legal challenge continues

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.... More »

Trump Finds New Way to Discourage Migrants

But swamped immigration courts manage to fast-track family cases

(Newser) - Rosita Lopez said armed gang members demanded money from her and her partner at their small grocery store on the Guatemalan coast and threatened to kill them when they couldn't pay. When her partner was shot soon afterward, they sold everything and fled north, the AP reports. Just over... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Ecuador President: Assange's Bad Hygiene a Big Issue

President Lenín Moreno says he tried to use embassy as 'center for spying'

(Newser) - Julian Assange was a bad guest who attempted to turn Ecuador's embassy in London into a "center for spying." So charges Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno in an interview with the Guardian , elaborating on comments he made roughly a week before Assange's arrest. In early April,... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

Mexico Just Made a Big Change on Migrants

People seeking asylum in US will be returned to Mexico to wait out the process

(Newser) - Mexico has agreed to a fundamental change on how it deals with migrants seeking asylum in the US. Instead of being allowed to cross into America, they will now be returned to Mexico to wait out the legal process, reports the AP . The Homeland Security Department calls Mexico's agreement... More »

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... More »

Judge to Trump: You Can't Deny Asylum at Border

'Individuals are entitled to asylum if they cross between ports of entry,' lawyer says

(Newser) - A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. US District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco, the AP reports. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union... More »

Troops at Border Will Be Departing Soon

Some of them have already accomplished their missions, Army says

(Newser) - Some of the thousands of troops sent to the US-Mexico border could be on their way home this week while members of the migrant caravan President Trump described as an "invasion" are still arriving. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who is overseeing the deployment, tells Politico that some of... More »

US 'Hardens' Border as Migrants Reach Tijuana

'Caravan' members say they're not deterred by crackdown

(Newser) - American troops deployed to the border installed barbed wire and barricades Tuesday as the first members of a migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana—with thousands more to come. US Customs and Border Protection said it was "hardening" the border "in preparation for the migrant caravan and the potential... More »

White House Announces Asylum Crackdown

Trump expected to issue proclamation Friday

(Newser) - The White House has unveiled the crackdown on asylum seekers President Trump promised last week . A joint statement from Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released Thursday announced an "Interim Final Rule" declaring that "aliens" who violate presidential suspensions or limitations on entry... More »

Migrants Arrive at US Border in Mass Bid for Asylum

The caravan hundreds strong gathered in Tijuana Sunday

(Newser) - Hundreds of Central American migrants arrived at the US border Sunday for a rally, to be followed by a planned mass attempt to apply for asylum, in a direct challenge to the Trump administration. The migrants, many traveling with children, left a downtown Tijuana shelter where they had been staying.... More »

Central American 'Caravan' With Women, Kids Reaches Border

About 130 migrants are hoping to find asylum in US

(Newser) - About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and kids, have arrived at the US-Mexico border in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Trump. Two busloads arrived late Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana at two migrant shelters just steps from one of... More »

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