Tear gas fired as dozens of migrants try illegal crossing to US Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

TIJUANA, Mexico, (AFP) - US Border Patrol agents used tear gas and pepper spray to counter rock-throwing migrants when a group of about 150 tried to illegally cross the border from Mexico, leading to 25 arrests, the agency said on Tuesday. It is the second time since November that border officers..

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House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, WASHINGTON, (AP) - A week and a half into a partial government shutdown, House Democrats released their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump's border wall. At the same time, the president struggled to find leverage to break..

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Immigration Officials Say They Had No Contact With Suspect Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities say they had no contact with a Mexican national suspected of killing a California police officer until the man was arrested last week. The killing rekindled a national debate over sanctuary policies and prompted President Trump to call for..

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FACT CHECK: Trump twists facts of child migrant deaths Monday, December 31st, 2018

By CALVIN WOODWARD, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, in his first public words about two migrant children who died in Border Patrol custody, misrepresented the circumstances of their deaths as he sought to deflect any responsibility from U.S. authorities. All the facts are not..

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Police killing suspect was fleeing to Mexico, sheriff says Sunday, December 30th, 2018

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JOCELYN GECKER, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down a California policeman was in the U.S. illegally and was captured while planning to flee to his native Mexico, a sheriff announced as he all but blamed the state’s sanctuary law for the officer’s..

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Mexican president reacts to Trump with caution Saturday, December 29th, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has reacted cautiously to a threat by President Donald Trump to close the border. Trump tweeted Friday: “We build a Wall or ... close the Southern..

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Medical checks ordered after 2nd detained child migrant dies Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month. The death came during an ongoing dispute..

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White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall Monday, December 24th, 2018

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, WASHINGTON, (AP) - Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. In fact, a..

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump request to enforce asylum ban Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request from the Trump administration to begin enforcing a ban on asylum for immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The narrow 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with his four more liberal colleagues, left in..

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20 migrants missing in boat fire off Algerian coast Friday, December 21st, 2018

ALGIERS, (AFP) - Twenty migrants were missing Friday a day after the boat they were travelling in caught fire off the Algerian coast, official media said. The APS national news agency, quoting an unnamed security source, said the migrants were among 29 people aboard the ill-fated boat. A..

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Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum Thursday, December 20th, 2018

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance..

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‘Zero-tolerance’ immigration policy hits snag in California Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, SAN DIEGO (AP) — One by one, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo called the names of 14 defendants who were charged with entering the country illegally. Defense attorneys told him the government had already deported them to Mexico, making it impossible for them to appear. In a..

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Immigration Arrests up in Salt Lake City US Agency’s Zone Monday, December 17th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Arrests of people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally have increased 24 percent in a four-state region since President Donald Trump entered office, mirroring a national trend. Numbers released last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show increasing..

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Looking out for West Africa’s migrant children

COTONOU, (AFP) - Jacques wanted to start working when he was 10. His father refused so he left his home in Tema, Ghana, to live in nearby Benin, like many young children in search of a better life. "I got on a bus to Cotonou sticking to a lady as if I were her son," says the relaxed young man, as..

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US Immigrant Detentions, Accusations of Rights Violations Rise Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Brian Padden, WASHINGTON, (VoA): A growing number of immigrants in the United States are being incarcerated in detention centers for increasingly extended periods of time, and without being afforded the legal protections given to criminals, according to a recent report issued by the American..

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Seven-year-old Guatemalan girl dies in US custody: report Friday, December 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in American custody after being detained by US border police in the state of New Mexico, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The girl -- who illegally crossed the border from Mexico along with her father and dozens of others -- died..

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A Coming Shift In US Security Policy In The South China Sea? – Analysis Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The new movie “Vice” purports to tell the story of former US Vice President Dick Cheney’s rise to power and the damage he did to the U.S., other countries, and US..