Citizenship concerns remain as immigration agency reopens Friday, June 5th, 2020

By PHILIP MARCELO, LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP):- For Albert Baraka, the ceremony outside the federal immigration office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was brief, but life changing. The 20-year-old, who came to the country six years ago as a refugee from Congo, joined nine others Thursday morning to recite..

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UK’s Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he would offer millions of Hong Kongers visas and a possible route to UK citizenship if China persists with its national security law. "Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life -- which China pledged to uphold -- is under..

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Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push Sunday, May 31st, 2020

PIRAEUS (GREECE):- Abdelkader Rahmoun hasn't slept in days. The 44-year-old Syrian and his family are among thousands of recognised refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under Greece's asylum seeker housing scheme. As of Monday, authorities will start moving more than 11,200..

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USCIS plans June 4 office reopen Friday, May 29th, 2020

WASHINGTON:- Most immigration regular services in the United States will resume on June 4, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reopens some field offices and resumes routine in-person services that were suspended on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency said..

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Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

By STEPHEN GROVES and SOPHIA TAREEN, SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP):- When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods’ Sioux Falls pork plant,..

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As virus swamps Peru, Venezuelan migrants collect the dead Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

By FRANKLIN BRICEÑO, LIMA, Peru (AP):- Faustino López was terrified after his wife, Angélica, was hospitalized with the coronavirus last month. Deeply shaken by seeing her so seriously ill after 45 years of marriage, and worried about falling sick himself, López moved from their bed to the..

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Virus rules tighten illegal immigration on northern border Saturday, May 16th, 2020

By WILSON RING, NORTHERN MAINE (AP):- Five Mexican citizens apprehended this week after illegally entering the United States in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A similar policy..

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Judge Allows 5 Central American Asylum Seekers to Enter US Friday, May 15th, 2020

BOSTON, (AP):- Five Central American asylum seekers ordered to remain in Mexico by federal authorities will be able to reunite with their families in Massachusetts until their immigration cases are decided, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union of..

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New refugees struggle to find footing in US during pandemic Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

By BRADY McCOMBS, SALT LAKE CITY (AP):- Afghan refugee Mahmood Amiri arrived in the United States more than a month ago, but his children are still waiting for their first day at school. They have yet to go to a mosque to meet other Muslim families. And Amiri is itching to get a job, but nobody..

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Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and SONIA PÉREZ D., HOUSTON (AP):- The young migrants and asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande and clamber into the dense brush of Texas. Many are teens who left Central America on their own; others were sent along by parents from refugee camps in Mexico. They are as young..

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Advocates Warn of More Immigrant Deaths without ICE Action Thursday, May 7th, 2020

HOUSTON, TEXAS, (AP):- More people will die of the coronavirus in U.S. immigration custody unless the Trump administration rapidly improves conditions and releases more detainees, lawyers and advocates warned Thursday, following the first confirmed virus-related death of a detainee. A complaint..

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Working in fear, immigrants keep US poultry plants running Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

SALISBURY (UNITED STATES):- Tina says a little prayer every time she heads to work at a Delaware poultry plant, a plea that this will not be the day that the invisible killer picking off her colleagues comes for her. With the coronavirus shutting down meat plants and threatening the country's food..

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Virus fear turns deportees into pariahs at home in Guatemala Monday, May 4th, 2020

By SONIA PÉREZ D., GUATEMALA CITY (AP):— Migrants returning from the United States were once considered heroes in Guatemala, where the money they send back to their hometowns is a mainstay of the economy. But since the coronavirus pandemic hit, migrants in town after town have been mistreated,..

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Nepal Government fears corruption in charter flights organised to repatriate stranded migrant workers from Gulf countries Friday, June 5th, 2020

By Jyoti Dhakal, KATHMANDU:- Less than a month after the COVID-19 testing kits and health equipment imported from China were found to be of poor quality and corruption..