Latest Asylum seekers News

Asylum seekers waiting in Mexico seek to stay in US

Mar. 19, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several asylum seekers who are being forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration court told a judge Tuesday that they are afraid to return to Mexico as they await their next hearing — a development that introduces a new wrinkle to a major U.S. policy...

Trump answers rebuke of border order with a veto

Mar. 16, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another...

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

Mar. 15, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another...

Asylum seeker abandons US plans in face of new policy

Mar. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Juan Carlos Perla says he spent his first night in the U.S. in a cold immigration cell with 21 others at the nation's busiest border crossing. Fluorescent lights were always on in the basement holding area. Space was so tight that he laid his sleeping mat next to a toilet. The...

US expands program making asylum seekers wait in Mexico

Mar. 12, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday it has expanded a program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases proceed through immigration court. Officials also reported that 240 migrants seeking asylum have been returned to Mexico under the program. Homeland Security officials...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Mar. 8, 2019 4:51 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: "US asylum officer to me: elective Lasik surgery is offered to all...

Border agency watchdog looking into caravan database

Mar. 7, 2019 6:48 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. government kept a database on journalists, activists, organizers and "instigators" during an investigation into last year's migrant caravan, infuriating civil liberties and media groups who called it a blatant violation of free speech rights. U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

Mexican journalist seeking US asylum again ordered deported

Mar. 7, 2019 5:44 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Mexican journalist has again been ordered deported from the United States despite his fear that his past stories about corruption make him a target in one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters. The attorney for Emilio Gutierrez Soto and his son, Oscar, said Thursday that he...

Appeals court determines asylum seeker has right to hearing

Mar. 7, 2019 4:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in California determined Thursday that a Sri Lankan man who is a member of the Tamil ethnic minority has the right to go before a judge after failing an initial asylum screening. The decision could have major implications for those seeking asylum, and could further...

Guidelines ask agents to target Spanish speakers at border

Mar. 7, 2019 10:23 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Border agents have been told to explicitly target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration program requiring asylum seekers wait in Mexico, according to memos obtained by The Associated Press that reveal some inner workings of a top government...