Immigration

Canada tries to strip citizenship from man accused of butchering villagers

OTTAWA –Canada is moving to strip citizenship from a man accused of slaughtering villagers in Guatemala using a grenade, gun and sledgehammer. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes concealed his brutal role in a 1982 massacre by the Guatemalan military in obtaining Canadian citizenship a decade later, the federal government says in newly filed court documents. Sosa …

Family of pregnant Canadian stuck in Gaza implores Ottawa to help with exit docs

MONTREAL—A Canadian woman who is eight months pregnant and stuck in Gaza as she tries to get an exit visa says she’s just trying to stay positive. “Since I’ve known I was pregnant, I’ve wanted to go back to Canada and give birth there,” Bissan Eid, 24, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s safer …

Syrian refugees see glimmer of hope in Trump’s policy shift

KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq –For the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements, the chemical attack on a town in northern Syria and subsequent U.S. strike was a rare moment when the world turned its attention to Syria, before turning away again. Some cheered the U.S. cruise missiles that hit an air base in central Syria –the first …

Canada to fast-track work permits for skilled foreign workers

OTTAWA—Canada is making it easier for companies to hire highly skilled foreign talent by fast-tracking work-permit applications through a new initiative, the federal government has announced. Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the “Global Talent Stream” will identify qualified high-demand occupations, help Canadian companies complete the application process to hire top foreign talent and prepare …

Illegal crossings at US southern border down in 1st month of Trump presidency

MOSCOW—The number of illegal crossings at the southern US border went down 40 percent in the first month of US President Donald Trump being in office, the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) revealed. “From January to February, the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons …

300,000 Filipinos face deportation from the US

Earlier this year, special envoy to the U.S Babe Romualdez said that there could be at least 310,000 Filipinos up for deportation. Although not included in the travel ban, undocumented Filipinos are still at risk as the Trump Administration launched an intensive campaign against illegal immigrants. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay confirmed this on Tuesday …

Migrant arrivals to Italy register record high in 2017

ROME— Over 15,000 migrants and refugees arrived to Italy since the beginning of 2017, marking a new record high in the migration inflows from Africa, Italian authorities said on Monday. More specifically, some 15,844 people were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and brought to the country between Jan. 1 and March 6, according to the …

Trump signs new travel ban, excluding Iraq from list

WASHINGTON—US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning nationals of six Muslim-majority countries to enter the country, excluding Iraq from the list of a previous ban. The new document maintained a 90-day ban on nationals of Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Iran and Somalia, from entering the United States, effective from March 16. …

Afghan family detained in Los Angeles are asking for release

LOS ANGELES –An Afghan family of five who obtained special visas to relocate to the U.S. were detained by immigration officials when they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday and have been in custody ever since, according to court records and their attorneys. The mother, father and their three children, including a baby, …

Supporters and critics of motion condemning Islamophobia clash across country

MONTREAL—Tensions flared in cities across Canada on Saturday as supporters and opponents of a Parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia clashed during duelling protests. In Montreal, there was a heavy police presence outside city hall keeping the two sides apart as a demonstration by critics of the motion was met by an equally large counter-protest. On one …

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