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Cubans Crossing Into US Stunned to Hear of New Asylum Limits

YUMA, Ariz. — Migrants who entered the U.S. illegally under moonlit skies and waist-deep cold water Friday were devastated to learn they may be sent back to Mexico under expanded limits on the pursuit of asylum. About 200 migrants who walked in the dark for about an hour to surrender...

Asylum Rules Test Trump's Legal Skills to Make New Policy

SAN DIEGO — Critics of the Trump administration's most sweeping set of rules to restrict asylum in the United States sent in a deluge of comments opposing the effort, hoping an old law that serves as a check on presidential power will weaken or even doom it. Opponents submitted nearly...

Trump Quietly Shuts Down Asylum at US Borders to Fight Virus

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn't let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus. That confrontation in Texas came just days after the Trump administration quietly shut down the nation's asylum system for the first time in decades in...

Trump Mulls Sending All Who Cross Border Illegally to Mexico

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration is considering a plan to turn back all people who cross the border illegally from Mexico, two administration officials said Tuesday, using powers they say the president has during pandemics like the coronavirus outbreak to mount what would be one of the most aggressive...

Court Temporarily Halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

SAN DIEGO — Dealing a significant blow to a signature Trump administration immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government can no longer make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration courts. The same court, based in San Francisco, decided to...

Report: At Least 138 Sent From US to El Salvador Were Killed

WASHINGTON — At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the United States in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a report that comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here. A majority of the deaths documented by...

AP Exclusive: Border Apprehensions Drop 8 Straight Months

WASHINGTON — The number of border apprehensions has dropped for the eighth straight month, following crackdowns by the Trump administration that include forcing asylum seekers back over the U.S.-Mexico border to wait out their claims, a Homeland Security official said Monday. The official said the number of encounters with border...

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