Latest Asylum seekers News

Court decision deals blow to Boston police gang database

Jan. 12, 2022 16:57 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to the Boston Police Department’s controversial gang database. A panel of judges for the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Monday in favor of Cristian Joshue Diaz Ortiz, a Salvadoran national who maintains...

Families separated at border now fear extortion attempts

Jan. 11, 2022 00:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the 30-year-old Honduran woman, the worst seemed to be over. She’s been reunited with her son who, as a 6-year-old, was separated from her under the Trump administration. She’s working construction in North Carolina. And attorneys were negotiating a payment for families...

Medical relief teams leave Poland without reaching migrants

Jan. 06, 2022 12:34 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — International humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that its teams assigned to Poland's border with Belarus have left the country after repeatedly being denied access to the migrants and refugees they went to help. Doctors Without Borders,...

Record number of migrant boats crossed Channel in 2021

Jan. 04, 2022 09:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — At least 28,300 people packed into small boats crossed the Channel from France to England’s south coast in 2021, an annual record that was three times the number of crossings a year earlier. The leap in numbers, reported Tuesday by the Press Association news agency...

Mexico saw refugee, asylum claims almost double in 2021

Jan. 03, 2022 17:39 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of people applying for refugee or asylum status in Mexico almost doubled between 2019 and 2021, reaching a historic high of over 130,000, authorities said Monday. While there was a dip in 2020, that was largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

US has reunited 100 children taken from parents under Trump

Dec. 23, 2021 15:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Biden administration effort to reunite children and parents who were separated under President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance border policy has made increasing progress as it nears the end of its first year. The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday...

Danish parliament ousts convicted ex-immigration minister

Dec. 22, 2021 03:36 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish parliament has voted to oust a former immigration minister who earlier this month was convicted by a rarely used impeachment court in Denmark, saying Inger Stoejberg is not worthy of serving as a member of Denmark's 179-seat legislative assembly. ...

US pulls out of settlement talks in family separation suits

Dec. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government withdrew Thursday from settlement negotiations to end lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who were forcibly separated under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance border policy. Justice Department officials informed lawyers for...

Court won't allow reversal of Trump remain-in-Mexico policy

Dec. 14, 2021 16:01 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has dealt another blow to the Biden administration's attempt to undo former President Donald Trump's policy requiring people seeking asylum in the United States to remain in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed. In a Monday night...

'A safe place.' For LGBT asylum seekers, a new shot at life

Dec. 13, 2021 09:43 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The church volunteers assembled furniture and hung decorations in the newly renovated apartment building. They laid out nearly every necessity, down to the bath towels, bed linens, cooking supplies and televisions. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the first...