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Somali asylum-seeker detained for over 2 years released

May. 20, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers representing an asylum-seeker from Somalia who's been detained for over 2 ½ years without a bond hearing say he's been released. Acting on behalf of Mahamed Ahmed-Cali, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sued the heads of the departments of Justice,...

Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Assange's computers

May. 20, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With Julian Assange locked away in a London jail, a new battle has broken out over what may contain some of the WikiLeaks founder's biggest secrets: his computers. On Monday, judicial authorities from Ecuador carried out an inventory of all the belongings and digital devices left...

Trump to launch new immigration overhaul push

May. 15, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan on Thursday as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's...

Burgeoning numbers of Cubans trying to enter US via Mexico

May. 13, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened...

AP Exclusive: Ex-Interpol chief's wife gets asylum in France

May. 13, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. The French government office that rules on asylum requests...

Key events in the Julian Assange legal saga

May. 13, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Swedish prosecutors say they are reopening a rape case against Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, a month after he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London A look at key events in the Assange saga: — August 2010: Swedish prosecutor issues arrest...

New Mexico communities grapple with migrant surge

May. 10, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Elected leaders in New Mexico's most populous county on Friday pledged $100,000 in behavioral health tax revenues to help asylum-seekers as officials in southern New Mexico sought more volunteers to help with the ongoing surge of migrants. More than 100 migrants were released by...

For thousands of asylum seekers, all they can do is wait

May. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — For thousands of asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait — and wait, and wait — at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children sleep in tents next to bridges leading to Texas for weeks on end, desperately hoping their names and numbers are called...

Mexico worries as US keeps making asylum seekers wait there

May. 9, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — People in overextended Mexican border cities are voicing concern over the continuation of a U.S. policy that makes Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States wait south of the border. A U.S. federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can make...

US will train dozens of border agents to screen for asylum

May. 8, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Immigration officials will train dozens of U.S. border patrol agents to start screening immigrants arriving on the southwest border for asylum amid a surge in the number of families seeking the protection, a government official said Wednesday. L. Francis Cissna, director of...