Migrant escaping Libya torture: We will go to Europe or die Friday, September 13th, 2019

By RENATA BRITO, ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — It was Mouctar Diallo’s fifth attempt to reach Europe by sea. His previous four tries had been foiled by gangs on speedboats who returned him to Libya where he was detained and beaten. This time, the 28-year-old from Guinea and 49 other..

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Congress Holds Hearing on End of Immigrant Medical Relief Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AP): Federal immigration officials are being questioned by House lawmakers over the Trump administration's decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships. Officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration..

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Judge reinstates nationwide halt on Trump asylum policy plan Monday, September 9th, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP): A U.S. judge in California on Monday reinstated a nationwide halt on the Trump administration’s plan to prevent most migrants from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in Oakland that an injunction blocking the administration’s..

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Trump administration officials discuss slashing refugee cap Friday, September 6th, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG and JONATHAN LEMIRE, WASHINGTON (AP): Trump administration officials will meet next week to discuss whether to further restrict the number of refugees accepted into the U.S. each year, according to a senior administration official. Some administration officials believe that the cap..

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Mexico prepares for migration meeting as U.S. deal expires Thursday, September 5th, 2019

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters): Mexico is preparing to set out the steps it has taken to curb illegal immigration under a deal struck with U.S. President Donald Trump in June to cut the number of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border. Under the accord which the Mexican..

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Hundreds of migrants are getting mumps at US detention centers Friday, August 30th, 2019

Mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September, according to the first US government report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system. The virus sickened 898 adult migrants and 33 detention center staffers, the Centers for Disease Control and..

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US, Mexico widen asylum crackdown to push back all migrants Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

By MARÍA VERZA and NOMAAN MERCHANT, NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP): A Trump administration program forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico has evolved into a sweeping rejection of all forms of migrants, with both countries quietly working to keep people out of the U.S. despite threats to the..

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UN says 40 migrants feared drowned in capsizing off Libya Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

By SAMY MAGDY, CAIRO (AP): A boat carrying dozens of migrants bound for Europe capsized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, with at least 40 people missing and presumed drowned, U.N. officials said, as a support group reported it had gotten a call from someone on the vessel “crying and..

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Lawsuit filed over rollback of child immigrant protections Monday, August 26th, 2019

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP): Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued on Monday over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. “We wish to protect children from irreparable harm,”..

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Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Ocean Viking (AFP): Six EU countries Friday agreed to take in 356 migrants stranded on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean after a two-week standoff again exposed the failure of European leaders to quickly deal with desperate people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa. The Norwegian-flagged..

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Jewish groups speaking out against Trump immigration policy Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

By SOPHIA TAREEN, CHICAGO (AP): From fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island to a sit-in that blockaded an Amazon store in New York, a fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration’s..

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Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG and AMY TAXIN, WASHINGTON (AP): The Trump administration is moving to end a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. A court fight will almost certainly follow over the government’s desire to hold migrant families until their cases are..

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Rescued migrants disembark as Italy justice probes Salvini Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

ROME, (AFP): Eighty-three migrants rescued at sea by the Open Arms disembarked early Wednesday from the charity rescue vessel in Italy's Lampedusa island, television images showed, after Italian justice ordered they be brought ashore. The boat had spent six days anchored off Lampedusa before a..

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China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer Sunday, August 18th, 2019

BEIJING (AP): China is lashing out at Taiwan over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. Spokesman for the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office Ma Xiaoguang said Monday the offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants” and..

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Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants Saturday, August 17th, 2019

By SOPHIA TAREEN, CHICAGO (AP): Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that..

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Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border Friday, August 16th, 2019

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, HOUSTON (AP): A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump administration. The ruling from the 9th..

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The ECB’s Beggar-thy-Trump Strategy Monday, September 16th, 2019

On September 12, the European Central Bank decided to launch yet another asset-purchase program, with plans to buy €20 billion ($22 billion) in new securities per..

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