Latest Political refugees News

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...

The Latest: Greek refugee camp unable to house new arrivals

Sep. 20, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Malta has taken in 35 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by a humanitarian ship a day earlier. The Ocean Viking had assisted Maltese authorities and pulled the migrants from an overcrowded wooden boat on...

The Latest: US may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador

Sep. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an agreement between the U.S. and El Salvador to make it a haven for migrants seeking asylum. (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A copy of an agreement between the United States and El Salvador says the U.S. may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador but not until both countries...

Greek island refugee camp too crowded to house newcomers

Sep. 20, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A perpetually overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can't accommodate any more newly arrived asylum-seekers after the number of people already housed exceeded the camp's intended capacity by 400%, authorities said Friday. Migrants who made it to Lesbos were sleeping...

Canada's Trudeau comes under fire over brownface photo

Sep. 19, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — At a time when bigotry seems on the rise around the world and doors are being shut, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become known as a champion of diversity. Now, amid his bid for re-election, that reputation is under attack in a furor triggered by a photo of him in brownface at a...

Trump closes doors to immigrants, some US citizens open them

Sep. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As news of immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border filled headlines last summer, Vivien Tartter became distraught. So the 67-year-old psychology professor took action: She opened the doors of her Manhattan apartment to a Guatemalan family of three who had been...

Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

USC student helped Americans in Iraq. He might be sent back.

Sep. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zaid Alibadi risked his life to help the American troops serving in his native Iraq. The U.S. government recognized the danger he faced when it admitted his mother and brother to the country as refugees who faced reprisals because of Alibadi's association with the U.S. military. But...

Trump official says asylum changes will drive down backlog

Sep. 13, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and...

The Latest: US begins tough new policy on asylum seekers

Sep. 13, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. denial of asylum claims from Central Americans (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The Trump administration has begun enforcing radical new restrictions on who qualifies for asylum as tens of thousands of migrants wait on the Mexican border, seeking refuge. The new U.S. policy...