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Biden to Make Most Aggressive Move Yet on Immigration

Executive order to limit asylum rules is reportedly similar to one tried by former President Trump

(Newser) - President Biden, under increasing heat to stem the number of migrants crossing the border, is expected to unveil his most aggressive move yet Tuesday in the form of an executive order. The New York Times reports that the order would essentially seal the Mexican border when the number of migrants...

Good News for the Widow of Jamal Khashoggi

Hanan Elatr has been granted political asylum in the US

(Newser) - After Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in October 2018, his widow has since feared for her own safety. Now, good news from the United States for Hanan Elatr: She's been granted political asylum here, reports the BBC . According to documents seen by the UK broadcaster, Elatr was...

Chinese Defector: I'll Wait 'Months' in Airport If I Have to

Tiananmen Square critic Chen Siming says he feels safe in Taiwan, though he wants to go to US

(Newser) - A Chinese dissident known for his commemorations of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is currently holed up in a Taiwan airport, pleading for asylum from the United States, or Canada if the US won't take him. Chen Siming has been hunkered down since Friday at Taoyuan International Airport near...

Court Hands Biden Administration a Big Win on Border

Asylum restrictions can stay in place for now, court rules

(Newser) - An appeals court Thursday allowed a rule restricting asylum at the southern border to temporarily stay in place. The decision is a major win for the Biden administration, which had argued that the rule was integral to its efforts to maintain order along the US-Mexico border, the AP reports. The...

Immigration Clash Brings Down Dutch Government

Parties in Mark Rutte's coalition can't agree on steps to limit number of people seeking asylum

(Newser) - Mark Rutte, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister, announced his resignation, and that of his Cabinet members, on Friday. His ruling coalition was undone by its inability to reach agreement on how to limit the number of immigrants seeking asylum in the country, the New York Times reports. "It is...

There May Be a Border 'Crisis' as Pandemic-Era Rule Expires

Influx of asylum-seekers is expected at US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Media outlets are warning of an impending "border crisis" (and the president himself is predicting some "chaos" ) as Title 42, the pandemic-era border policy that allowed officials to quickly expel migrants to Mexico, comes to an end. The BBC reports that's happening at 11:59pm Eastern...

White House Mirrors Trump-Era Attempt to Limit Asylum

The measure is expected to take effect when pandemic-era Title 42 expires

(Newser) - The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will generally deny asylum to migrants who show up at the US southern border without first seeking protection in a country they passed through, mirroring an attempt by the Trump administration that never took effect because it was blocked in court, the AP...

Hundreds of Child Asylum-Seekers Are Missing in UK

Lawmakers fear they've been seized by traffickers, demand investigation

(Newser) - Hundreds of child asylum-seekers have disappeared from government-approved accommodations in Britain within the last two years, Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said Tuesday. The unaccompanied minors were housed in contracted hotels as the usual asylum accommodation system was overwhelmed . "Out of the 4,600 unaccompanied children that have been accommodated...

SCOTUS Leaves Border Policy in Place Indefinitely

Court extends pandemic-era limits

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is keeping pandemic-era limits on immigration in place indefinitely, dashing hopes of immigration advocates who had been anticipating their end this week. In a ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court extended a temporary stay that Chief Justice John Roberts issued last week. Under the court’s order, the...

White House Asks SCOTUS to Lift Trump-Era Border Policy

High court had previously temporarily blocked the lifting of the asylum restrictions

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to lift Trump-era asylum restrictions—but not necessarily on Wednesday, when they were originally set to expire before the high court temporarily blocked that from happening. A coalition of conservative states is seeking to keep the Title 42 border policy in...

Chess Prodigy Gets Early Holiday Gift From the US
Chess Prodigy, 12,
Is Granted Asylum

Chess Prodigy, 12, Is Granted Asylum

Nigerian Tani Adewumi, 12, can now travel globally for chess competitions

(Newser) - In 2019, 8-year-old Tanitoluwa "Tani" Adewumi defeated 73 of the best players in his age group at a New York state chess championship, breaking a record by doing so. Now, three years later, he "just won his biggest match" ever, per NPR : The now-12-year-old Nigerian boy and his...

'Fat Leonard' Really Does Not Want to Return to US

Fugitive seeks asylum in Venezuela, according to anonymous law enforcement official

(Newser) - The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of US Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. Leonard Glenn Francis slipped away from house...

SCOTUS to Biden: Reinstate Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy

High court refuses to block lower court ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the US. With three liberal justices in dissent, the high court on Tuesday refused to block a lower court ruling ordering...

Garland Tosses Asylum Opinions by Barr, Sessions

Immigration judge should drop the old rules, attorney general says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland moved Wednesday to undo a pair of immigration decisions by Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr. The opinions by Garland's predecessors put limits on who could qualify for asylum by claiming to be a persecuted member of a "particular social group," the Hill reports,...

Migrants Made to 'Remain in Mexico' Will Soon Arrive in US

Biden administration rolls back Trump DHS program, will start letting asylum-seekers trickle in

(Newser) - Starting next Friday, asylum-seekers languishing south of the border will start to see a respite. Under the Trump administration, Central American migrants trying to cross into the US from Mexico were made to "Remain in Mexico"—Trump's name for the Migrant Protection Protocols program , set up in...

Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Get SCOTUS Review

Court won't look at the case until 2021, though—meaning it may be moot if Biden is elected

(Newser) - The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings. As is typical, the court didn't comment in announcing it would hear the case. Because the court's calendar is already full through the end of the...

Canada Court Invalidates Asylum Agreement With US

But decision is delayed for 6 months

(Newser) - A Canadian court Wednesday invalidated the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, ruling elements of the law violate Canadian constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security, the AP reports. But Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald delayed the implementation of her decision for six months to...

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Continue

SCOTUS allows controversial policy to stay in place for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal, the AP reports. The justices' order, over a dissenting vote by Justice Sonia...

Trump Loses on 'Remain in Mexico' Policy in Court

Nearly 60K people have been returned to wait for asylum hearings

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily halted a Trump administration policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US immigration courts. The same court decided to keep another major change on hold, one that denies asylum to anyone who enters the US illegally from...

They Sought Safety in US, Ended Up Dead at Home
The US Deported Them.
138 Are Now Dead
new report

The US Deported Them. 138 Are Now Dead

Human Rights Watch documents cases of murdered Salvadorans

(Newser) - The report is called "Deported to Danger," and for at least 138 Salvadorans, danger is putting it too mildly. In its report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says that's the number of migrants and asylum seekers that were murdered after the US deported them back to El...

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