Political refugees

FILE - In this July 4, 2019 file photo, a group of asylum seekers cross the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 8:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register,...
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Migrants rest on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat, as they sail off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on Thursday, July 4, 2019. An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said the health of the 54 migrants it rescued at sea is rapidly deteriorating, prompting fears of another standoff with Italy's populist government. Mediterranea Saving Humans said Friday in a tweet that its sailing boat ALEX was off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
July 15, 2019 - 5:41 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees said Monday that with half of 2019 gone, humanitarian organizations have received only 27% of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide this year. Norwegian Refugee Council secretary-general Jan Egeland...
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A boy dressed as a clown watches as the Martinez de Leon family console themselves as they mourn the murder of Carlos Alberto Martinez in Guatemala City, Friday, July 12, 2019. Rates of crime in Guatemala are very high. An average of 101 murders per week were reported in 2016, making the country's violent crime rate one of the highest in Latin America. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
July 12, 2019 - 8:05 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A potential agreement with Washington to turn Guatemala into a "safe third country" for asylum seekers has the Guatemalan opposition up in arms and experts scratching their heads. President Jimmy Morales is set to meet Monday in Washington with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019 file photo, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales talks with Canada's ambassador Rita Marija Rudaitis-Renaud during a welcome ceremony for ambassadors in Guatemala City. A potential agreement with Washington to turn Guatemala into a “safe third country” for asylum seekers has the Guatemalan opposition up in arms and experts scratching their heads. President Morales is set to meet Monday, July 15, in Washington with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, and officials there have said “safe third country” is on the table, though not a done deal. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
July 12, 2019 - 5:29 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A potential agreement with Washington to turn Guatemala into a "safe third country" for asylum seekers has the Guatemalan opposition up in arms and experts scratching their heads. President Jimmy Morales is set to meet Monday in Washington with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump,...
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A man identified by prosecutors as Medhane Yehdego Mered, an alleged human trafficking kingpin, sits behind the bars during a trial inside the Ucciardone bunker hall in the Sicilian town of Palermo, Italy, Friday, July 12, 2019. The Palermo court on Friday began deliberating the fate of six alleged migrant smugglers, including an Eritrean whose claims that his is a case of mistaken identity have garnered international attention. The defendant’s lawyer, Michele Calantropo, contends the defendant’s identity is Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre and that he’s innocent. (Igor Petty/ANSA via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 8:21 am
ROME (AP) — A court in Palermo, Sicily, on Friday began deliberating the fate of six people accused of migrant smuggling, including an Eritrean man whose claims of mistaken identity have garnered international attention. The defendant's lawyer, Michele Calantropo, said it was unclear when the court...
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In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, gestures as he is briefed by Bangladesh foreign minister A.K.Abdul Momen, right during a vist to the Kutupalong Rohingya refugees camp in the southern coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Ban has expressed concern that monsoon floods could threaten the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/ Al-emrun Garjon)
July 11, 2019 - 1:36 pm
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern that monsoon floods could threaten the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in Bangladesh. Ban, who was visiting in his role as head of The Hague-based Global Commission on Adaptation to climate...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, from right, from Oregon, speaks to the media along with U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, center, D-Md., U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., in front of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector's Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. A book by Sen. Merkley on the treatment of refugees at the Texas border is coming next month. The publisher is calling “America Is Better Than This” a “cry of outrage.” Merkley made headlines when he traveled to Texas in 2018 and streamed his efforts to gain entry to a migrant facility. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP, File)
July 09, 2019 - 7:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Sen. Jeff Merkley on the treatment of refugees at the Texas border is coming out next month. The publisher is calling "America Is Better Than This" a "cry of outrage." Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, made headlines when he traveled to Texas in 2018 and streamed his efforts to...
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July 09, 2019 - 6:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Sen. Jeff Merkley on the treatment of refugees at the Texas border is coming next month. The publisher is calling "America Is Better Than This" a "cry of outrage." Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, made headlines when he traveled to Texas in 2018 and streamed his efforts to...
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This undated photo provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday, July 5, 2019 shows a drawing by a migrant child at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The release of the pictures follows a government watchdog report warning about overcrowded South Texas facilities holding migrant families. (American Academy of Pediatrics via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 5:29 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief said Monday she was "appalled" by the conditions migrants and refugees face in U.S. detention facilities, intensifying a challenge to the Trump administration's immigration policies. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle...
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This undated photo provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday, July 5, 2019 shows a drawing by a migrant child at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The release of the pictures follows a government watchdog report warning about overcrowded South Texas facilities holding migrant families. (American Academy of Pediatrics via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 4:23 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief said Monday she was "appalled" by the conditions migrants and refugees face in U.S. detention facilities, intensifying a challenge to the Trump administration's immigration policies. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle...
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