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In this image taken from video, former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong Simon Cheng speaks during an interview Thursday, July 3, 2020, in London. Cheng said Thursday he believed his is the first such successful U.K. asylum case from Hong Kong. He told The Associated Press that he wanted other democracy activists from the semi-autonomous Chinese city to be encouraged by his successful asylum application and seek protection in the U.K. as Beijing clamps down on the city's protest movement. (AP Photo)

UK grants asylum to ex-staffer at its Hong Kong consulate

Jul. 3, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been granted political asylum in what he believes is the first successful U.K. asylum case from the former British colony. Simon Cheng, who alleges that he was detained and tortured in China last year, told The Associated Press that...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 file photo asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, listen to names being called from a waiting list to claim asylum at a border crossing in San Diego. A federal judge on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 knocked down a cornerstone border policy of the Trump administration that denies asylum to people who travel through another country to reach the Mexican border without first seeking protection in that country. Judge Timothy Kelly says authorities violated federal rule-making procedures by not seeking public feedback before putting the policy into effect in July 2019.(AP Photo/Elliot Spagat,File)

Judge deals setback to key Trump policy limiting asylum

Jul. 1, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has knocked down a cornerstone border policy of the Trump administration that denies asylum to people who travel through other countries to reach the U.S.-Mexico border without first seeking protection in those countries. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Justices boost Trump administration's power in asylum cases

Jun. 25, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday strengthened the Trump administration's ability to deport people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. Immigration experts suggested the administration would use sweeping language in the majority opinion to bolster...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is extending a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of 202 and adding many temporary work visas to the freeze, including those used heavily by technology companies and multinational corporations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump administration extends visa ban to non-immigrants

Jun. 22, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday extended a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of the year and added many temporary work visas to the freeze, including those used heavily by technology companies and multinational corporations. The administration cast the...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Honduran asylum seekers are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. The Trump administration on Monday, June 15, 2020, published sweeping rules making it substantially more difficult to get asylum, moving a step closer to what critics are calling a death blow to the system of seeking humanitarian protection in the United States. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Sweeping asylum rules near as public feedback is sought

Jun. 15, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday published sweeping rules making it substantially more difficult to get asylum, moving a step closer to what critics are calling a death blow to the system of seeking humanitarian protection in the United States. The administration has already remade much...

Colombia captures Venezuelan soldier accused of spying

Jun. 11, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities said Thursday they’ve captured a Venezuelan soldier who claimed to seek refuge in the neighboring Andean nation but was actually still working for his old boss and spying on the military. Gerardo Rojas was captured at a roadside checkpoint in...

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with African-American supporters in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump administration proposes sweeping asylum restrictions

Jun. 10, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed sweeping restrictions on asylum, seeking to align a legal framework with the president's efforts to limit immigration to the United States. The moves are only the latest in a series of measures that Trump has taken to limit asylum —...

Cyprus to launch SMS campaign to stem migrant arrivals

May. 31, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is launching a multilingual SMS campaign to head off more migrant arrivals by dispelling the mistaken belief the European Union member country is a gateway to the continent, the Cypriot interior minister said Sunday Nicos Nouris told the Associated Press the text-message blitz...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 file photo a Hungarian police officer patrols the enlarged transit zone set up for migrants at the Hungary's southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary. Hungary's government says it is shutting down the transit zones on its southern border with Serbia where asylum-seekers are being kept while their asylum requests are decided. (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP, file)

Hungary closing border transit zones for asylum-seekers

May. 21, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s government said Thursday that it is shutting down the transit zones on its southern border with Serbia where asylum-seekers have been held while their asylum requests are decided. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said that, as a result, some 280...

The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...