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More Migrants Are Crossing the Border This Year. What’s Changed?

President Trump has tried to halt the arrival of undocumented migrants by beefing up border security, limiting who qualifies for asylum and, for a while, separating migrant children from their parents at the border. However, figures released on Tuesday suggest that those measures are failing to deter tens of thousands […]

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Mexico Is Carrying Out Trump’s Agenda Along Much of the Border

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials are carrying out the Trump administration’s immigration agenda across broad stretches of the border, undercutting the Mexican government’s promises to defend migrants and support their search for a better life. The Mexican authorities are blocking groups of migrants at border towns, refusing to allow them […]

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With Trump’s Tough Deterrents, Many Asylum Seekers on the Border are Giving Up

TIJUANA, Mexico — Pushed beyond their limits by prolonged waits in dangerous and squalid conditions in parts of Northern Mexico, thousands of caravan members who had been waiting to seek asylum in the United States appear to have given up, Mexican officials said, dealing President Trump an apparent win after […]

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The Democrats’ Latest Political Gimmick on Immigration

As congressional negotiators wrestled their way toward a compromise bill to fund the federal government this week, one sticking point emerged: the demand by Democrats to sharply reduce the number of beds for immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And while the details are complicated, Democrats claim that the […]

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Trump’s New Policy Takes Effect, and First Asylum Seeker Is Sent Back to Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico — A new Trump administration policy forcing certain asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in the United States took effect on Tuesday, when American officials ushered the first such migrant through a Southern California border gate into northern Mexico. The migrant, a 55-year-old […]

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Trump’s Border Wall for Asylum Seekers

Every day, the same scene plays out in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. Mixed into the flow of students, commuters and travelers are asylum-seeking families, arriving at their final destination, the entrance to the United States port of entry. The families drop the required 4 pesos into the […]

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U.S. to Begin Blocking Asylum Seekers From Entering Over Mexican Border

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it would start blocking a small number of asylum seekers from entering the United States from Mexico, using the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego as the first location to turn back immigrants applying for refugee status. The policy to block […]

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G.O.P. Bill to End Shutdown Draws Protests Over Asylum Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised as early as Tuesday to act on a Trump-backed measure to end the partial government shutdown, but a bill promoted as a compromise to pair the president’s wall with legal protections for some immigrants would also severely restrict migrants’ ability to claim asylum, drawing […]

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Trump Worsens the Border Crisis

EL PASO — Over the last month, I have traveled in three congressional delegations to El Paso and southern New Mexico. We heard from federal law enforcement, toured detention centers and Border Patrol stations, and listened to human rights and legal advocates who have worked with migrants for decades. Some […]

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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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