Immigration

Injunction sought as Australian refugee camp closure looms

SYDNEY, Australia — Lawyers for the asylum seekers living at Australia’s detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island sought a court injunction to keep the facility open Tuesday, as fears mounted of violence amid reports of looting and rock-throwing by local residents. Papua New Guinea authorities plan to cut off water, electricity and food …

Papua New Guinea warns Australia’s detainees to leave base

SYDNEY, Australia — As Australia moved to close a detention centre for asylum seekers it won’t allow on its shores, Papua New Guinea’s government warned the 600 men who want to stay at the Manus Island facility they may be removed if they stay beyond a Tuesday deadline. Food and utilities were set to be …

Police: Suspect pointed gun at Steinle, pulled trigger

SAN FRANCISCO — Guns don’t go off without someone pulling the trigger, a retired police investigator testified Monday at the San Francisco murder trial of a Mexican national at the heart of a nationwide debate over immigration policy. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is charged with shooting to death Kate Steinle as she walked on a …

Claim planned to keep power, water at Australia’s PNG centre

SYDNEY, Australia — As Australia moves to close its detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, lawyers are set to file a legal claim for the asylum seekers who want to continue living there. Food and utilities were set to be shut off Tuesday under a closure agreement between Australia and Papua New Guinea. …

A look at the temporary protected status in immigration

Immigrant advocates fear President Donald Trump’s administration may move to end a long-standing program that shields tens of thousands of Central American immigrants from deportation. The U.S. created the program known as Temporary Protected Status to assist citizens whose countries are ravaged by natural disasters and war. Ten countries are currently designated to participate: El …

Central Americans fear Trump may axe immigration program

LOS ANGELES — Irma Acosta has spent the last two decades enrolled in an immigration program that has helped her get a work permit, put three children through school in her native Honduras and obtain health insurance to cover her cancer treatment. Now, the 51-year-old hotel housekeeper from Los Angeles fears it could all come to an …

Cities not backing down on feds’ ‘sanctuary cities’ order

New York City and Philadelphia officials wrote to the U.S. Justice Department Friday defying a directive intended to pressure the cities into co-operating more with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The two cities were among four so-called “sanctuary cities” that were given an Oct. 27 deadline to show they’re not hampering enforcement of U.S. immigration law. The Justice Department has …

Winterized trailers soon to provide shelter to asylum seekers at Quebec border

MONTREAL — Winterized trailers will soon be replacing the tents providing temporary shelter to asylum-seekers who have crossed the Quebec-U.S. border, even as the number of irregular border crossings continues to drop. A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says a contract has been awarded to a private company to provide heated accommodation for …

Cuba announces new immigration policies to boost ex pat ties

WASHINGTON — Cuba’s foreign minister on Saturday announced changes to the island’s immigration policies, seeking to strengthen ties with the 800,000 Cubans living outside the country amid strained relations with Washington following accusations that U.S. diplomats suffered mysterious sonic attacks in Havana. Speaking to a group of Cubans residing in the United States, Foreign Minister …

Overseas Voter Registration Centers for the 2019 National Elections Now Operational in Metro Manila

25 October 2017 – The Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS), advises the public that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as well as immigrants, seafarers and students who are about to leave for abroad, and who are not yet registered as Overseas Voter, may now register to vote, for the 2019 National Elections, at …

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