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    MEXICO CITY - In a camp at the U.S.-Mexico border, some asylum-seekers were told by officials that the U.S. government may reopen their cases and they would eventually be able to enter the U.S. to wait out the asylum process. The new opening for people previously denied came as Mexican authorities worked to close the improvised camp along the banks of the Rio Grande that has housed thousands of asylum-seekers for more than two years. Late Friday night, an official with Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry said via Twitter that the last asylum-seekers with active cases from the camp had been processed and the camp was closed. Others — about 50 people — with closed asylum cases who were told their cases could be reopened were urged to move to a shelter. But some remained in the camp Saturday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests...
    By MARÍA VERZA and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Associated Press MEXICO CITY — In a camp at the U.S.-Mexico border, some asylum seekers were told by officials that the U.S. government may reopen their cases and they would eventually be able to enter the U.S. to wait out the asylum process. The new opening for people previously denied came as Mexican authorities worked to close the improvised camp along the banks of the Rio Grande, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, that has housed thousands of asylum seekers over the more than two years it existed. Late Friday night, an official with Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said via Twitter that the last asylum seekers with active cases from the camp had been processed and the camp was closed. Others with closed asylum cases who were told their cases could be reopened were urged to move to a shelter. But about 50...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a camp at the U.S.-Mexico border, some asylum seekers were told by officials that the U.S. government may reopen their cases and they would eventually be able to enter the U.S. to wait out the asylum process. The new opening for people previously denied came as Mexican authorities worked to close the improvised camp along the banks of the Rio Grande that has housed thousands of asylum seekers over the more than two years it existed. Late Friday night, an official with Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said via Twitter that the last asylum seekers with active cases from the camp had been processed and the camp was closed. Others with closed asylum cases who were told their cases could be reopened were urged to move to a shelter. But some still remained in the camp Saturday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not respond...
    LOS ANGELES - On the day U.S. President Joe Biden took office, he began dismantling former President Donald Trump’s policies at the southern U.S.-Mexico border.   Biden rescinded Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, suspended construction of Trump’s controversial border wall, and vowed to end governmental practices of migrant family separation and rapid-fire deportations.   The abrupt shift in policy almost overnight changed conditions and migrant expectations along the border – renewing hope for hundreds of thousands of migrants from Mexico and Central America of a return to more porous borders and pathways to legal status. But it also raised the concern of law enforcement officials and residents about a return of caravans, chaos and potential for violence. FILE - Tents used by migrants seeking asylum in the United States line an entrance to the border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico, March 1, 2021.Border policy changes accelerated dramatically this...
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Buses loaded with asylum seekers have begun arriving in Tucson, Ariz., For the first time since President Joe Biden began reversing measures taken by his predecessor Donald Trump, city officials said. Fewer than 200 people, mostly Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans, arrived this week after the Border Patrol released them in Yuma, the Arizona Daily Star reported Friday. Tucson officials said the asylum seekers will stay in the city for a few days before going to live with family or friends in other locations while their claims are being processed. Councilman Steve Kozachik, who spearheaded efforts on behalf of applicants in 2019, said the city is « about » to see a huge surge in migrants. The Border Patrol delivered thousands of applicants in 2019 to volunteer-run shelters in Tucson, many of them from Central America. The Daily Star reported at the time that some migrants claimed to have...
    A group of 19 US Democratic congressmen were concerned with the situation of violence, migration, militarization and violations of human rights, which they assure, are experienced in Mexico. Congressmen sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, to whom they expressed these concerns and They asked him to « pay special attention in his first months to the relationship between the United States and Mexico. » In the text they indicated what they consider to be the “specific areas that we believe they must be prioritized within that relationship, specifically in matters of migration, citizen security, rule of law and human rights ”. According to the Democrats, as President Joe Biden develops a strategy for the entry of asylum seekers into the United States, to replace the defunct “Stay in Mexico” program, They asked that there be coordination with the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to provide...
    Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott Just one day after he recklessly lifted novel coronavirus pandemic restrictions, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is now trying to blame asylum-seeking parents and children for cases in his state, falsely claiming in a tweet that the “Biden Administration is recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities.” With all due disrespect to the governor, he’s full of shit. “This is an utter lie, and it is even worse because it comes the day after Abbott ended all statewide precautions for COVID,” tweeted immigration policy expert Aaron Reichlin-Melnick. “In total, 108 people who tested positive have been released in Texas since late January. That's not ‘hundreds.’ It's not even 4 per day on average!” Unfortunately, Abbott wasn’t alone in trying to blame Republican superspreading on these families. Abbott’s Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick similarly pointed his racist finger at asylum-seeking families. Recall that Patrick at the very...
    Asylum-seekers at the Brownsville, Texas, border crossing last year. California is releasing tens of millions in funds to assist newly arrived asylum-seekers with food and transportation as they travel to sponsors, the Associated Press reports. The $28 million will go to San Diego Rapid Response Network member Jewish Family Service, and comes as the Biden administration is allowing into the U.S. a number of families blocked by the previous administration’s anti-asylum policy. “California has so far been the most generous with aid,” the report said. “Besides the new funding, it’s already spent nearly $12 million to help about 30,000 asylum-seekers at the border since Trump’s presidency.” California Department of Finance spokesperson H.D. Palmer told the AP, “[t]his is what happens when California and Washington are talking with each other instead of at each other.” The Biden administration late last month began to allow into the United States some of the 25,000 asylum-seekers currently...
    EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM) — A Texas city became the third U.S. border crossing to start processing asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico for courts to decide their cases. The government began processing those with active cases in Ciudad Juarez-El Paso on February 26 . READ MORE: BOLO: Homicide Detectives Searching For 3 Men, 1 Woman Who May Know Who Killed Christopher Rodriguez Television news crews captured images of the first group of migrants entering the U.S. through El Paso to be processed by immigration officials. Ports of entry in Brownsville and San Ysidro, California started doing processing about a week ago. READ MORE: Shocked By Their Failure To Respond, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Calls For Resignations Of PUC Chair And ERCOT CEO The move comes after President Joe Biden began rolling back his predecessor’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that had forced tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait for...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The processing of asylum seekers waiting to enter the United States expanded to a third border crossing Friday, even as nongovernmental organizations called for more effort to protect the thousands still in Mexican border cities. A week after the U.S. government began processing those with active cases made to wait in Mexico during the Trump administration at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, the process expanded this week to the Matamoros-Brownsville crossing and Friday to Ciudad Juarez-El Paso. A camp of migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros was a particular priority for the Biden administration and Mexico. It holds about 750 people now, but the city is dangerous and camp residents were hard hit by frigid winter weather that affected Texas and northern Mexico this month. On Friday, the second day of processing there, 100 asylum-seekers crossed from Matamoros. On...
    Monday on “CNN Newsroom,” Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policy amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, calling it “catastrophic” for the Democratic Party, the United States and his district. This comes as thousands of foreign nationals attempt to make their way to the United States-Mexico border to be released into the country. Gonzalez said Biden’s policy forces asylum-seekers to make a “very dangerous trek” on top of the people receiving immigrants at the border not being vaccinated yet. He also called for a “safer solution to deal with asylum-seekers.” “The fact is that my heart goes out to everyone. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, but for thousands of people to be reaching our border in the middle of a pandemic in a disorderly fashion would be catastrophic to my district,” Gonzalez outlined. “I have lost over 3,000 citizens to COVID in my southern border district. I...
    MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities hope most of the asylum seekers living in a major encampment on the border will be allowed to enter the United States by the end of next week, according to a Mexican government source.   The migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville, Texas, is currently home to just under 700 migrants, according to the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR). The majority are asylum seekers who have been waiting in Mexico as their cases wind through U.S. courts under a program implemented by former President Donald Trump.     One week ago, President Joe Biden's administration began permitting members of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program to enter the United States to pursue their court cases. UNHCR spokeswoman Silvia Garduno said 27 people crossed the border from Mexico Thursday and 100 did so Friday, and that the agency hopes to continue...
    By Dave Graham, Mimi Dwyer and Ted Hesson MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities hope most of the asylum seekers living in a major encampment on the border will be allowed to enter the United States by the end of next week, according to a Mexican government source. The migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville, Texas, is currently home to just under 700 migrants, according to the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR). The majority are asylum seekers who have been waiting in Mexico as their cases wind through U.S. courts under a program implemented by former President Donald Trump. One week ago, President Joe Biden's administration began permitting members of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program to enter the United States to pursue their court cases. UNHCR spokeswoman Silvia Garduño said 27 people crossed the border from Mexico on Thursday and 100 on Friday, and that...
    Miami : The town of El Paso on Friday welcomed the first asylum seekers who arrived in Texas from Mexico after Joe Biden’s administration decided to resume visa processing among migrants who are part of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) program. , for its acronym in English). The group, before entering the United States, went through a data verification and the corresponding COVID-19 tests were carried out to avoid risks to public health. Melissa López, a member of Diocesan Services for migrants, who accompanied the group of about 25 people, said that seeing them cross the port of entry between Mexico and the US, in Ciudad Juárez, and receiving them was “a great honor” and that they are finally in “United States, safe.” During the entire process, members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were present to ensure that everything was carried out as established. IOM monitoring asylum...
    By MARÍA VERZA, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — The processing of asylum seekers waiting to enter the United States expanded to a third border crossing Friday, even as nongovernmental organizations called for more effort to protect the thousands still in Mexican border cities. A week after the U.S. government began processing those with active cases made to wait in Mexico during the Trump administration at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, the process expanded this week to the Matamoros-Brownsville crossing and Friday to Ciudad Juarez-El Paso. A camp of migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros was a particular priority for the Biden administration and Mexico. It holds about 750 people now, but the city is dangerous and camp residents were hard hit by frigid winter weather that affected Texas and northern Mexico this month. On Friday, the second day of processing there, 100...
    SAN DIEGO (AP/CBS13) — California will spend up to $28 million to help asylum seekers arriving from Mexico and being released in the U.S. until their court dates, a sharp contrast from other border states that have emerged as foes of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. The funding, expected to last through June, comes as Biden unwinds former President Donald Trump’s policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico until their court hearings. It will pay for hotel rooms for immigrants to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic before going to their final destinations throughout the U.S. READ MORE: We Have Upheld Every Commitment: Steinberg Says Sacramento MLS Expansion Efforts To Continue After Lead Investor Backs Out Money also will go to Jewish Family Service of San Diego to provide food, transportation and help with travel logistics. The state will fund health services for the short stays, including COVID-19 testing. Last week,...
    California is joining the Joe Biden administration in welcoming immigrants inside the country based on asylum claims. The state plans to dedicate up to $28 million to provide “quarantine hotel rooms,” medical care, and other services. The California Department of Finance issued a memo on Thursday announcing the aid for foreigners, even as the state’s citizens and their jobs and businesses are suffering because of coronavirus restrictions. The Department said it would make the money available to migrants entering through the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, California, where they will  quarantine for seven to 10 days. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the development: Tens of thousands of largely Central American asylum seekers are stuck in Mexico under a 2019 policy adopted by former President Donald Trump that forced them wait outside the U.S. for the duration of their immigration proceedings. President Biden reversed that order this...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California is freeing up as much as $28 million to help immigrants arriving from Mexico and being released in the U.S. until their court dates, a sharp contrast from other border states that have emerged as foes of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. The funding, expected to last through June, comes as Biden unwinds former President Donald Trump’s policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico until their court hearings. It will pay for hotel rooms for immigrants to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic before going to their final destinations throughout the U.S. Money also will go to Jewish Family Service of San Diego to provide food, transportation and help with travel logistics. The state will fund health services for the short stays, including COVID-19 testing. Last week, the Biden administration began allowing people into the United States who had been forced to wait south of the...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. A group of US senators is urging the Department of Homeland Security to investigate allegations that guards at immigration detention centers beat asylum seekers into submitting their own deportations. “The allegations of violence and brutality against vulnerable refugees seeking safety here in the United States are unlawful and disturbing,” they write in the letter.  Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent the letter Thursday to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and ICE’s Acting Director Tae Johnson.  The senators’ concerns stem in part from a recent story by the Intercept that uncovered how guards at two ICE detention centers threatened asylum seekers with exposure to COVID-19 if they didn’t submit to...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - At least nine asylum-seekers and two unaccompanied children were among a group of Myanmar nationals deported by Malaysia this week, despite a court order halting the plan, rights groups said on Friday. Malaysia on Tuesday sent 1,086 Myanmar nationals back on three navy ships sent by Myanmar, a move the groups said could endanger the deportees' lives. The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) said in a statement it had confirmed that two children were separated from their families and deported back to Myanmar alone on the ships. APRRN, along with three other rights groups, also said there was substantial risk that those deported included refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing ethnic conflict and persecution in Myanmar, where the military seized power in a Feb. 1 coup. "There is great fear that life for these ethnic minorities deported back to a military regime will likely worsen," the groups...
    United Nations agencies have begun efforts to return asylum seekers currently residing in Mexico under the Trump Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) back to U.S. soil. An estimated 25,000 asylum seekers are eligible for transfer under President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the MPP. The UN received 12,000 applications over a three-day period beginning February 19. According a United Nations press release, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are conducting in-person registration and are performing COVID-19 tests. Other platforms to assist the asylum seekers in their return to the United States will include email, in-person, social media, and telephone hotlines. Many of the asylum seekers in the MPP program moved away from the immediate border area to other parts of Mexico. Others simply returned to their home country. The IOM will coordinate and provide transportation for those...
    MEXICO CITY - The first asylum-seekers from a Mexican border camp that had become a symbol of Trump-era immigration restrictions entered the United States on Thursday under a new policy meant to end the hardships endured by migrants in dangerous border towns.  The United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the initial group comprised 27 people who had been living in the makeshift camp in Matamoros opposite Brownsville, Texas.  Some residents have lived there for more than a year under former President Donald Trump's controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.  The first group of 27 migrants leave their camp towards the Gateway International Bridge to be processed and seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico, Feb. 25, 2021.A new process under President Joe Biden will gradually allow thousands of MPP asylum-seekers to await courts' decisions within...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Thursday brought a first group of people from the Matamoros migrant camp at Mexico's border with Texas into the United States, where they will be allowed to carry out their asylum applications, migrant rights organizations said. Some camp residents have lived there for more than a year under former President Donald Trump's controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings. President Joe Biden's administration has said a new process will gradually allow thousands of MPP asylum seekers to await courts' decisions within the United States, and some migrants last week were permitted to cross into San Ysidro, California. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said 27 migrants crossed the bridge from Matamoros into Texas on Thursday morning. Francisco Gallardo, who runs a migrant shelter in Matamoros and provides humanitarian aid at the camp, welcomed...
    By JUSTIN SPIKE, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The advocate general for European Union's highest court on Thursday urged the court to rule that Hungary violated the bloc's laws on asylum when it passed legislation narrowing the possibilities for asylum-seekers to receive international protection. The non-binding opinion from the European Court of Justice's Advocate General, Athanasios Rantos, states that the 2018 amendments to Hungary's asylum laws — which prohibited asylum-seekers who passed through safe countries en route to Hungary from receiving international protection — violated EU law. “By introducing that ground for inadmissibility, Hungary has failed to fulfill its obligations under the Procedures Directive,” Rantos wrote, referring to the EU's asylum protocols. Opinions by advocates general are often but not always followed by the European Court of Justice, which will make a final ruling on the case at a later date. The European Commission, the bloc's executive branch, brought...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The advocate general for European Union’s highest court on Thursday urged the court to rule that Hungary violated the bloc’s laws on asylum when it passed legislation narrowing the possibilities for asylum-seekers to receive international protection. The non-binding opinion from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General, Athanasios Rantos, states that the 2018 amendments to Hungary’s asylum laws — which prohibited asylum-seekers who passed through safe countries en route to Hungary from receiving international protection — violated EU law. “By introducing that ground for inadmissibility, Hungary has failed to fulfill its obligations under the Procedures Directive,” Rantos wrote, referring to the EU’s asylum protocols. Opinions by advocates general are often but not always followed by the European Court of Justice, which will make a final ruling on the case at a later date. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive branch, brought the case...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — In the first five days since the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden began to process the thousands of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees registered 12,000 people. That’s nearly half the 25,000 active cases the U.S. government has cited. Migrants who have waited in Mexico and elsewhere to get hearings on their U.S. asylum requests are dealing now with a mix of hope and frustration, along with overloaded websites and telephone lines that never stop ringing. The hurdles are far better than the seemingly endless wait often in wretched conditions of tens of thousands of asylum seekers forced to choose between waiting in Mexico — or returning to Central America — under the Migrant Protection Protocols, or Remain in Mexico program. Instituted by the Trump administration in January 2019, the program sought to discourage asylum seekers by making them...
    Groups including Haitian Bridge Alliance, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs (ABISA), Black Immigrant Collective (BIC), Black Immigrants Bail Fund, Migration Matters, and African Communities Together call on Biden admin to stop deporting Black immigrants. More than 60 House members are calling for a halt to the expulsions of asylum-seekers under a Stephen Miller-pushed order that the Biden administration has continued to largely keep in place. Under the policy, hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers have been expelled without due process, including dozens of Haitian children in recent weeks. “In March, the Trump administration began misusing Title 42 to effectively shut down access to our asylum system. That practice has continued, and in the case of deportation flights to some countries, increased,” legislators tell Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas. “You have the power to halt these expulsions by repealing the Title 42 order, and you should use...
    House Republicans are moving to make permanent a Trump-era immigration initiative that forced tens of thousands of migrants seeking asylum to live in Mexico for months while awaiting court proceedings. Rep. Matt Rosendale, the at-large congressman for Montana, introduced on Wednesday the Return Excessive Migrants and Asylees to International Neighbors in Mexico Act in an attempt to revive the Migrant Protection Protocols that President Biden recently suspended and ordered be reviewed. The Department of Homeland Security is now in the process of deciding the tens of thousands of existing claims and slowly allowing 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico to enter the United States for legal proceedings. The bill would direct DHS to restart the 2-year-old program across all four southern border states and bar people who arrived at the southern border from being admitted into the U.S. while they await asylum decisions. The program was implemented in January 2019...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments The United States this week will begin processing people held in the Matamoros migrant camp at the Texas border for entry into the country after the area was hit hard by severe weather, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. The camp, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, is home to hundreds of migrants, most from Central America, hoping to be granted refuge across the border. They have endured sub-zero temperatures over the last week while living in flimsy tents. “The migrant camp in Matamoros has recently been hard hit by extreme weather in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the nation’s border management in a way that reflects America’s values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority,” the department said in a statement. It said new arrivals at the camp will not gain entry into the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States this week will begin processing people held in the Matamoros migrant camp at the Texas border for entry into the country after the area was hit hard by severe weather, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. The camp, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, is home to about 1,000 migrants, most from Central America, hoping to be granted refuge across the border. They have endured sub-zero temperatures over the last week while living in flimsy tents. "The migrant camp in Matamoros has recently been hard hit by extreme weather in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the nation's border management in a way that reflects America's values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority," the department said in a statement. It said new arrivals at the camp will not gain entry into the United States through this...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Several lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday called on Malaysia's government to explain its deportation of more than 1,000 Myanmar nationals, despite a court-ordered stay, with some saying the move could amount to contempt of court. The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Tuesday had granted a stay on the deportation of 1,200 Myanmar citizens held in immigration detention centres, pending an application by Amnesty International and Asylum Access to suspend the plan amid fears over their safety. But hours after the ruling, Malaysia's top immigration official said authorities had repatriated 1,086 Myanmar citizens on three Myanmar navy ships. "We believe that the government owes an explanation to the people of Malaysia as to why they chose to defy the court order," Amnesty's Malaysia director Katrina Maliamauv told reporters. The prime minister's office and Immigration Department Director-General Khairul Dzaimee Daud did not immediately respond to requests for...
    This Tuesday, February 23, Malaysia proceeded with the deportation of a thousand Burmese migrants, despite a court decision asking it to suspend this transfer. Over a thousand Burmese migrants were sent back to Burma, this Tuesday February 23. The Malaysia expelled 1,086 Burmese migrants. According to Malaysian Immigration Ministry Khairul Dzaimee Daud, three Burmese military buildings picked them up on the west coast. “No Rohingya migrants and no asylum seekers were returned“, he assured, adding that the expelled migrants have agreed to return home, without being forced. A few hours earlier, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the authorities to temporarily suspend this expulsion. It was seized by organizations for the defense of human rights. They expressed concern that asylum seekers and members of vulnerable minorities could be deported. > Read also our other News in the World
    The United Nations is reportedly helping the Biden Administration find more asylum-seeking migrants to get back into the United States after they were removed to Mexico or Central America to await asylum processing under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols. President Joe Biden canceled the program after taking office on January 21. “Hundreds of migrants signed up on Friday within hours of the launch of a U.N. website that allows migrants with active cases to register remotely to be processed at the U.S.-Mexico border,” Reuters reported. “The United States and the United Nations are evaluating the locations of migrants and costs associated with possible flights and land transportation within Mexico.” U.N.’s International Organization for Migration in Mexico Chief of Mission Dana Graber Ledek told Reuters, “Nothing is in place yet. Right now we’re still exploring all of the possibilities.” The U.S. Department of State declined to respond to an inquiry...
    SAN DIEGO (CBSLA) — Rep. Nanette Barragán traveled to the border this week to see for herself that more families seeking asylum in the U.S. are being allowed entry at the San Ysidro point of entry in San Diego. Thousands of asylum seekers had been forced to wait in Mexico for years under the Migrant Protection Protocols program, one of former President Trump’s most restrictive immigration policies. The policy had required people seeking refuge in the U.S. to wait on the Mexico side of the border while their cases are decided. READ MORE: LA City Vaccination Sites Reopen Tuesday After Weather-Delayed Shipments Finally Arrive Barragán, chairwoman of the House Border Security committee, said she had seen last year the “horrific” living conditions people seeking asylum in the U.S. were forced to return to in Mexico in Matamoros. One of the families Barragán watched make entry was a family with two...
    Reuters February 23, 2021 0 Comments The Canadian government will be back in court on Tuesday defending its agreement with the United States to turn back asylum-seekers in an effort to overturn a federal court decision that found the pact violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A victory for the government would mean asylum-seekers would continue to be turned back at the Canadian border under conditions a court found violated their rights. A loss would force Ottawa to rethink refugee management at the world’s longest undefended border. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, signed in 2002, asylum-seekers trying to enter one country through a land border crossing are turned back on the basis they should make their claim in the first safe country in which they arrived. Last year, a Canadian federal judge found the treaty violates individuals’ right to life, liberty and the security of the person in part because...
    By Anna Mehler Paperny TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government will be back in court on Tuesday defending its agreement with the United States to turn back asylum-seekers in an effort to overturn a federal court decision that found the pact violated Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A victory for the government would mean asylum-seekers would continue to be turned back at the Canadian border under conditions a court found violated their rights. A loss would force Ottawa to rethink refugee management at the world's longest undefended border. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, signed in 2002, asylum-seekers trying to enter one country through a land border crossing are turned back on the basis they should make their claim in the first safe country in which they arrived. Last year, a Canadian federal judge found the treaty violates individuals' right to life, liberty and the security of the person in part because...
    By Ted Hesson and Laura Gottesdiener MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - The United States abruptly canceled plans on Monday to bring asylum seekers into Texas at two ports of entry, dashing the hopes of hundreds who have been waiting for months in Mexico under a Trump-era policy President Joe Biden promised to unwind. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement that "given current operational considerations," it could no longer say when it would begin bringing in migrants through ports in Brownsville and El Paso, Texas. The department said last week it would start accepting asylum seekers with active cases at those locations on Monday and Friday, respectively. Texas is recovering from a winter storm that knocked out power and water services across the state. A DHS spokeswoman did not give a specific reason for the delay, but said the agency would begin to use those locations once...
    "Asylum seekers from El Salvador wait at a bus station after they were released from U.S. immigration authorities on February 08, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas." The Biden administration has admitted into the U.S. the first group of asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico under an anti-asylum policy implemented by the previous administration. While the 25 men, women, and children are a tiny fraction of the roughly 25,000 asylum-seekers currently waiting in Mexico, their entry on Friday marks the beginning of the end of this dangerous and inhumane policy that stranded families for months and even years. “Who thought this day would come? I never thought it would happen,” asylum-seeker Edwin Gomez told the Associated Press. He’d fled El Salvador when gang members killed his wife and teen son after he’d been unable to pay extortion fees. Under the previous administration’s policy, he continued to remain vulnerable, but this time to the thugs who prey on asylum-seekers...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Rights groups Amnesty International and Asylum Access sought a court order on Monday to prevent Malaysia deporting 1,200 Myanmar nationals, fearing their lives could be put at risk. Officials and refugees say Malaysia is set to deport the Myanmar citizens, including asylum-seekers, on Tuesday on three navy ships sent by Myanmar's military, which seized power in a Feb. 1 coup. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said at least six people registered with it are among the immigration detainees being sent back. The Malaysian chapters of Amnesty International and Asylum Access said in a statement they had filed for a judicial review at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, based on information indicating asylum seekers and refugees were among those being deported. The filing, they said, included the names and details of three UNHCR document holders and 17 minors who have at least one...
    More On: myanmar Woman shot in the head at Myanmar coup protest has died: family Mass anti-coup protests in Myanmar as UN warns of violence Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces new charge as crackdown intensifies Myanmar erupts in biggest demonstrations since coup Myanmar has sent three ships to neighboring Malaysia to bring back more than 1,200 asylum seekers and refugees, pushing the US to pressure Malaysia to stop the deportations. Hundreds fled Myanmar three weeks ago after the military toppled the pro-democratic government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being detained. The others are Myanmar Muslims and members of the ethnic Chin community who left to escape persecution. Malaysia doesn’t separate refugees from other undocumented migrants but has promised not to deport Rohingya Muslims, who faced institutionalized discrimination, or UN-registered refugees, Reuters reported. The two countries struck a deportation deal last week after Myanmar offered to send...
    As part of its efforts to wind down a Trump-era policy that kept tens of thousands of asylum-seekers outside U.S. territory, the Biden administration on Friday admitted the first group of migrants who had been previously required to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings. U.S. border officials processed 25 Latin American asylum-seekers at the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California and allowed them to stay in the country for the duration of their proceedings.  The Jewish Family Service of San Diego received the asylum applicants, who were required to test negative for the coronavirus, and transported them to a hotel in the area so they could quarantine, according to the non-profit's chief executive officer, Michael Hopkins. The group included six families and five individuals from Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cuba.  "It's the beginning of a new day for our country," Hopkins told CBS News....
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    At least 25 migrants who were seeking asylum in the U.S. while waiting in Mexico were released into the states Friday, according to reports. The 25 migrants are the first of roughly 25,000 asylum-seekers with cases in former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy who will now be allowed to wait in the U.S. while their case is heard in court, according to the Associated Press (AP). The 25 individuals were taken to San Diego hotels for a COVID-19 quarantine. After quarantine, the individuals will be able to travel throughout the U.S. to stay with either their relatives, friends or sponsors, according to the AP. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Feb. 12 that they would start processing approximately 25,000 migrants who were forced to “remain in Mexico” under Trump’s Migrant Protections Protocols. TIJUANA, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 19: People who are seeking asylum in the United States wait in...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has expressed interest in funding flights to bring asylum seekers blocked by former President Donald Trump's "remain in Mexico" program into the country, a United Nations official said in an interview on Friday. The United States and the UN are evaluating the location of migrants and costs associated with flights, and no decisions have been made, said Dana Graber Ladek, chief of mission for the UN's International Organization for Migration in Mexico. (Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United Nations, Nicaragua, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras
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    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments The United States will on Friday begin rolling back one of former President Donald Trump’s strictest immigration policies, allowing in the first of thousands of asylum seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico for their cases to be heard. President Joe Biden pledged while campaigning to immediately rescind the Trump policy, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Under the program more than 65,000 non-Mexican asylum seekers were denied entry and sent back across the border pending court hearings. Most returned home but some stayed in Mexico in sometimes squalid or dangerous conditions, vulnerable to kidnapping and other violence. Now they will be allowed into the United States to wait for their applications to be heard in immigration courts. The effort will start slowly, with only limited numbers of people being admitted on Friday at the port of entry in San...
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    Reuters February 18, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo in a phone call on Wednesday that Washington was committed to addressing the causes of illegal immigration, the State Department said. Blinken cited endemic corruption, the lack of economic opportunity and insecurity as the “structural problems” that drive illegal immigration, the department said in a statement. Blinken told Brolo it was in the interest of both countries to ensure a “safe, orderly, and humane approach to migration,” the statement said. U.S. President Joe Biden has promised to undo many of former President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies. The U.S. government this week will begin to process thousands of asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico under a program put in place by Trump, officials said. Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said earlier this month that the U.S. government had ended a contentious deal...
    By Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Nearly 100 asylum-seekers are among the 1,200 Myanmar nationals Malaysia plans to send home by ship next week, refugee groups said on Thursday, as it takes a step activists fear could put the deportees' lives at risk. Although Malaysia does not formally recognise refugees, detaining them along with other undocumented migrants, it has vowed not to deport Rohingya Muslims and refugees identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Last week, Reuters reported the Southeast Asian nation had agreed to return the 1,200 Myanmar citizens after its neighbour's military, which seized power in a Feb. 1 coup, offered to send navy ships to pick up those detained. Concerns over refugee status persist, however, as the U.N. agency has not been allowed to interview detainees for more than a year to verify such claims. Leaders of groups representing refugees...
    An asylum-seeker and her child hold hands after their release from federal custody A federal judge has yet again found the previous administration’s asylum ban to be unlawful. This is the third time a district court has ruled against the inhumane and very unlawful ban, which blocks Central Americans and other asylum-seekers who didn’t first ask for protections in a nation they traveled through before reaching the U.S. But despite having previously lost in court, the former administration had moved to finalize a version of the rule after losing the 2020 election, with it going into effect on the last full day of that administration. “Thankfully, the court has blocked the previous administration’s 11th-hour attempt to resurrect the asylum transit rule,” said Melissa Crow of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, a plaintiff in litigation. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that in his ruling on Tuesday, Judge Jon Tigar found that the previous administration’s rule “ignored U.S. laws that were...
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    Laundered shoes hang to dry inside a camp for asylum seekers on February 7, 2021, in Matamoros, Mexico. Many of the some 600 people in the camp, most from Central America, have been living there for up to a year, waiting for an immigration court hearing across the bridge in Brownsville, Texas. The Biden administration announced that it will this week begin allowing into the U.S. a number of the thousands of asylum-seekers who have been forced by the previous administration to wait for their U.S. immigration court dates in Mexico, NBC News reports. “Starting Feb. 19, asylum-seekers who have been waiting the longest or are considered vulnerable will be eligible to enter the United States as they await their day in court.” Since its Jan. 2019 implementation, a total of 70,000 asylum-seekers have been subject to the dangerous and illegal Remain in Mexico policy. There were still 25,000 active cases when the new administration announced it would no longer...
    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — After a weeklong bus ride from Honduras, Isabel Osorio Medina arrived in northern Mexico with the hope President Joe Biden would make it easier for people like him to get into the United States. “It seems the new president wants to help migrants,” Osorio said as he got ready to check in to a cheap hotel in downtown Tijuana before heading to the U.S. “They’re saying he is going to help, but I don’t know for sure how much is true or not.” The 63-year-old is among thousands of people who have come to the U.S.-Mexico border with the hope they will be able to ask for asylum and make their way into the U.S. now that former President Donald Trump is no longer in office. While Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump’s hardline immigration policies, his...
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    President Joe Biden continues rapidly dismantling former President Donald Trump’s effort to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, announcing on Friday he will reverse Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy for migrants seeking refugee status and will admit at least 25,000 people into the country. And not only will thousands of migrants be allowed into the interior of the country, but they will be released into American communities to await legal proceedings. Biden’s policy also flies in the face of border detention policy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that calls for the swift return of migrants to their home country to protect Americans from further exposure to the coronavirus. “Beginning on February 19 the Department of Homeland security will take steps to begin processing individuals who under the previous administration, had been forced to remain in Mexico,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday. ABC7...
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    The administration of the Democratic leader called it « another step » in its strategy to reform the US immigration system | 02/12/2021 | ionicons-v5-c12: 43 | . | Washington.- The Government of the President of the United States, Joe biden, announced this Friday a plan with which it hopes to resume the cases of thousands of asylum seekers sended to Mexico by his predecessor, Donald trump, and ensure that these people wait for their process in the country without being sent to detention centers. In what he described as « another step » in his strategy to reform the immigration system The administration of the Democratic leader will resume, as of February 19, the attention of the asylum seekers returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as « Stay in Mexico« . The « phase one » of the plan is aimed at some 25,000 people with « open cases » and who remain...
    Around 25,000 asylum-seekers who were ordered under former President Donald Trump to wait in Mexico while U.S. immigration courts processed their requests will now be allowed to cross the border starting next week, the Biden administration announced Friday.  The Department of Homeland Security said the change in plans for those currently placed in Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) -- often referred to as "Remain in Mexico" -- will go into effect on Feb. 19. The Trump administration introduced the policy in January 2019 and said it was critical to reversing a surge of asylum-seekers that peaked that year.  "As President Biden has made clear, the U.S. government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system," Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. "This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values."  In this August 2019 photo, migrants -- many of whom were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico"...
    “From February 19, the Department of Homeland Security will begin the first phase of its program to restore a secure and orderly process along the U.S. southwestern border,” a statement said. Executive Biden noted that immigrants targeted by Donald Trump’s so-called “stay in Mexico” move would be allowed into U.S. territory. This policy, implemented in 2019, does not apply to Mexican people, but asylum seekers who came to the United States via Mexico were forced to remain there until their claim was investigated. He was severely criticized by civil rights associations. At least 70,000 asylum seekers have returned to Mexico as part of the plan, which has created a humanitarian crisis on this side of the border and has been exacerbated by the epidemic, according to the U.S. Immigration Council. Asylum applications for the 25,000 people targeted by the policy are still pending, a Democratic administration official said. Alejandro Myorgos,...
    “From February 19, the Department of Homeland Security will begin phase one of its program to restore a secure and orderly process at the southwest border” of the United States, said a statement. The migrants who were targeted by the measure called “Remain in Mexico” (Remain in Mexico) of Donald Trump will be able to be admitted on the American territory, specified the administration Biden. This policy, implemented in 2019, did not apply to Mexicans but forced asylum seekers who arrived in the United States via Mexico to stay there until their request was investigated. She had been severely criticized by civil rights organizations. At least 70,000 asylum seekers, most of them from Central America, have been returned to Mexico as part of this program, creating a humanitarian crisis on this side of the border, exacerbated by the pandemic, according to the organization American Immigration Council. The asylum applications...
    Reuters February 12, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. government next week will begin to gradually process asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico under a controversial program put in place by former President Donald Trump, officials said. The moves are part of a plan by the administration of President Joe Biden to end the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), an effort complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and concerns over illegal immigration. The Trump administration launched the program in 2019 as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on the ability to seek asylum in the United States, which Trump officials depicted as rife with fraud and meritless claims. The initiative forced more than 65,000 non-Mexican asylum seekers back across the border to wait for their U.S. court hearings, although far fewer are believed to still be in Mexico. The Biden administration will begin by working to process...
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    JOE Biden is set to allow 25,000 asylum seekers from Mexico to flood into the United States next week while they wait for hearings. The first group with active cases will be allowed in the United States on February 19, authorities said. 5Joe Biden is set to allow asylum seekers into the United StatesCredit: Splash News They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations. The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump’s most consequential policies to deter asylum seekers from coming to the US. About 70,000 asylum seekers were enrolled in “Remain in Mexico,” officially called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” since it was introduced in January 2019. 5They...
    The Biden administration will begin allowing Central American asylum seekers who had been forced to remain in Mexico into the United States to have their claims heard. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that starting Feb. 19, the thousands of migrants who had been forced to wait in Mexico for months under the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols will be allowed into the U.S. for processing. Approximately 25,000 asylum seekers have open, undecided cases and will be brought in. “As President Biden has made clear, the U.S. government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values. Especially at the border, however, where capacity constraints remain serious, changes will take time." This is a developing story. News Biden Administration Joe...
    SAN DIEGO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, some near the Texas border, for their next immigration court hearings may soon be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed. The Biden administration detailed the plans in a February 12 announcement. The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations. RELATED: 2 Of 6 Victims In Deadly Fort Worth Pileup Involving 130+ Vehicles Identified The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump’s most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the...
    February 12, 2021 9:24 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Joe Biden government will reopen as of February 19 the cases of asylum seekers returned to Mexico by a program of former President Donald Trump that forced these people to remain in that country while waiting for their appointments in US immigration courts . This was announced on Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is in charge of immigration and border protection in the United States. The statement indicates that this is “phase one” of a program “to restore safe and orderly processing“of immigrants on the southern border. DHS estimates that some 25,000 people have active cases under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the program established by Trump and also known as Stay in Mexico. As a result of the pandemic, the Trump administration and that of his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador,...
    SAN DIEGO -- The Biden administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be released in the United States while their cases proceed.The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations.The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump's most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the U.S. About 70,000 asylum-seekers were enrolled in "Remain in Mexico,'' officially called "Migrant Protection Protocols,'' since it was introduced in January 2019.On Biden's first day in...
    By Ted Hesson and Mimi Dwyer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government next week will begin to gradually process asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico under a controversial program put in place by former President Donald Trump, officials said. The moves are part of a plan by the administration of President Joe Biden to end the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), an effort complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and concerns over illegal immigration. The Trump administration launched the program in 2019 as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on the ability to seek asylum in the United States, which Trump officials depicted as rife with fraud and meritless claims. The initiative forced more than 65,000 non-Mexican asylum seekers back across the border to wait for their U.S. court hearings, although far fewer are believed to still be in Mexico. The Biden administration will begin by working...
    By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be released in the United States while their cases proceed. The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations. The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump's most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the U.S. About 70,000 asylum-seekers were enrolled in “Remain in Mexico,” officially called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” since it was...
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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be released in the United States while their cases proceed. The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations. The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump’s most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the U.S. About 70,000 asylum-seekers were enrolled in “Remain in Mexico,” officially called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” since it was introduced in January 2019. On...
    MATAMOROS, MEXICO - 2020/07/13: A woman talks on phone with children playing next to her in an isolation area. There are around 1,500 people living in tents inside a fenced off area of the park as they wait for their asylum hearings in the United States.Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The Biden administration just released details of its plan to bring back as early as February 19 approximately 25,000 asylum seekers who were sent to wait in Mexico under one of Donald Trump’s most callous and impactful border policies, known as “Remain in Mexico.” In a phone call with reporters Thursday evening, top administration officials said they’re working closely with the Mexican government and with “international organizations,” which will be doing most of the work...
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