Tag: Asylum, Right of

Saudi Woman Who Fled Home Embraces All Things Canadian. (O.K., Maybe Not Winter.)

TORONTO — She wants to go to college to study architecture. She would like to take English classes. She is wondering about how to harness her newfound media stardom. But mostly, the celebrated Saudi-turned-Canadian-refugee Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun just wants to experience what it is like to be a teenager, free […]

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Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Whenever her father beat her, or bound her wrists and ankles to punish her for perceived disobedience, the Saudi teenager dreamed of escape, she said. As desperate as she was to leave, however, the same question always stopped her short: How would she get out? If she […]

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Saudi Woman Who Fled Family Flying to Canada

BANGKOK — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who feared death at the hands of her family if she were deported home from Thailand left for Canada on Friday, Thai officials said. The Thai immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, a police general, said Canada had granted asylum to the woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. […]

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Fleeing Saudi Woman Is Staying in Thailand for Now

BANGKOK — A young Saudi woman who fled her family and was facing deportation from Thailand won a brief reprieve Monday after she posted a short video from her barricaded hotel room asking for asylum. Thai immigration officials, who had said earlier that they would put her on a plane […]

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Migrants’ Despair Is Growing at U.S. Border. So Are Smugglers’ Profits.

REYNOSA, Mexico — As the human smugglers stalk the bus stations, migrant shelters and twisting streets of this Mexican border town, they have no trouble collecting clients like Julian Escobar Moreno. The Honduran migrant arrived in Reynosa, Mexico, intending to apply for asylum in the United States. But new policies […]

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The Price of Trump’s Migrant Deterrence Strategy: New Chaos on the Border

EL PASO — At a migrant shelter near the Mexican border, three girls from Guatemala — sisters aged 10, 9 and 6 — coughed and sniffled. One of them clung to both a teddy bear and a large bottle of Pedialyte, to soothe her dehydration and flu. The girls’ mother, […]

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As Migrants Cross English Channel, Numbers Are Small but Worry Is Big

LONDON — Day after day, news reports in Britain prominently feature migrants making the perilous trip across the English Channel in small boats, including a dozen who landed on Monday. Headlines and anti-immigration politicians call it a crisis, and the cabinet member in charge of migration policy has labeled it […]

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In Rebuke of Trump Policy, Judge Criticizes Asylum Seeker’s Detention

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Adou Kouadio, a citizen of Ivory Coast, arrived at the Texas border in early 2016 and asked for asylum, claiming that he had been threatened after supporting a political opponent of his country’s president. […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Revive Trump Policy Limiting Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday refused to revive a Trump administration initiative barring migrants who enter the country illegally from seeking asylum. The court was closely divided, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the four-member liberal wing in turning down the administration’s request for a stay […]

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None of Us Deserve Citizenship

Late last month, 19-year-old Maryury Elizabeth Serrano-Hernandez reportedly scaled a wall along the United States-Mexico border while eight months pregnant and gave birth within hours of placing her feet on American soil. She was part of a widely publicized Central American caravan and traveled more than 2,000 miles from Honduras […]

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Honduran Migrant Seen Fleeing Tear Gas With Her Toddlers Is Now in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — A Honduran woman who was photographed pulling her two toddlers to safety as she fled tear gas along the Mexican border has been provisionally admitted onto American soil and is now applying for asylum. The woman, Maria Meza, was allowed in to the border crossing at Otay […]

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Fact Check of the Day: Trump Makes Misleading Border Wall Claims Before Meeting With Democrats

A few hours ahead of a scheduled meeting with Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leaders in Congress, President Trump pushed a false narrative on Tuesday about the progress of a new wall along the country’s Southwest border. The wall — and funding for it — is […]

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With U.S. Soil Achingly Close, Decision Time for Caravan Migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico — The 30 migrants were huddled under a tree on a cold night as an American government helicopter hovered overhead, its searchlight sweeping the tree’s boughs and the hard earth around it. From where they crouched, the men, women and children could see American soil only yards away, […]

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Denmark Plans to Isolate Unwanted Migrants on a Small Island

COPENHAGEN — Denmark plans to house the country’s most unwelcome foreigners in a most unwelcoming place: a tiny, hard-to-reach island that now holds the laboratories, stables and crematory of a center for researching contagious animal diseases. As if to make the message clearer, one of the two ferries that serve […]

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For Mexico’s New President: Trouble on the Horizo // AMLO and Mexico Are in Trouble: Trouble Looms for Mexico’s New President

MEXICO CITY — Amid nervous financial markets, a buildup of thousands of Honduran migrants in Tijuana eager to enter the United States, pressure from the Trump administration on immigration and doubts over the eventual ratification of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement by the United States Congress, Andrés Manuel López […]

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Send Judges to the Border, Not Troops

Trying to stop immigrants as the Trump administration is doing — unilaterally, at the border and with tear gas and troops — is a sign of only one thing: failure. In fact, the administration’s response to the migrant caravan from Central America that recently arrived at the border with Mexico […]

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For Migrants on Both Sides of the Border, the One Constant Is a Long Wait

SAN DIEGO — In an overcrowded shelter at a sports complex south of the Mexican border, nearly 6,000 migrants from Central America have been waiting in increasingly squalid conditions — and with an increasing sense of desperation — to cross into the United States. On the other side of the […]

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Mexico’s New Leader Faces Clash With Trump Over Migrant Caravan

MEXICO CITY — The new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has built his entire political career on defending the poor. Now, days before he takes office, President Trump is testing how firmly he will live up to that. Thousands of migrants from Central America have amassed along the […]

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A Guatemalan Mother Could Lose Her Daughter, Because She’s an American

Vilma Carrillo was one of a group of migrant women flown to Texas in July from a detention center in Georgia to be reunited with their children, who had been separated from them as part of the Trump administration’s clampdown at the border. Over the next several days, she watched […]

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