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Official: Guatemala hasn't agreed to be safe third country

Jun. 18, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Cabinet official says Guatemala has not agreed to become a so-called "safe third country" for migrants seeking asylum as suggested by U.S. President Donald Trump, but it is taking steps to tackle migrant smuggling. Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart said Tuesday that...

Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border

Jun. 16, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants....

US submits extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jun. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and...

Border state challenges quick-release asylum practices

Jun. 10, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and its largest city sued the Trump administration Monday in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit from a state seeking to stem the quick release of asylum seeking migrants into local communities and claim reimbursement for humanitarian efforts to shelter migrants temporarily....

Mexico denies Trump's claim of secret concessions in deal

Jun. 10, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, the two countries appear unable to agree on exactly what's in it. Stung by criticism that the agreement mostly ramps up border protection efforts already...

Central American migrants say deal doesn't dash asylum hopes

Jun. 9, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — At the small migrant Juventud 2000 shelter near the border, a Honduran expressed disappointment Sunday over the agreement between Mexico and the United States to more aggressively to curtail migration from Central America. But Edwin Sabillon Orellana of Honduras said he and his...

Mexico-US tariff deal: Questions, concerns for migration

Jun. 9, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Washington and Mexico City both took victory laps Saturday over a deal that headed off threatened tariffs on Mexican imports, it remained to be seen how effective it may be and migration experts raised concerns over what it could mean for people fleeing poverty and violence in Central...

US-Mexico deal offers few new solutions, political victory

Jun. 9, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes few new solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America's southern border. But it delivers enough for Trump to claim a political win. The decision — announced by...

Trump says tariffs on Mexico suspended indefinitely

Jun. 8, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced late Friday that he had suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country "has agreed to take strong measures" to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short...

Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

Jun. 8, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that he had suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country "has agreed to take strong measures" to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short of some of...