Latest Asylum seekers News

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Maine making it easier for asylum seekers to quality for aid

Jul. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor expanded aid Thursday for hundreds of asylum seekers who have arrived in the state's biggest city this summer, and said she's asked the federal government for swift funding to help the state address the influx. Gov. Janet Mills said her administration's...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

Jul. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors,...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates sue over new asylum rule

Jul. 17, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's effort to end asylum protections for many migrants (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Immigrant advocates are suing the Trump administration over its move to end asylum protections for most migrants who cross the southern U.S. border. The American Civil...

Diocese of Tucson to hold discussion on migrant housing

Jul. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson's Catholic leadership is planning to meet with local government officials about where the city can temporarily house migrants seeking asylum. Catholic Community Services, an organization under the Diocese of Tucson, has asked city and county leaders to discuss the matter...

AP Explains: Questions and answers on new US asylum ban

Jul. 16, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major immigration policy shift took effect Tuesday to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country. The dramatic move will likely have the biggest impact on Guatemalans and Hondurans, who must pass through Mexico to reach the U.S. by...

Trump's new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Jul. 16, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections for people fleeing violence and oppression in their...

African man escaped a massacre, but death followed

Jul. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling journey starting in South America and extending...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...