Immigration


Trump admin shifting to privatize migrant child detention Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

By GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA, SAN BENITO, Texas (AP): On a recent day in a remodeled brick church in the Rio Grande Valley, a caregiver tried to soothe a toddler, offering him a sippy cup. The adult knew next to nothing about the little 3-year-old whose few baby words appeared to be..

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Immigration judges file 2 complaints about labor practices Friday, September 27th, 2019

By AMY TAXIN and COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP): The nation’s immigration judges are alleging unfair labor practices after the Department of Justice included a blog post from a virulent anti-immigration website in a morning briefing and challenged the judges’ right to be represented by a labor..

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Indian asylum seeker released by US after hunger strike Thursday, September 26th, 2019

By CEDAR ATTANASIO, EL PASO, Texas (AP): An Indian immigrant who lost a third of his weight during a 70-day hunger strike over the rejection of his asylum claim won temporary release Thursday after a year in U.S. detention. Ajay Kumar, 33, bowed with his hands clasped together in a traditional..

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American asylum pact with Honduras seals ‘Northern Triangle’ Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG and ELLIOT SPAGAT, WASHINGTON (AP): 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 latest agreement, signed on the..

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Migrants arrive in Europe with big hopes, many questions

By RENATA BRITO, MESSINA, Sicily (AP): As the weary passengers aboard a rescue ship approached Sicily at the end of an agonizing journey from North Africa, 30-year-old Seke Awa called a friend back in Libya the moment she got cellphone reception. “I told her we are on the big boat and sent her..

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New Italy government lets rescued migrants disembark Saturday, September 14th, 2019

ROME, (AFP): Italy on Saturday agreed to allow rescue ship Ocean Viking to disembark 82 migrants on Lampedusa, in a reversal of the hardline policy under the country's ex-interior minister Matteo Salvini. Far-right leader Salvini was forced out of office last month after bringing the government..

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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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