Latest Asylum seekers News

Illegal border crossings rise for sixth straight month

Nov. 19, 2020 5:48 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight monthly increase and the highest level since July 2019. Mark Morgan, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said deteriorating economic...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum walk at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center, in Dilley, Texas. A federal judge on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border

Nov. 18, 2020 1:43 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a...

Mexico to stop holding child migrants in detention centers

Nov. 12, 2020 12:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United Nations and other organizations are applauding changes to Mexico’s immigration law that would prohibit holding migrant children in immigration detention centers. International and domestic groups have pressured Mexico for years to stop holding children in detention...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

House Dems ask Trump admin to halt COVID border expulsions

Nov. 2, 2020 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of Democratic lawmakers called on the Trump administration Monday to stop the expulsion of unaccompanied children and other asylum seekers at the U.S. border using emergency powers granted during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter to acting Department of Homeland Security...

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, Buena Ventura Martin Godinez, from Guatemala, sits with her son Pedro during an interview in Homestead, Florida. Godinez, who worked as a nurse in Guatemala, said she and her husband decided to leave San Juan Atitan because masked men were demanding extortion payments from her husband's small business selling Internet access. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Godínez has a long wait before knowing if she will get asylum, with her next date at the immigration court set for 2022. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

After surge and outcry, limbo for Central Americans

Nov. 1, 2020 10:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Manuel Marcelino Tzaj spends every Thursday looking at the ceiling of the small Brooklyn room he shares with his daughter. He says that if he leaves the building on that day, the electronic ankle monitor he has worn for more than two years will alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, migrants rest near a Mexican immigration center where people have set up a camp to sleep in Matamoros, Mexico, on the border with Brownsville, Texas. A published report says former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ordered officers to stop people from stepping on U.S. soil at official crossings with Mexico to claim asylum when she was U.S. Homeland Security secretary, undercutting her public statements at the time that they were welcome to do so. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel, File)

Report: US turning away asylum-seekers at border is flawed

Oct. 30, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security ordered border agents to stop asylum-seekers from stepping on U.S. soil at official crossings with Mexico in 2018, undercutting public statements at the time that they were welcome to do so, according to a government watchdog report published...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

Oct. 28, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. Six hours later, the 24-year-old Mexican construction worker was out of water, exhausted after climbing over the border wall and...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

Oct. 28, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

TECATE, Calif. (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. Six hours later, the 24-year-old Mexican construction worker was out of water, exhausted after climbing over the border...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump's White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller speaks during a television interview outside the White House in Washington. One of President Donald Trump's top immigration priorities in a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, Miller said Friday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Top Trump adviser wants more nations to field asylum claims

Oct. 24, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, a top adviser said....

File---File picture taken Sept.1, 2020 shows Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, center, taking part in a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Germany,   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

Hong Kong summons German consul in friction over asylum case

Oct. 22, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's consul general to Hong Kong was brought in for talks, following reports Berlin had granted asylum to a student who faced prosecution for demonstrating against the city's extradition law, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The ministry confirmed that Consul General Dieter Lamle had...