Tag: Immigration and Emigration

Frightened by Coronavirus, Many of U.K.’s Poles Are Heading Home

LONDON — As the coronavirus epidemic gathered pace, Jaroslaw Bacdorf agonized over whether to stay in London, where he has lived and worked for eight years, or head back to Poland to join his wife, children and mother. After a morning phone call on Wednesday, he packed his bags. “I spoke to my mum and […]

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Fresh From Iran’s Coronavirus Zone, Now Moving Across Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan — Afghanistan has already imported its epidemic. And each day it adds to it, as thousands more displaced Afghans continue to flow across the border from Iran, which has reported among the world’s highest numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths. The returnees, some surely infected with the coronavirus when in Iran, cluster shoulder […]

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Even Before Coronavirus, America’s Population Was Growing at Slowest Rate Since 1919

WASHINGTON — The American population is growing at its slowest pace since 1919, new government data shows, as a drop in births and an acceleration in deaths put the country closer than ever to an overall decline. The figures, released by the Census Bureau on Thursday and analyzed by demographers, were for the 12 months […]

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‘Plz Cancel Our Cleaning’: Virus Leads Many to Cast Aside Household Help

PASADENA, Calif. — Late last week, Maria Zamorano, 50, picked up her cellphone to check her messages. “Hi, plz cancel our cleaning for tomorrow,” said one. “Maria, I’m going to have to cancel tomorrow’s cleaning. Thank you,” said another. The housekeeper had been receiving similar texts all week, every one of them a cancellation from […]

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In Pandemic, Justice Dept. Seeks Video Court Hearings and Home Detention

WASHINGTON — Invoking the coronavirus crisis, the Justice Department has asked Congress to let more federal inmates serve their time at home and to steer scarce masks and testing kits to federal prisons ahead of other agencies, according to draft legislation submitted last week to congressional leaders. The department has also asked Congress to relax […]

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A Closed Border, Dashed Hopes and a Looming Disaster

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — Tania Bonilla arrived in this Mexican border city on Wednesday determined to apply for asylum in the United States. With her 1-year-old in tow, she had defied the odds — evading a death sentence by a Honduran gang at home, she said, as well as deportation by the Mexican authorities at […]

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‘Astronaut’ Families Stressed by Straddling 2 Worlds: China and Canada

VANCOUVER — Bonnie Ye, 42, left China four years ago to marry a Vancouver man she met on a Chinese matchmaking website. Soon, her husband was shuttling between China and two homes in Vancouver, leaving her alone for long stretches to care for their young daughter. Now, the two are divorced. Valerie Ng, 19, was […]

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‘We’re Petrified’: Immigrants Afraid to Seek Medical Care for Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES — The coronavirus was not on the agenda when a legal-aid group two months ago invited farmworkers who toil in the date groves, lemon orchards and vineyards of California’s Coachella Valley to an information session about immigration issues. But when Luz Gallegos and her team showed up over the weekend, they were cornered […]

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India Scrambles to Escape a Coronavirus Crisis. So Far, It’s Working.

NEW DELHI — Over the weekend in Lucknow, one of India’s bigger cities, young people packed into pubs. Despite the Indian government scrambling to lock things down, few on the bar scene were taking the coronavirus very seriously. “I am not scared. I eat, party, sleep,’’ said Akshay Gupta, an accountant who was bar hopping […]

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How Democrats Can Win Arizona, Forever

PHOENIX — First there were seven. Then 50. Then thousands of people, mostly Latino and many undocumented, who held a vigil on the lawn outside of the Arizona State Capitol in the spring of 2010, praying that Gov. Jan Brewer would not sign an anti-immigrant bill, the most punitive in generations, which had sailed through […]

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10 Years Ago, Arizona Changed How We Talk About Immigration

TUCSON, Ariz. — The heat in the Sonoran Desert neared 100 degrees on the day several years ago when Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint pulled over an elderly Hispanic man, dressed impeccably in a tailored suit. They ordered him out of his vehicle and requested his identity papers, which showed that he was a […]

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Pakistan Builds Border Fence, Limiting Militants and Families Alike

TORKHAM, Pakistan — Above the trucks and travelers lining up at the main eastern gateway between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a glinting new landmark scales the dun-colored mountains: Parallel mesh fences, a couple of feet apart and topped with coils of razor wire, climb from the border crossing up over the dizzying crags. The section of […]

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A Conservative Agenda Unleashed on the Federal Courts

President Trump’s imprint on the nation’s appeals courts has been swift and historic. He has named judges with records on a range of issues important to Republicans — and to his re-election. March 14, 2020, 6:00 a.m. ET As a Republican candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, Don R. Willett flaunted his uncompromising conservatism, boasting […]

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Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

BRUSSELS — Turkey has signaled that it is winding down its two-week operation to aid the movement of tens of thousands of people toward Europe, following a tough on-the-ground response from Greek border guards and a tepid diplomatic reaction from European politicians. Migrants at the Greek-Turkish land border began to be transported back to Istanbul […]

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How Little Italy Became Little Albanian-Mexican Italy

On a cool sunny weekday afternoon, the crowds were out in Little Italy. In the two outdoor European-style cafes that anchor either end of Arthur Avenue, in the Belmont Section of the Bronx, tourists and locals sat outside, sipping espresso, smoking and chatting away. At Luna Cafe, just past the giant Italian flag painted in […]

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New York City Museums Teach the History of Immigration

This article is part of our latest special report on Museums, which focuses on the intersection of art and politics. Imagine walking on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century in what was then the most densely populated place on Earth — with people from all over the world. You would […]

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Supreme Court Revives ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy for Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily revived a Trump administration program that has forced about 60,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their requests are heard. An appeals court had blocked the program, saying it was at odds with both federal law and international treaties and was causing “extreme and irreversible harm.” […]

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‘We Are Like Animals’: Inside Greece’s Secret Site for Migrants

POROS, Greece — The Greek government is detaining migrants incommunicado at a secret extrajudicial location before expelling them to Turkey without due process, one of several hard-line measures taken to seal the borders to Europe that experts say violate international law. Several migrants said in interviews that they had been captured, stripped of their belongings, […]

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With No Braille Option, a Blind Man Failed His Citizenship Exam

Lucio Delgado was excited when he went to the post office last month to pick up an envelope from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Enclosed were the results of a citizenship test that Mr. Delgado, a 23-year-old green card holder from Mexico, thought he had aced. He and his sister, who accompanied him, opened the […]

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