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Trump’s policies at the border weren’t designed to keep out Mexican asylum seekers — until now

Trump’s policies at the border weren’t designed to keep out Mexican asylum seekers —...

The crisis at the southern United States border appears to be changing now that Mexico is sending more migrants to the US than any other country. For 18 months, the crisis could have been described as primarily one of families and unaccompanied children from Central America’s Northern Triangle region of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala…
Trump’s agreements in Central America could dismantle the asylum system as we know it

Trump’s agreements in Central America could dismantle the asylum system as we know it

The Trump administration has reached agreements with Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala that would require migrants on their way to the US to seek protections in those countries first, effectively cutting off their access to the American asylum system before they even reach the southern border. The terms permit the Trump administration to send migrants…
The Supreme Court has delivered a devastating blow to the US asylum system

The Supreme Court has delivered a devastating blow to the US asylum system

The US Supreme Court left the future of the US asylum system uncertain Wednesday night by allowing the Trump administration to proceed with its plan to bar most asylum seekers at the southern border while a lawsuit over the rule makes its way through the courts. The justices’ decision effectively reinstated a Trump administration rule…
The Supreme Court just let Trump close the Mexican border to nearly all asylum seekers

The Supreme Court just let Trump close the Mexican border to nearly all asylum...

The Supreme Court issued an unsigned order on Wednesday evening that effectively closes the United States’ southern border to nearly all Central American asylum seekers. The decision stays a lower court decision blocking a Trump administration policy that seeks to halt nearly all asylum applications from these migrants and allow the US government to require…
A controversial deal between US and Guatemala could reshape the asylum process

A controversial deal between US and Guatemala could reshape the asylum process

Shortly before a Supreme Court decision on Friday that handed President Donald Trump $2.5 billion for in border wall funding, he received another big win for his immigration agenda: a treaty designating Guatemala as safe for asylum-seekers. On Friday afternoon, the US and Guatemala signed an agreement that will direct Central American migrants who pass…
Vox Sentences: Raising the bar for asylum

Vox Sentences: Raising the bar for asylum

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Trump moves to drastically restrict who can seek asylum; Turkey’s purchase of a Russian defense system could ruin the…
The Trump administration is dramatically restricting who can seek asylum

The Trump administration is dramatically restricting who can seek asylum

The Trump administration plans to implement a sweeping new rule that would severely limit migrants’ ability to seek asylum in the United States, including those fleeing from Central America. The new policy, which would go into effect Tuesday, would bar people from requesting asylum protections in the United States if they did not first seek…
Vox Sentences: Trump wants asylum seekers to pay up

Vox Sentences: Trump wants asylum seekers to pay up

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Trump is trying to make seeking asylum even harder; the leader of ISIS resurfaces after rumors of his death.…
Judge tells Trump to stop sending Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico

Judge tells Trump to stop sending Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico

A federal judge in California ruled that the Trump administration can no longer return Central American asylum seekers to wait in Mexico before (and between) hearings in their asylum cases. The policy, known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols” or the “Remain in Mexico” policy, has resulted in more than 600 asylum seekers being sent back…
The Saudi teen who fled her family has been granted asylum in Canada

The Saudi teen who fled her family has been granted asylum in Canada

The Saudi teen whose pleas for asylum went viral after she fled from her family and escaped to Thailand earlier this week has been granted asylum in Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday that the country had accepted the United Nations request to give asylum to 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. “We have accepted…

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