Germany in political crisis as coalition talks collapse

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:13 AM

(UPDATED) The talks, which turned increasingly acrimonious, stumbles on issues including the divisive matter of immigration

FACING A CRISIS. In this photo, German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

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Duterte wants U.S. lawmakers critical of drug war on immigration blacklist

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

If he can't stop them from entering the country, President Duterte says he will 'protest' their visit and meet them at the Philippine airport to show his disapproval

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, relays the key points of his keynote address during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. The President cited that while globalization has its benefits, it has somehow stunted the growth of some developing countries. He went on to suggest that highly-developed countries should give more opportunities to MSMEs especially from developing countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump vows crackdown after New York attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) Trump pledges sweeping changes to curb immigration and later calls for the attacker to be put to death

PRIME SUSPECT. This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections in the midwestern US state of Missouri on October 31, 2017 shows Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed 8 people in New York on October 31, 2017. St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections/AFP

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ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Canada to boost immigration to 1M over 3 years

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:11 AM

The arrivals – in economic and family categories, as well as refugees – would push up the population of Canada by about 0.9% each year

MAPLE LEAF FLAG. A Canada flag flies in the wind on Centre Court during Day 1 of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre on July 25, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Tense standoff at Australia asylum-seeker camp

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hundreds of fearful refugees are urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea, as conditions worsened with power and water cut off in a tense standoff

STANDOFF. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

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Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ puts UST's Divina on immigration lookout over Atio Castillo case

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:36 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the names in the lookout order check out with the names that appear in the group chat of Aegis Juris alumni who held a meeting when Castillo was killed

LOOKOUT. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina, also an alumnus of Aegis Juris fraternity, is on the immigration lookout order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S.-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:20 AM

The new measures come as President Donald Trump's administration works to toughen controls on refugees and immigrants amid security worries

LINING UP. In this file photo, passengers queue up as they arrive at the departures area at Manila's international airport on March 23, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

U.S. judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:28 AM

The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Senate to allow BI to use express lane fees for overtime pay in 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the same provision in the 2017 budget, leading to the mass resignation and leave of immigration personnel

Trump's migration demands throw Dreamer deal into doubt

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Trump presents Congress with a list of hardline immigration demands as a quid-pro-quo for protecting the so-called 'Dreamers'

In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Trump sends Congress immigration legislation priorities

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The list, which also includes preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families to move to the US, draws immediate fire from Democratic leaders in Congress, who said it goes 'far beyond what is reasonable'

IMMIGRATION PROTEST. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act, near the Trump Tower in New York on October 5, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Marilou Danley leaves Philippines for Los Angeles

Oct 04, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Australian citizen Marilou Danley left the Philippines in the evening of October 3, the Bureau of Immigration says

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new U.S. travel ban

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Sudan, one of 6 majority-Muslim countries on the original travel ban, is removed from the list, leaving 8 nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States

AIRPORT ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

UK restaurant jobs unfilled as EU workers leave

Sep 24, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Leaked government proposals for restricting the stay of low-skilled EU workers to just two years, would be 'catastrophic' for the industry, according to trade body, the British Hospitality Association

KITCHEN PREP. A chef prepares food in Charlotte's W5 restaurant in Ealing, west London on September 19, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Two years after the controversy in the Iglesia ni Cristo broke out, ex-members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono have filed refugee claims in Canada. One has been successful so far.

SEEKING PROTECTION. Ex-INC members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono seek protection in Canada.

4 more Aegis Juris fraternity members placed on immigration lookout list

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 20 the number of frat men on the lookout list as authorities probe the hazing death of UST student Horacio Castillo III

HAZING VICTIM. Horacio Castillo III died due to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing initiation rites by Aegis Juris fraternity. Photo of Castillo from his Facebook page

16 Aegis Juris fratmen on immigration lookout

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Justice Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order includes John Paul Solano, the principal suspect in the death of law student Horacio Castillo III

VICTIM. Horacio Castillo III died due to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing initiation rites by Aegis Juris fraternity. Photo of Castillo from his Facebook page

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Robin Padilla claims dragon tattoo is reason he couldn't leave the country

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The actor says he is not afraid should the Senate ask him to appear at a hearing

U.S. Supreme Court keeps tight refugee ban in place

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Justices accept the administration s emergency petition to stay a ruling by the San Francisco Appeals Cour that would have allowed thousands of refugees already in the pipeline to come to the United States despite the ban

Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Salary woes still hound Immigration workers. Where's the solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Justice rely on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Law which is just set to undergo 2nd reading at the House of Representatives

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

Police arrest Harvard, Boston school professors at DACA protests

Sep 08, 2017 - 9:36 AM

University students faculty and staff march to protest the end of an amnesty program that protects about 800 000 young immigrants in the US

Protest rally at Harvard for DACA. Photo by Melvyn Calderon

Immigration reform divides America again

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:18 PM

US immigration levels are similar to those in 1890 with one change: Most immigrants are from Asia and Latin America not Europe

People look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

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10,000 Filipinos face U.S. deportation as Trump ends amnesty

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Prepare for the worst Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says after US President Donald Trump ended the DACA amnesty for young immigrants

OPPOSING TRUMP. Immigrants and supporters stage a rally and march in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to end DACA on September 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, USA. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Asylum detainees awarded $56-M in Australia class action

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Asylum seekers and refugees held in a remote Pacific camp are awarded Aus 70 million 56 million for being illegally detained and treated negligently

In this file photo, asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Friday, March 21, 2014. Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS/AFP

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Mexico condemns Trump's decision to end immigrant amnesty

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:51 AM

Presidnet Enrique Pena Nieto: The Mexican government will urge US authorities to find a swift permanent solution that gives legal certainty to the young people of DACA

SUPPORTING DACA. 'Dreamers' protest against the cancellation of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program in front of US embassy in Mexico City on September 5, 2017.  Yuri Cortez/AFP

Q&A: What happens to 'Dreamers' after Trump revokes their residence rights?

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:30 AM

What s next for the Dreamers ?

KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER. Immigrants and supporters demonstrate during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Hotel on September 5, 2017 in Washington DC. Paul J Richards/AFP

Trump holds the fate of 800,000 young immigrants in his hands

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:01 PM

The prospects of a badly divided Congress reaching a compromise in months on a subject that has eluded agreement for years – immigration – seem dim

Young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

Trump to end protections for young immigrant 'Dreamers' – report

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:21 PM

Donald Trump has decided to end a popular program that shields hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation while deferring enforcement for 6 months Politico reports

SAVE DACA. Hundreds of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally and march to Trump Tower in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA on August 30, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trudeau warns 'no short-cutting' in Canada's asylum process

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:05 AM

You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly You must follow the rules and there are many Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells migrants

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers process refugees who crossed the border illegally near Hemmingford, Quebec, August 5, 2017. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 4 promised that his government would redouble its efforts to handle the influx of migrants illegally entering the country from the United States to seek asylum. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins

U.S. to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia – embassy

Aug 21, 2017 - 5:51 PM

The US embassy in Moscow will also cease issuing visas to citizens of Belarus – which does not have a US embassy – and they will now be redirected to Kiev Warsaw and Vilnius

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PH grants visas on arrival to Chinese nationals

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Those entitled to the privilege are members of tour groups of DOT accredited operators businessmen backed by business groups and government agencies athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:38 AM

At least 35 minors including a baby are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

RESCUED. Would-be immigrants rest after being rescued in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, in the port of Tarifa, on August 16, 2017. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

'Escalating crisis' as Pacific refugee camp closure looms – UN

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The death on Manus Island of a 28 year old Iranian refugee highlights the precarious situation for vulnerable people there the UN Refugee Agency says

Asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014.  Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS via AFP

Southeast Asia MPs urge Malaysia to halt migrant crackdown

Aug 07, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Authorities started rounding up illegal workers after an official program to register undocumented foreigners ended on June 30

CRACKDOWN. In this picture taken late July 11, 2017, detained foreign workers board a truck following a raid by Malaysian immigration authorities at a construction site in Port Dickson. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

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Mayor Parojinog's brother on immigration lookout

Aug 04, 2017 - 2:13 PM

There is a strong possibility that the foregoing personality may attempt to place himself beyond the reach of the legal processes Aguirre says

LOOKOUT. Ricardo Parojinog is put on the immigration lookout as government continues to investigate members of the Parojinog clan for drug links. Photo from the Misamis Occidental Provincial Government website

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Trump backs stiff curbs on legal immigration

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:16 AM

Trump backs proposals that would reform the process of obtaining a US green card by introducing a points based system favoring skilled anglophone workers

NEW ARRIVAL. An international traveler leaves the Customs and Immigration area of Dulles International Airport (IAD) June 29, 2017, outside Washington, DC, in Dulles, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP