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Mexico, a Haven for Leftists in Exile, Provides Evo Morales With a Landing Spot

MEXICO CITY — When Evo Morales stepped off a Mexican government plane on Tuesday and into exile on Mexican soil, he followed a well-trod path. During the past century and a half, Mexico has been a haven for those on the left who have sought asylum — Spanish leftists, American socialists and Communists from Europe […]

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New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed on those pursuing legal immigration and citizenship, as well as for the first time charging those fleeing persecution for seeking protection in the United States. The rule, which will be published on Thursday and will have a monthlong comment period, would […]

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France Announces Tough New Measures on Immigration

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France tried to seize control of the issue of immigration on Wednesday, as his government announced steps to make the country less attractive to migrants while cracking open the door to skilled foreign workers. The combined moves were a bid by Mr. Macron to wrest the issue from his […]

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Julián Castro Was Never as Outspoken as His Mother, Until Trump

SAN ANTONIO — When Rosie Castro’s sons, Julián and Joaquin, were still in elementary school, she took them to countless political meetings in San Antonio, hoping they would learn to see the world as she did: a place that needed Mexican-American voices, like theirs, fighting for representation in the upper echelons of power. A place […]

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Trump: ‘I’m Using Mexico’

MIAMI — “I’m using Mexico to protect our border.” Millions of Americans didn’t even notice this recent remark made by President Trump. But Mexicans certainly did. They thought Mr. Trump’s words were a blatant attack on their nation’s sovereignty. Still, while the president’s statement was arrogant and offensive, it’s actually true. Mr. Trump made his […]

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U.S. Refugee Program Gave Me Life. Trump Is Killing It.

The sea-washed, sunset gates of the United States are being closed to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. President Trump and his administration have slashed the Refugee Resettlement Program, which allows people fleeing war, persecution and famine to legally move to the United States. On Thursday, the administration announced that it would accept only […]

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Desperate Migrants on the Border: ‘I Should Just Swim Across’

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Peering out over the Rio Grande, separated from Brownsville, Tex., by only about 100 feet of coursing water, Ana Galeano Valdez talked herself down from a perilous decision — something she has done several times in the weeks she has been living in a tent in one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. […]

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Trump Tears Up the Welcome Mat

President Trump’s latest assault on immigration, cutting the number of refugees accepted to a mere 18,000 from 30,000 last year, is better than the complete ban that some of his aides were seeking. But looking at mere numbers misses the point. This is the administration’s latest message to anyone dreaming of a freer life in […]

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A Conversation With a Border Patrol Agent

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump vowed to crack down on undocumented immigration and empower the Border Patrol. Three years later, the agency is the target of outrage, protest and investigation into its mission and conduct, and many of the […]

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Europe Tries to Seize Momentum for a New Deal on Migration

ROME — At the height of the migration crisis, Italy called on the European Union to keep its promise and help shoulder the burden of the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers landing on the Continent’s southern Mediterranean border. Instead, Italy felt the bloc’s cold shoulder, and the ensuing popular frustration helped fuel the rise […]

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United States to Sign Asylum Agreement With El Salvador, Official Says

WASHINGTON — The United States is expected Friday to sign an asylum agreement with the government of El Salvador to prevent certain migrants who pass through the violent and dangerous country from seeking refuge in the United States, according to an administration official. The agreement is similar to one that President Trump’s administration negotiated with […]

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Visiting Wall, Trump Points to Barrier to Burnish His Campaign

OTAY MESA, Calif. — One thing President Trump loves about his job is signing his name. He relishes signing executive orders, letters to foreign leaders and even red Make America Great Again hats. But on Wednesday, he signed a wall. At the invitation of the team building his new barrier along the border, he affixed […]

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Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States. Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of […]

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‘This Takes Away All Hope’: Rule Bars Most Applicants for Asylum in U.S.

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of people fleeing persecution, most from Central America, line up at the United States’ southern border every day hoping for asylum. They wait for months, their names slowly crawling up a hand-drawn list until they are allowed to present their case to American immigration authorities. After the United States Supreme Court […]

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The Trump Administration’s Latest Experiment on the Border: Tent Courts

SAN ANTONIO — The immigration court judge stared at his long docket list on Thursday morning and told the officer he was ready to hear the next case. No one inside the small courtroom made a move. All the action was happening up front on a large flat-screen television. On the screen, an officer could […]

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Beyond Ending Trump’s Policies, Democrats Largely Skirt Questions About Their Immigration Plans

WASHINGTON — One Democratic candidate would post asylum officers at the border to decide immigration cases on the spot. Others would create an entirely new court system outside the Justice Department. Some have suggested reinstating a program that would allow Central American minors to apply for refugee status in their home countries. The Democrats running […]

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Supreme Court Backs New Trump Asylum Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The court said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from people who had traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being […]

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Trump’s Refugee Cuts Threaten Deep Consequences at Home and Abroad

Chhaya Chhoum’s journey to the Bronx began in the forced labor camp where the Khmer Rouge, during its genocidal rule in 1970s Cambodia, had forced her parents to wed. Her mother, who was 18, fled with her family, carrying her infant through jungle trails to refugee camps in Thailand. But the camps offered neither safety […]

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Judge Reinstates Nationwide Injunction on Trump Asylum Rule

A federal judge on Monday issued a nationwide order barring a Trump administration policy that denies asylum to migrants crossing the border unless they have already tried and failed to obtain asylum in another country along the way, a rule that effectively bans claims for most Central Americans fleeing persecution and poverty. Judge Jon S. […]

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