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In victory for Trump, top U.S. court permits asylum restrictions

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The US Supreme Court's decision – temporarily in effect while lower court proceedings play out – is a victory for Trump's restrictive immigration policies

SEPARATED. Asylum seeker children from Mexico and Central America play at Juventud 2000 migrant shelter in Tijuana on June 20, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

As U.S. agents prepare to arrest 'thousands,' migrants live in fear

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Thousands of undocumented migrants wait in fear ahead of nationwide raids that could have them expelled from the United States

JUSTICE FOR KIDS. People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

A shocking photo of the lifeless bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in the Rio Grande has fueled concern and outrage around the world

FATHER-DAUGHTER. The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (left) and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. Photo by Marco Rodriguez/AFP

U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:56 AM

John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, says in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner on July 5

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

U.S. judge deals blow to Trump's border wall plans

May 25, 2019 - 4:26 PM

A US federal judge issues a temporary injunction against using Defense Department funds to pay for barriers on the border between the US and Mexico

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 5, 2019 US Customs and Border Patrol cars are seen near the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, California. - The resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, announced by US President Donald Trump on April 7, 2019, underscored the failure of President Trump to halt uncontrolled immigration, one of the key promises of his presidency. More than two years after he took office, tens of thousands of mostly Central Americans flood across the southern US border each month, requesting asylum so that they cannot immediately be sent back home. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

US lawmakers announce tentative deal on wall, shutdown

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) The agreement in principle, with nearly $1.4 billion in money for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, is far less than Trump had demanded

TRUMP IN EL PASO. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on February 11, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico demands U.S. probe on use of force against migrants

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Around 100 migrants are involved in the New Year's border crossing attempt

PROBE. Central American migrants run away from tear gas thrown by the US border patrol, after they tried to cross from Tijuana to San Diego in the US, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on January 1, 2019. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Body of Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody returns home

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal while in United States custody reignites a debate on immigration policy and the treatment of migrants

Migration crisis hits Americas, reaches U.S. border in 2018

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Latin Americans have long migrated to the United States – half a million Central Americans cross Mexico each year to chase their American dreams – but they used to do it in secret

CARAVAN. Central American migrants – mostly Hondurans – moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk in the Mexican border city of Mexicali, Baja California state on their way to Tijuana, Mexico, on November 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

U.S. agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross from Mexico

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Border officials in San Diego, California, say on Twitter they temporarily closed the San Ysidro crossing point – one of the busiest between the two countries – to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The order was lifted some hours later.

BLOCKED. Mexican Police officers block the way to Central American migrants wanting to reach the El Chaparral border crossing close to the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

U.S. to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official calls the 'historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system' along the border with Mexico

ASYLUM. In this file photo, US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in U.S.

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The US government comes under fierce international criticism for forcibly separating thousands of families, most of them from Central America

SEPARATION. Guatemalan Elsa Ortiz, who was deported from the US in June, holds a videoconference with her son Antony Tovar Ortiz who remains in the United States, as she asks to have him back while demonstrating outside the hotel where US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and authorities from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, are holding a meeting in Guatemala City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

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Trump says U.S. not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States,' President Donald Trump says. 'Not on my watch.'

US BORDER. People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images/AFP

Nearly 2,000 minors split from parents at border in 6 weeks – U.S.

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:26 PM

US President Donald Trump says 'the drama could drag on'

BORDER. US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018.  Herika Martinez/AFP

Trump defends border policy as UN says childrens' rights violated

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the 'zero tolerance' policy is legal and necessary to deter the thousands of families crossing the border and asking for asylum each month

BORDER POLICY. The Trump administration defends its policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents. File photo by AFP

Trump outraged over Mexico migrant 'caravan'

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:15 PM

President Donald Trump threatens to abrogate NAFTA while demanding Congress to pass tougher immigration legislation and support his plan for a wall along the Mexican frontier

IMMIGRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8, 2017. File photo by Laurent Fievet and Lee Jin-man/AFP

Trump, in California, warns of 'bedlam' without border wall

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'For the people who say 'no wall' – if you didn't have walls over here, you wouldn't even have a country,' US President Donald Trump says near the border in San Diego

BORDER. US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mexicans form 'human wall' along U.S. border to protest Trump

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Under the watchful eye of US Border Patrol officers protestors form a human barrier of nearly 1 5 kilometers

PROTEST. People from Ciudad Juarez carrying flowers protest against the politics of US President Donald Trump along the Rio Bravo, in the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on February 17, 2017. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

ISIS seizes Iraqi side of key Syria border crossing

May 24, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The group seizes the Syrian side known as Al Tanaf leaving Iraqi forces guarding the remote outpost in Anbar province very vulnerable

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Governor Rick Perry has taken a hard line against immigrant children seeking to enter the United States from Central America

Governor of Texas Rick Perry in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 07 March 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA