Latest Asylum seekers News

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

Aug. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end an agreement limiting how long migrant children can be kept in detention, the president's latest effort to curb immigration at the Mexican border. A court fight is almost certain to follow, challenging the attempt to hold migrant families until...

Mexico is busing asylum-seeking migrants to southern border

Aug. 16, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Friday it is busing migrants who have applied for asylum in the United States to the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. About 30,000 migrants have been sent back to northern Mexican border cities to await U.S. asylum hearings under a policy known as "Remain in...

Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border

Aug. 16, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump administration. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Attorney: Officials force-feeding immigrant on hunger strike

Aug. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The text was alarming: "today medical start force feeding only with me. They put the pipe in my nose 3 time. My nose is bleeding and pain." Attorney Linda Corchado had feared this might happen when she heard her clients on hunger strike inside an immigrant detention center had been...

Attorney: Officials force-feeding immigrant on hunger strike

Aug. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An attorney for an Indian man seeking asylum in the U.S. says he has been force-fed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Texas as they approach their third week of a hunger strike. Linda Corchado, the lawyer for three of the men, says they are trying to appeal or...

Biographer: Statue poem embraces migrants from 'all places'

Aug. 14, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A biographer of poet Emma Lazarus...

President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US

Aug. 13, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said Tuesday that Guatemala will not be able to hold up its side of an immigration agreement with the United States by serving as a "safe third country" for asylum seekers. Giammattei told The Associated Press his country cannot tend to its own...

In Mexico, thousands more names added to border wait lists

Aug. 9, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Cameroonian men who share 10 mattresses on the floor of a third-floor apartment above a barber shop walk every morning to the busiest U.S. border crossing with Mexico, hoping against all odds that it will be their lucky day to claim asylum in the United States. Their unlikely bet...

Lawyer: Iraqi refugees removing tethers to avoid deportation

Aug. 7, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Some Iraqi refugees in Michigan are removing GPS tethers to evade immigration officials and deportation before their court cases are heard, according to an attorney representing nearly two dozen refugees. Detroit-based lawyer Shanta Driver told The Detroit News that at least seven Iraqi...

Thai dissident musicians celebrate getting French haven

Aug. 6, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Members of a Thai folk music group who feared for their lives because of their fiercely antiestablishment songs are celebrating this week after being admitted to France to seek refugee status. The band Faiyen fled to Thailand's neighbor, Laos, after a military government took power in...