Immigration


Morocco foils illegal immigration attempt, arrests 25 Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

RABAT: Morocco has foiled an illegal immigration attempt in the northeastern city of Nador and arrested 25 Sub-Saharan African migrants, the Moroccan police said Tuesday in a statement. During this operation in late Monday, a person suspected of organizing illegal immigration wanted by police was..

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Challenge to immigration law is tossed on eve of enactment Friday, December 13th, 2019

By MICHAEL HILL, ALBANY, N.Y. (AP): A law that will allow New Yorkers to get driver’s licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally weathered a second court challenge Friday, days before its enactment. A federal district judge ruled against Rensselaer County Clerk Frank..

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Doctors end protest to demand flu vaccines for migrants Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

By JULIE WATSON, San Diego (AP): A group of doctors on Wednesday ended a three-day protest against the U.S. government’s refusal to allow the flu vaccine be administered to migrants, following the arrests of six demonstrators outside a detention facility in San Diego. Dr. Bonnie Arzuaga said..

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Chinese migrants found hiding in appliances at US crossing Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP): Eleven Chinese migrants were discovered hiding in furniture and appliances inside a truck stopped by agents as it entered the U.S. from Mexico at a Southern California border crossing, federal officials said. At least one person was crammed inside a washing machine and another was..

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Asylum-seekers who crossed in Arizona returned to Juarez Friday, December 6th, 2019

ASTRID GALVAN, PHOENIX (AP): The U.S. government said Friday it had sent nine Venezuelans — including two families — back to Mexico after they tried to make an asylum claim by driving up to a customs officer instead of lingering south of the border on a list waiting to be called up under a..

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US persuades judge to stop pro-Trump border wall group Thursday, December 5th, 2019

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, HOUSTON (AP): The U.S. government persuaded a federal judge to prevent a private fundraising group from building its own wall next to the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico, despite the group’s longstanding claim that it is supporting President Donald Trump. U.S...

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Italian coast guard divers recover 7 bodies of migrants Saturday, November 30th, 2019

ROME (AP): Italian coast guard divers on Saturday recovered the bodies of seven people in the sea off a tiny island where a boat crowded with migrants capsized a week earlier. The recovery, at a depth of 47 meters (155 feet), near Lampedusa raised to 12 the number of bodies found from the..

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Tougher US asylum policy follows in Europe’s footsteps Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, TIJUANA, Mexico (AP): Nkeze wasn’t home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the country’s largest city,..

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1st Honduran returned to Guatemala under US asylum accord Thursday, November 21st, 2019

By SONIA PEREZ D., GUATEMALA CITY (AP): The United States has begun carrying out a landmark policy shift on asylum that’s a top priority of President Donald Trump, returning a Honduran immigrant to Guatemala to pursue his asylum case. Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the..

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Arizona border activist acquitted of harboring immigrants Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

By ASTRID GALVAN, TUCSON, Ariz. (AP): An activist was quickly acquitted Wednesday on charges he illegally harbored two Central American immigrants at a southern Arizona camp operated by a humanitarian group. The verdict by a jury in U.S. District Court came after jurors deliberated for about two..

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Migrants thrust by US officials into the arms of the cartels Saturday, November 16th, 2019

By MARIA VERZA, NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP): The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep..

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Immigration hawk promoted to U.S. homeland security acting deputy Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (Reuters): The Trump administration named immigration hawk Ken Cuccinelli to the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, the same day it installed an acting secretary who became the agency’s fifth leader in three years. Chad Wolf told department staff in..

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Border wall opponents in court trying to stop construction Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, SAN DIEGO (AP): A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on a bid to halt military funding for construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall as the pace of construction raises questions about whether time is running out for the administration’s critics. The..

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