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Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor

Jul. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico's governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square on Wednesday. They waved Puerto Rican flags and followed him to a drumbeat,...

Fed-up Puerto Ricans march demanding governor resign

Jul. 17, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Accompanied by some of Puerto Rico's most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governor's residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and...

US detains immigrant after he spends year in Seattle church

Jul. 17, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — An immigrant who has spent the past year inside a Seattle church to avoid being deported to Mexico was detained Wednesday after presenting himself to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The arrest prompted protests from a crowd of supporters who had accompanied Jose...

Mexico cuts budget for all, from athletes to archaeologists

Jul. 17, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Olympic Committee said Wednesday it will no longer be able to offer food, lodging and medical services at its main sports training complex, the latest casualty in a round of deep budget cuts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Seldom has a leftist been so obsessively...

Lawyer to be Mexico's first body builder at Pan Am Games

Jul. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The sun hasn't even risen and the clang of metal is reverberating through a gym near Mexico City. On a frantic mission to sculpt his body, Carlos Suárez powers through another day of his heavy weight routine. There is not much time left before Suárez will be the first Mexican...

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

Jul. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors,...

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Make South America Great Again

Jul. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Argentina (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro urged his South American colleagues Wednesday to borrow a slogan from Donald Trump and focus on making their own nations great rather than emphasizing regional brotherhood. "We don't want a 'Great homeland,'" the far-right Bolsonaro said at a...

Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers

Jul. 17, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody said Wednesday he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference, Manuel Duran discussed what he...