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U.S. starts sending families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they’re not from there

U.S. officials have started to send families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they are not from the Central American country and had sought protection in the United States, the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Tougher U.S. asylum policy follows in Europe’s footsteps

As claims soar, America joins wealthy countries in Europe and elsewhere to make asylum harder to obtain.


U.S. takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Mexicans seeking asylum becoming more prominent at U.S. border

As the Trump administration has all but stopped allowing Central American families to seek asylum in the U.S., Mexican parents and children are arriving in increasing numbers at the southern …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

U.S., El Salvador to sign asylum deal

The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America’s most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

The U.S. Supreme Court’s clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum claims from Central Americans was denounced by immigration advocates as a “death sentence” …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States


Shelter data pinpoints U.S. destinations of asylum seekers

A detailed snapshot of the recent surge of asylum-seeking families crossing into the U.S. from Mexico gives a sense of how they were treated after entering and where they settled.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched …


Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in …


U.S. should revamp asylum process

Immigration law needs an overhaul – it’s been 30 years since the last comprehensive immigration reform. Here’s a proposal.


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Judge won’t block U.S. asylum restrictions at southern border

A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

A dramatic change to U.S. asylum policy may put additional strain on overcrowded detention facilities.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Trump’s new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Sue Lani Madsen: If illegal immigration is in crisis, legal immigration is chronically ill

Comprehensive immigration reform needs to remove the barriers to the legal route. They are an incentive to play games with the refugee and asylum process.


Judge blocks Trump policy keeping asylum-seekers locked up

A federal judge in Seattle has blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum-seekers locked up while they pursue their cases


House Democrats unveil $4.5B border measure

House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government’s responsibility to care for tens of thousands of …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Burgeoning numbers of Cubans trying to enter U.S. via Mexico

Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months …


Government to house more immigrants in tents at the border

About 50 asylum seekers stood this week in a circle near a bridge between the U.S. and Mexico to hear an American attorney explain what would happen to them when …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019

Trump says asylum seekers should have to pay a fee to apply

President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Court won’t immediately stop wait-in-Mexico asylum policy

A federal appeals court put a judge’s order on hold Friday shortly before it would have stopped the Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their …


Official: Asylum seekers to wait in Mexico starting Friday

The Trump administration on Friday will start forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts, an official said, launching what could become one …


Border wall GoFundMe to refund $20 million – unless donors want to give to it again

GoFundMe said Friday that it would be returning more than $20 million in donations meant to help finance the “Trump Wall” between the United States and Mexico after the effort …


Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019

Records reveal Russian asylum-seeker who died in Tacoma claimed to be a shaman fleeing prison torture

Records obtained through the Freedom of Immigration Act reveal new details about a man who died after trying to hang himself in the Northwest Detention Center. A source of mystery …


Samuel Smith: Generosity, not fear, made America a beacon of hope

Love and generosity, not fear, made the United States a beacon of hope to the world


Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum.


Judge declines to dismiss challenge to U.S. asylum delays

A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

U.S. judge stalls enforcement of Trump asylum restrictions

A judge has ordered the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration’s efforts …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

Trump move to limit asylum is challenged in court

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. …