Latest Asylum seekers News

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, a Border Patrol agent walks along a border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, in San Diego. U.S. authorities wield extraordinary power available in public health emergencies, like the coronavirus pandemic, to expel Mexicans and many Central Americans immediately to Mexico and waive immigration laws that include rights to seek asylum. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Border authorities use pandemic powers to expel immigrants

Jul. 10, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Honduran woman was nine months' pregnant and exhausted with stomach pain when the Border Patrol found her in the Southern California mountains with her longtime partner and their 9-year-old son. What happened next illustrates how difficult it has become to seek asylum in the United...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer gives instructions to migrants who are on their way to apply for asylum in the United States, on International Bridge 1 as they depart Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The Trump administration on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, proposed empowering border authorities to deny asylum to people from countries with widespread, deadly communicable disease, its latest in a string of regulations before the November elections to dramatically raise the bar on who qualifies for humanitarian protections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

US rule targets disease-stricken countries to deny asylum

Jul. 8, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed empowering border authorities to deny asylum to people from countries with widespread communicable disease, its latest in a string of regulations before the November elections to dramatically raise the bar on who qualifies for humanitarian...

Appeals court deals 2nd blow to Trump asylum policy

Jul. 6, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a key U.S. policy to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country without first seeking protection there, dealing it a second blow in less than a week. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has no immediate impact because a...

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 —...