From Reuters MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – In early June, asylum seeker Jose Munoz decided it was time to flee for his life – by getting deported from a Texas immigration detention center where coronavirus was sweeping through the population and going home to El Salvador. As the number of COVID-19 cases rose in the Houston […]

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Opinion by Luis Carrasco for the Houston Chronicle The newcomers were in the general population for only two days before they were transferred. One had a high fever and all four had been coughing. The guards said nothing as they moved them out, but the detainees’ dry hack told Danilo de León more than he […]

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The 7-2 ruling allows people to be deported without judicial review of their cases.

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The president has sought to curb both legal and illegal immigration, a central theme of his administration

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The administration proposed a rule this week that would raise the standard of proof for migrants hoping to obtain asylum and is expected to propose additional visa restrictions.

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From the New York Times The federal government received more than 4,500 complaints in four years about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities, including an increase in complaints while the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border was in place, the Justice Department revealed […]

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From the Washington Post The Trump administration’s emergency coronavirus restrictions have shut the U.S. immigration system so tight that since March 21 just two people seeking humanitarian protection at the southern border have been allowed to stay, according to unpublished U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data obtained by The Washington Post. Citing the threat to […]

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From CBS News María does not know what to do. Her request for U.S. asylum was denied. Her authorization to be in Mexico, contingent on having an ongoing U.S. immigration case, has expired. And now, the U.S. has sent her 10-year-old son alone to Honduras, where she fled an abusive partner who threatened to kill […]

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By Marcelo Suárez-Orozco for the Rational Middle Every day, we see news stories about COVID -19 wreaking terrible loss of life, untold suffering and economic mayhem, but there is another, less noticed casualty of this pandemic: rationality about immigration. As much as the response to the virus, immigration will be a defining issue of our times. Last […]

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From Texas Monthly In the weeks before coronavirus concerns were sweeping the state, the Trump administration was rolling out a pilot program in Houston that would use video hearings to speed up proceedings for immigrant children and help reduce a record backlog of more than 1.1 million cases nationwide. In early March, when the program […]

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From The New American Economy Many of our country’s industries are working under enormous and unprecedented stress, and they’re relying on immigrant workers to carry out essential services. Immigrants will continue to play a critical role in our nation’s response and recovery to the crisis, both economically and physically.  Immigrants and refugees are on the […]

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Trump’s senior adviser is reportedly pushing to leave immigrant children in the custody of border patrol for an extended period.

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From Texas Monthly Less than a mile away from the bridge that separates Matamoros from Brownsville, asylum seekers live in tents or makeshift shelters made from propped-up tarps, each one just a few inches or feet apart from the next. Clothes are strung up to dry between nearby trees or on the yellow safety barriers […]

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From The Hill U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily shutting down offices around the country in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  The agency said in a memo posted to its website on Tuesday that the closures would apply to its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers. The closures […]

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A court once again blocked a Trump policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, but then it put the ruling on pause.

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My family’s refugee story shows that we can have an immigration policy that is both sane and humane.

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Needing to see for ourselves what was going on, we ended up doing days of volunteer work with asylum seekers.

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It’s not just Mexicans: New U.S. immigration policies are stranding the world on America’s southern border.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is the first governor to opt out of the refugee program — and it’s not the first time. In 2016, citing nebulous security concerns, he formally withdrew the state from the refugee resettlement program. In that case, though, the federal government continued to place refugees in Texas, in collaboration with local agencies.

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