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We Need a Separate Visa to Protect L.G.B.T.Q. Asylum Seekers

Last month, Botswana’s High Court unanimously struck down key sections of the country’s penal code that punished homosexuality with up to seven years in prison. “Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized,” Judge Michael Leburu, one of the three ruling judges in the panel, concluded. Human rights activists are celebrating the move as […]

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How America Got to ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Immigration: The Inside Story

On the last day of March, Kirstjen Nielsen set off for what was supposed to be a weeklong trip to Europe with a packed itinerary. In London, she would meet with British officials on counterterrorism matters, then travel on to Stockholm to discuss election security with her Swedish counterparts and finally head to Paris, where […]

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Trump’s Immigration Measures, Far From New, Follow Europe’s Example

President Trump’s approach to migration might seem unusual, but it follows a model pioneered by the European Union and Australia — though they may not have pursued it with Mr. Trump’s bombast. Like Mr. Trump’s policies, defined by child-filled detention camps and his extraordinary move to ban nearly all asylum claims at the southern border, […]

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A Border Kept Him From His Daughter. Now He’s Here to Say Goodbye.

#top-wrapper { display: none; } #lifesupport-helper { margin: 0 !important; } Heydi Gámez Garcia, a 13-year-old from Honduras, waited for her father to join her in the United States. But he was repeatedly stopped at the border. Image He came too late. July 17, 2019 BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Heydi Gámez Garcia was discovered by her […]

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Shutting the Door on Asylum Seekers

ImageMigrants were driven to a processing center after they were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents earlier this month.CreditJohn Moore/Getty Images More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “Trump Moves to Block Another Road to Asylum” (front page, July 16): An unprecedented new rule instituted by the Trump administration shuts the door (with […]

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A Day After It Was Filed, New Trump Asylum Policy Gets Hit in Court

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups on Tuesday sued the Trump administration in federal court, challenging a new rule intended to severely restrict the ability of people fleeing persecution to apply for asylum in the United States. The groups filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, seeking […]

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Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule

WASHINGTON — Most migrants who travel by land to enter the United States from the Mexican border will be denied asylum protections according to plans the Trump administration announced Monday. The new rule was expected to be immediately challenged in court. The rule goes into effect on Tuesday. It is one of the broadest attempts […]

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ICE Launches Low-Key Raids Targeting Migrant Families

Coordinated federal raids targeting undocumented migrant parents and their children began over the weekend, part of President Trump’s pledge to swiftly enforce deportation orders against thousands of recently arrived migrants who are not eligible to remain in the country. Only a handful of arrests appeared to take place, and they were reported in only a […]

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Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty

MEXICO CITY — Here in Mexico, as around the world, we are haunted by the wrenching image of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, nestled together on the bank of the Rio Grande after they drowned in the river near the international bridge to Texas. This tragedy shines an unforgiving light […]

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Texas Latina Emerges as House’s Voice of Passion and Reason on the Border

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — In the blazing Mexican heat last week, Representative Veronica Escobar consoled a young woman named Fatima, who described in a flood of Spanish how she had been raped in her native Nicaragua, separated by American authorities from her 5-year-old daughter in May, and sent back to Mexico to wait alone on […]

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A Crime Scene at the Border

On Tuesday, June 25, Rosa Ramírez was filmed at home in San Martín, El Salvador. Ramírez stands by a doorway in a small interior. She is distraught, and her large brown eyes glisten in the glare of camera lights. “The last message he sent me was Saturday. He said, ‘Mama, I love you.’ He said, […]

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A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?

SAN DIEGO — In the sleeping quarters, green cots that were once occupied by hundreds of parents and children on a single night were stacked against the wall. For dinner on Tuesday, just two tables were set for the handful of families staying at the large shelter near the California border that takes in migrant […]

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You Don’t Have to Go to the Border to See Cruelty to Immigrants

I love New York, despite the new ways it finds to wreck my head every day. Right now, dating and the subway are causing me trouble; both involve long and inexplicable delays, strange, unexpected smells, and a sense of rage that I’m not sure who to blame for. “Cuomo, you’ll pay for this,” I mutter […]

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The Power of a Unified ‘No!’: U.S. Asylum Restrictions Hit a Bump

The message of the amicus brief filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in late June was simple: Officers tasked with enforcing the Trump administration’s restrictive new asylum policy believe it violates federal law and fundamental American principles. “We wanted the court to hear our story,” said Michael Knowles, the president of Local 1924 […]

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Trump Officials Dismiss Reports of Disease and Hunger in Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration immigration officials on Sunday contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions in federal detention facilities, arguing that the government was enforcing oversight standards even as it struggled to house and care for an influx of migrants. Accounts of disease, hunger and overcrowding have multiplied in recent […]

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Norway Politician Forced Sex on Asylum Seekers, Court Finds

One of Norway’s most prominent politicians has been convicted of abusing his power to force three young men seeking asylum in the country to have sex with him. Svein Ludvigsen, a former fisheries minister and a regional governor, was sentenced to five years in prison for exploiting the men’s vulnerability and compelling them to have […]

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Ordered Deported, Migrants Hit With Fines Running Into Hundreds of Thousands

Edith Espinal spends her days praying, reading and, when feeling brave, taking short accompanied walks outside the Mennonite church in Columbus, Ohio, where she has been living for 21 months. Church leaders have been protecting Ms. Espinal, who crossed illegally into the United States more than two decades ago, while she fights a deportation order. […]

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Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai’s Ruler, Seeks Refuge in London

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Few world leaders are known to write poetry. Fewer still offer it up for public consumption. And almost none record their marital breakups in verse on their personal websites. Then there is the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who has been publishing his romantic anguish online, in Arabic and […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Barr’s Attempt to Deny Asylum Seekers Bail

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked an order by Attorney General William P. Barr that would have kept thousands of migrants detained indefinitely while waiting for their asylum cases to be decided. Judge Marsha J. Pechman of United States District Court for the Western District of Washington described the order, which […]

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The Immigration Crisis Is Corrupting the Nation

Last year, as part of an effort to carry out President Trump’s promise of “extreme vetting” of visitors to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media account information from millions of people seeking to cross the border. After all, a radical online could be a radical offline. That’s why the […]

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