Latest Asylum seekers News

Border Patrol agents wait to reporters an immigration holding facility, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. The complex of modular buildings can house and process 1,040 and will replace tents hastily erected for processing last spring.  (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Migrant detention center to open after conditions stir anger

Feb. 25, 2020 4:49 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A year after asylum-seekers and other migrants overwhelmed U.S. immigration authorities at the southern border, the Border Patrol is opening a processing facility in Texas that officials say could help it better care for detainees following outcry last year over young children and...

In this Feb. 7, 2020 photo, a Honduran delivery driver stands for a portrait in Guatemala City, where U.S authorities sent him to apply for Guatemalan asylum rather than allowing him to apply in the U.S. Fearing for his life, the 25-year-old had fled to the United States-Mexico border and requested asylum. After nine days in custody, he was put on a plane in McAllen, Texas, and sent to Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

'Deportation with a layover:' US sends migrants to Guatemala

Feb. 24, 2020 10:49 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — After he was involved in a fender bender with a gang member, the Honduran delivery driver was in trouble: The accident wasn't his fault, but he couldn't pay the damages, and the other driver threatened to kill him. Fearing for his life, the thin, curly-haired 25-year-old fled to the...

Finland says to take in max 175 Mediterranean asylum-seekers

Feb. 22, 2020 8:21 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish government says it has agreed to take in up to 175 asylum-seekers from camps in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta "to alleviate the humanitarian situation" experienced by refugees in the Mediterranean members of the European Union. The Finnish interior ministry said Saturday in a...

Defense lawyers say they will seek French asylum for Assange

Feb. 20, 2020 2:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Julian Assange's European defense team said Thursday it will try to seek asylum in France for the Wikileaks founder, whose full hearings for extradition to the United States on spying charges start next week in London. French team member Eric Dupont-Moretti said Assange's case placed at stake...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, prior to their meeting in Istanbul. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Ship captain arrested in probe of arms trafficking to Libya

Feb. 19, 2020 8:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Authorities in northern Italy arrested the captain of a Lebanese-flagged cargo ship on suspicion of international arms trafficking Wednesday while they investigate if the vessel transported tanks, rockets and other weapons from Turkey to Libya. The captain is under investigation for allegedly...

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo provided by attorney Jodi Goodwin, a Venezuelan teenager named Branyerly stands on an international bridge connecting Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, before she requested parole from U.S. border officers. Branyerly was forced back to Mexico by U.S. government authorities who denied her claims that she was fleeing political repression and violence, even after they accepted the same claims from her father. The teenager is living alone in Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownsville. (Jodi Goodwin via AP)

US border clampdown forces Venezuelan teen into Mexico alone

Feb. 18, 2020 6:11 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Venezuelan teenager has been forced back to Mexico by U.S. government authorities who denied her claims that she was fleeing political repression and violence, even after they accepted the same claims from her father. The teenager, who is being identified by only her first name, Branyerly,...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2020 file photo, migrants line up behind an Honduran flag at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. The European Union said on Thursday, Feb. 13, that it's donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society. The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular has skyrocketed. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

EU, others work on refugee job development in Latin America

Feb. 13, 2020 6:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The European Union says it is donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society. The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular...

FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Cuban migrants are escorted in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, by Mexican immigration officials as they cross the Paso del Norte International bridge to be processed as asylum seekers on the U.S. side of the border. Newly unsealed court documents show that many U.S. holding cells along the Mexican border were less than half-full, or even empty, during an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking Central American families. The documents cast doubt on the Trump administration's claims that people had to wait in Mexico because there weren't enough resources to accommodate them. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File)

Holding-cell stats raise questions about Trump asylum policy

Feb. 13, 2020 4:49 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Many U.S. holding cells along the Mexican border were less than half-full, even empty, during an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking families from Central America, newly unsealed court documents show, raising questions about the Trump administration's claims that it had to make people...

FILE - In this Feb.11, 2020 file photo, a group of migrants disembark from a vessel after being rescued by Spanish maritime authorities at Motril port in Granada, Spain. The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday Feb. 13, 2020 upheld an appeal and backed Spain's express deportation of two African migrants back to Morocco from a Spanish enclave in northwest Africa as part of a mass expulsion ruling that there had been no violation of articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. (AP Photo/Jesus Merida, File)

European court backs Spain on express migrant deportations

Feb. 13, 2020 12:04 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday backed Spain’s express deportation of two African migrants back to Morocco from a Spanish enclave in northwest Africa as part of a mass expulsion. The court’s grand chamber ruled that there had been no violation of two articles of...

Cuban asylum seeker remains detained by ICE without parole

Feb. 9, 2020 1:02 AM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Cuban Ariel Guzman waited four months in a Mexican border town for his turn to seek asylum in the U.S., legally. Immigration agents placed Guzman — whose anti-communist views made him a target of the Cuban government — in handcuffs and chains and bused him to federal...