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At least 1,300 migrants escape from Mexican detention center

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The National Institute of Migration says 700 returned soon after leaving, but around 600 others were unaccounted for

TAPACHULA DETENTION CENTER. Mexican Federal police stand guard at an immigration detention center after a group of mainly Cuban migrants escaped, in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico on April 25, 2019. Photo by Damian Sanchez/AFP

Mar Roxas: Stop ‘automatic’ visas for Chinese

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Bureau of Immigration started granting visas on arrival to ‘qualified’ Chinese nationals in 2017

CHINESE WORKERS. Opposition senatorial bet Mar Roxas says the Philippine government must stop its visas-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[OPINION] Life in Toronto, and the tinge of sadness that remains

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

A former Manileño reflects on the joy and loneliness of being an immigrant

350 migrants force their way into into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:15 PM

"Today at 3:30 am," says the National Migration Institute, "a group of approximately 350 people broke violently across the Mexican border from Guatemala."

CARAVAN. Central American migrants heading in caravan to the US rest at the park Hidalgo in Tapachula in Mexico on April 12, 2019. Photo by Pep Companys / AFP

Finland populists eye election upset as anti-immigrant feeling rises

Apr 13, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The Finns Party's election manifesto, released after the arrests, goes into detail about a perceived security risk posed by immigrants, particularly in the areas of sexual assault and terrorism.

CAMPAIGN. A container of the Finns Party campaigning for parliamentary elections stands on the Narinkkatori Square in Helsinki, Finland, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Trump says could send illegal migrants to 'sanctuary cities'

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities," tweets President Trump

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2017 migrant rights groups look on during a vigil to protest against US President Donald Trump's new crackdown on "sanctuary cities", outside the City Hall in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mark Ralston / AFP

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Immigration bureau personnel allegedly tell Korean nationals they are 'fundraising' for the senatorial campaign of former Duterte aide Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Xian Gaza airport story fake news – Immigration

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Bureau of Immigration says there were no warrants of arrest against controversial social media personality Xian Gaza when he left the country in 2018

FAKE NEWS? Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval that Xian Gaza's departure from the Philippines was 'nothing out of the ordinary.' Photo from Xian Gaza's Facebook account

U.S. Homeland Security chief Nielsen resigns

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:59 AM

US president Donald Trump reportedly blamed Kirstjen Nielsen for a recent surge in the number of migrants crossing the southern border and felt she wasn't tough enough to implement his crackdown

RESIGNS. In this file photo taken on October 12, 2017, Kirstjen Nielsen listens as US President Donald Trump nominates her as next US Secretary of Homeland Security in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Sunday, April 7, 2019 announced Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the front-line defender of the administration's controversial immigration policies, would leave her position. "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service," Trump tweeted.  Mandel NGAN / AFP

Trump at Mexico border: the U.S. is 'full'

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US President Donald Trump sees his campaign against 'illegal immigrants crisis' on the border as key to his 2020 reelection bid

U.S. fugitive wanted on child porn charges arrested in Pampanga

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The arrest follows a nearly two-year search for Joel Aquino Pasay, who was indicted in May of 2017 for the receipt of child pornography

Korean drug smuggler arrested in Caloocan

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Lee Yun-sung, 49, is facing arrest warrants from at least 3 different South Korean courts for drug smuggling

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No decision made on spending for Trump's wall – Pentagon chief

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:11 AM

'We have not made any decisions. ... There has been no determination by me,' says Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

BORDER WALL? A US Customs and Border Protection helicopter flies over the border wall during a safety drill in the Anapra area in Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States, across from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on January 31, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

PH Immigration jails Chinese student who threw taho at cop

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Immigration authorities arrest and detain 23-year-old Zhang Jiale for purposes of deporting an ‘undesirable alien’

DETAINED. Immigration authorities detain Zhang Jiale for the purpose of deporting the 'undesirable alien.' Earlier mugshot courtesy of Mandaluyong police

Foreign student who threw taho at cop indicted for direct assault

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard Dumlao says Zhang Jiale's action is considered 'deliberate and serious defiance' of a cop who was performing his duties

INDICTED. Foreign student Zhang Jiale throws a cup of taho at Police Officer I William Cristobal. File photo from Mandaluyong police

BI lawyers seek deportation of taho-throwing foreign student

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says the taho-throwing incident, which he called a display of arrogance, 'shows disrespect to the country'

TAHO INCIDENT. Foreign student Zhang Jiale could soon be deported from the Philippines for throwing taho at a policeman. Photo from Mandaluyong police

Bureau of Immigration sets stricter work permit requirements for foreigners

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:06 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says it will not grant work permits to foreigners seeking blue-collar jobs to ensure that they don't 'take away jobs' from Filipino workers

STRICTER RULES. The Bureau of Immigration has imposed stricter work permit requirements for foreigners. Photo by Jae Maryanol

PH immigration on heightened alert after Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Foreigners ‘who cannot satisfactorily explain their purpose in coming here are to be turned back and booked on the first available flight to their port of origin’

BOMBINGS. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Sombero asks Supreme Court to stop immigration plunder case

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Wally Sombero, the alleged middleman in the bribery of immigration officials, appeals for a temporary restraining order to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan

PLUNDER. Wenceslao "Wally" Sombero surrenders to the Philippine National Police (PNP) NCRPO Director Oscar Agbayalde at Camp Crame on on April 11, 2018 after the Sandiganbayan ordered his arrest over the Immigration bribery plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New caravan crosses Guatemala, first migrants enter Mexico

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:49 AM

The migrants are mostly fleeing poverty and crime in Central America's 'Northern Triangle' – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NEW CARAVAN. Honduran migrants heading to the United States with a second caravan travel aboard a truck in Rio Bravo, Suchitepequez 130 km south of Guatemala City, on January 17, 2019. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Probe into Tony Labrusca 'procedural' – immigration

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

But the actor has also reportedly filed a petition to be recognized as a Filipino citizen which, if granted, would render deportation cases moot

IMMIGRATION TROUBLE. Tony Labrusca makes waves for all the wrong reasons. Photo from Tony Labrusca's Instagram

Immigration puts Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo on lookout list

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

8 other personalities are also on the lookout

ALLEGED MASTERMIND. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of hiring a private armed group to kill AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

'Unglorious': Netizens outraged over Tony Labrusca’s airport outburst

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Netizens say that what the actor did at the immigration desk was wrong, but shaming him for his alleged sexual orientation is a low blow

UNGLORIUS. Netizens slam Tony Labrusca's behavior towards immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport but called on netizens to stay relevant when talking about the issue.

Tony Labrusca apologizes to immigration officer over airport incident

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'My biggest mistake perhaps was letting my emotion get the better of me and again, I'm sorry,' says Tony

Tony Labrusca prompts immigration warning on limits of Balikbayan privilege

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The ‘Glorious’ actor Tony Labrusca reportedly makes a scene at the airport after he is given only 30 days to stay in the country

AIRPORT OUTBURST. Actor Tony Labrusca reportedly makes a scene at the airport when Immigration Officers only grant him 30-day stay at the Philippines for being an American passport holder. Photo by Rappler

2nd Guatemalan migrant child dies in U.S. custody

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The Guatemalan government has called on the US to conduct a clear investigation into how the child died

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

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The priest allegedly abused altar boys, who were between the ages of 7 and 12, in his residence and warned them they would go to prison if they told anyone about the molestation

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

White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) A visibly angry Donald Trump has called reporter Jim Acosta a 'rude, terrible person,' after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a news conference

CLASH. US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. midterms: Key factors of the 2018 elections

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Here are the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country

ISSUES. AFP looks into the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country. Shutterstock; Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Border file photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP; Shooting file photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Australian missionary Sister Fox will leave the Philippines – for now

Oct 31, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Bureau of Immigration requires Sister Patricia Fox to leave by Saturday, November 3

SISTER PAT SAYS FAREWELL. Sister Patricia Fox will leave the Philippines as the Bureau of Immigration denies her an extension of her tourist visa which expires November 3. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sister Fox now just a tourist after PH downgrades her visa

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Sister Patricia Fox, the Australian nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, is given 59 days to stay as tourist in the Philippines

DEPORTATION CASE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on May 24, 2018, about the Bureau of Immigration's deportation order against her. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels – White House

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

US Customs and Border Protection says it has apprehended 16,658 people who arrived in the country in families last month, some 900 more than August and nearly 12,000 more than September one year ago

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Philippines deports alleged ISIS commander

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Egyptian Fehmi Lassoued is also placed on the Bureau of Immigration's blacklist to prevent him from reentering the Philippines

Photo by PNP/PIO

Tens of thousands stage anti-racism march in Berlin

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:30 AM

The march is partly in response to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party

PROTEST. Demonstrators walk during a major demonstration for an open and caring society organised by the action group "Unteilbar" (indivisible) on October 13, 2018 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

France-Italy tensions as ministers meet on immigration

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Italian leader Matteo Salvini has singled out French President Emmanuel Macron for criticism in recent weeks, as well as other EU leaders he considers too soft on immigration

ON IMMIGRATION. French Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe urges far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini to drop his 'posturing' on immigration. File photo from Philippe's Twitter account

It’s final: Sister Fox can’t renew missionary visa

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Bureau of Immigration now requires Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox to apply for a 59-day tourist visa, or else she faces a second deportation case

DEPORTATION CASE. Will Australian nun Sister Patricia become the 4th foreign missionary deported under President Rodrigo Duterte? Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH to deport Chinese, Korean nationals in bitcoin scam

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The suspects convinced victims to purchase non-existent bitcoin with promise of investment returns

Legarda pushes new law to raise salary of immigration workers

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Senators assure Bureau of Immigration officials that they will be allowed to use the express lane fund to augment the salaries of immigration employees in 2019

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Philippines blocks entry of suspected ISIS trainer

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Suspected Islamic State trainer Naeem Hussain, a 36-year-old Pakistani, makes a second failed attempt to enter the Philippines this year

INTERCEPTED. A suspected ISIS trainer is booked on a flight out of the Philippines after he is intercepted at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. File photo from Clark International Airport website

Troy Rike just wants to be left alone after Immigration arrest

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:55 PM

NU Bulldogs star Troy Rike admits his mental state isn't in peak form after getting detained by the Bureau of Immigration

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH to help OFWs hit by proposed green card restrictions

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We'd like to work with the US. We have a special relationship,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

TOP OFFICIALS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (center) and his undersecretaries, Jose Luis Montales (left) and Sarah Lou Arriola (right), attend a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Proposed U.S. law to clamp down on green card holders on benefits

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The US Department of Homeland Security estimates the rule will affect just over 382,200 immigrants applying to adjust their status to lawful permanent residents each year

Sister Fox appeals denial of missionary visa extension

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox remains hopeful about the legal process – especially after the guilty verdict against retired Major General Jovito Palparan

IMMIGRATION WOES. Sister Patricia Fox is the 72-year-old Australian nun that the Bureau of Immigration has ordered deported for allegedly engaging in political activities. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appears at the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines to deport 'most wanted criminal' of Taiwan

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:35 PM

American fugitive Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is accused of chopping up and dumping in a river the body of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher in Taiwan

FOR DEPORTATION. American national Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is set to be deported back to Taiwan over the murder of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher. Photo of Mayer from the BI Fugitive Search Unit

US moves to remove limits on detaining immigrant children

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The Department of Homeland Security files a proposal in the Federal Register indicating it would end its adherence to the Flores Settlement, a 1997 agreement with a federal court to not detain children separated from their parents for more than 20 days

CHILDREN'S FATE. This June 21, 2018 file photo shows security personal standing before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Migration truce shatters in Germany after mob violence

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Angela Merkel's hardline interior minister Horst Seehofer defends protests marred by neo-Nazi violence and blasted immigration as 'the mother of all political problems'

MERKEL AND SEEHOFER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer talk prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on August 29, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP