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Trump signs immigration order on asylum

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Friday he has signed an immigration proclamation, an order that would help effectively ban migrants who cross the US border with Mexico illegally from qualifying for asylum. The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the US southern border illegally from seeking asylum. People have to come into the United States at points of entry, Trump said before leaving for Paris. The plan, which…

US to reconsider asylum for separated immigrant families

US President Donald Trump’s administration has agreed to reconsider the asylum claims of some 1,000 immigrant parents and children who were separated at the US border as part of a deal to settle lawsuits over his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The settlement, detailed in court documents late on Wednesday, represented a victory for rights groups that challenged Trump’s contentious family separation policy that was aimed at deterring illegal immigration. If approved by US District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego,…

Afghans need asylum, all should not bear blame for few crimes in Europe: UN

GENEVA: European countries must not rush to repatriate Afghan refugees to their increasingly insecure homeland or blame their community for isolated crimes such as recent deadly attacks in Germany and in France, the top UN refugee official said on Monday. Two Afghans have been detained in Germany on suspicion of killing a 22-year-old German man, the public prosecutor’s office said on Sunday. French police detained a man who wounded several people in a knife attack in central Paris on Sunday, police and judicial sources…

Missing Commonwealth Games athletes resurface, want asylum in Australia

SYDNEY: A number of African athletes who went missing from the Commonwealth Games last month have resurfaced seeking advice on gaining asylum in Australia, refugee advocates said Tuesday. More than a dozen were suspected of fleeing during the showpiece event on the Gold Coast. Among them were competitors from Rwanda, Uganda and Sierra Leone, while authorities have also been seeking to verify the whereabouts of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon -- one third of the central African country's 24-strong team. The…

Trump’s revised travel ban dealt first court setback

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States. The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian…

Canada has seen jump in asylum seekers from US: officials

OTTAWA: The number of migrants applying for refugee status in Canada after crossing the border from the United States has been rising since the beginning of the year, officials said Thursday.  "Canada has seen an increase in the number of asylum claims in January of this year, compared to the same time last year," the Canada Border Services Agency told a briefing. From January 1 to February 21, a total of about 4,000 people filed refugee claims, up from 2,500 during the same period last year. The figure includes…

Syrian president’s wife rejected offer of asylum

DAMASCUS: The wife of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview her husband's foes had offered her the chance to flee Syria in order to try to shake confidence in him, but that she had not left the country since the war erupted. Speaking in English to Russia's state-backed Rossiya 24 channel, Asma Assad, a London-born former investment banker, did not say who made the offers. But she said the people trying to get her to flee had not been Syrian and that their offers were "stupid." Reuters adds: "I've been…