US officials prepping legislation to revamp asylum system

President Joe Biden talks with US Border Patrol agents as they walk along a stretch of the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Jan 8, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden's administration is developing a sweeping bill that would revamp the country's asylum system to speed up the resolution of claims […]

First migrants cross into US from Mexico using mobile app

Mexican authorities keep watch as migrants descend from a tractor-trailer where they were transported to the US at a checkpoint in Chiapa de Corzo, in Chiapas state, Mexico Jan 18, 2023. (JACOB GARCIA / REUTERS) CIUDAD JUAREZ/MEXICO CITY – Migrants on Mexico's northern border on Wednesday began entering the United States using a mobile app […]

Biden steps up migrant expulsions amid pressure

Haitian migrants who hope to apply for asylum in the US wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Dec 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (FERNANDO LLANO / AP) WASHINGTON – The United States will expand Trump-era restrictions to rapidly […]

Mexican president slams US Republicans over migrants

In this file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presents his fourth year government report at the National Palace in Mexico City, Sept 1, 2022. (MARCO UGARTE / AP) MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday criticized the "inhumane" treatment of migrants by US Republicans, saying he would propose to […]

Frustration among migrants at US-Mexico border

Migrants gather at a crossing into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Dec 20, 2022. (CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ / AP) CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico / WASHINGTON – When Vladimir Castellanos learned that COVID-19 restrictions blocking him and other migrants from claiming asylum at the US border with Mexico may not be terminated this week, […]

UN chief urges protection of migrants

In this Oct 12, 2022 file photo, migrants sail after boarding a smuggler's boat on the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, northern France, in an attempt to cross the English Channel. (SAMEER Al-DOUMY / AFP) UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for the protection and respect of migrants, who he described […]

Migrants tell of mass kidnappings in Mexico

Migrants wait in line for clothes and supplies in a makeshift migrant camp in the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico on July 10, 2021. (PAUL RATJE / AFP) CIUDAD JUAREZ — Many of the hundreds of migrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez into El Paso this week were part of a […]

UN urges EU to focus on safety of Mediterranean migrants

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaks to the media prior to the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony, in Geneva on Oct 10, 2022. (STEFAN WERMUTH / POOL / AFP) GENEVA – The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday called on the European Union (EU) to put safety […]

Greece rescues hundreds of migrants adrift on fishing boat

Hellenic Red Cross rescuers and health workers stand by a boat carrying some 400 refugees and migrants at the town of Paleochora, southwestern Crete island on November 22, 2022, following a rescue operation. (Costas METAXAKIS / AFP) ATHEN — Greece rescued hundreds of migrants on Tuesday after the fishing boat they were travelling on issued […]

Migrants flee suffocating people-smuggling trailer in Mexico

Migrants who where heading in a caravan to the US, travel in a truck in Nuevo Morelos, Jesus Carranza municipality, Veracruz state, Mexico, on Nov 17, 2021. (CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP) ACAYUCAN, Mexico – Mexican authorities rescued nearly 100 migrants who escaped from a stifling trailer being driven by a people smuggler in the coastal […]