TIJUANA, Mexico — Hoping to convince American immigration officials that his life is in danger, Selvin Alvarado sorted through photographs of men who he said have threatened to kill him. Mr. Alvarado said he fled Honduras last fall after exposing corruption in his hometown and was followed into Mexico by an armed group. Once he reached the United States, he believed he would be safe — even if that meant being detained while waiting for asylum. “I prefer 1,000 times being jailed,” he said last week at a shelter south of the United States border, “than being dead.” Instead, as part of a newly expanded Trump administration policy, Mr. Alvarado, 29, a father of two, was sent back to Mexico. He has been waiting for weeks to be summoned for an asylum hearing in California. Hundreds of asylum seekers are expected to be blocked from waiting in the United States each day under the so-called Remain in Mexico policy, which American officials describe as a … [Read more...] about Waiting for Asylum in the United States, Migrants Live in Fear in Mexico
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U.S. border patrol agents arrested an MS-13 gang member at the Calexico Port of Entry on Saturday the Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday. Jose Villalobos-Jobel, 29, a Honduran citizen, was arrested by Border Patrol agents assigned to El Centro Sector around 6:00 pm that day, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release. It read, “After a short interview, the man told agents he is a Honduran citizen and active gang member with the notorious Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) international crime organization. The man also told agents he traveled to the United States border with a large group of people from Central America intending on filing for asylum in the United States.” (RELATED: NBC REPORTER RELEASES COUNT OF CARAVAN MIGRANTS STAYING IN SHELTER — THEY’RE MOSTLY MEN) CIUDAD TECUN UMAN, GUATEMALA – OCTOBER 19: Members of the migrant caravan push forward at a gate separating Guatemala from Mexico … [Read more...] about U.S. Border Agents Arrest MS-13 Gang Member ‘Intending On Filing For Asylum In The United States’
Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh fear the United States lacks the leadership to navigate troubling times ahead at home and abroad. The two were among 44 former U.S. senators who wrote an open letter published in The Washington Post that urges lawmakers to find the strength to put aside partisan politics for the good of the country. The letter warned senators "that we are entering a dangerous period" for American democracy as Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation winds down during a time of global conflict. "Historically, in challenging times, (such leadership) has been in the Senate," Bayh told IndyStar, "but it’s taken individuals who can rise above party and rise above narrow interests and do the right thing for the well being of our country. It takes courage and selflessness, and I think there are people there who are capable of that. Let's hope they rise to the occasion." How the sausage is made: … [Read more...] about Lugar, Bayh fear the United States lacks leadership in troubling times
Story highlights The Senate's immigration bill calls for doubling the size of the border patrol The House is debating a strong security component to its bill, too Those who live on the border have a nuanced view of security Many want work permits for undocumented immigrants Joe Metz, a straight-talking Texas rancher on the U.S.-Mexico border, awoke recently to find 50 cows roaming freely in his front yard. Undocumented immigrants, he says, left a gate open as they crossed his land, which abuts the Rio Grande. For years, he's witnessed migrants and drug smugglers touch American soil for the first time on his property. "We deal with this every day," he said. But as a rancher in Hidalgo County, he also knows firsthand the need for labor to keep producers in the Rio Grande Valley operating. The traffic through his land frustrates him -- particularly the potentially dangerous drug traffic -- but he acknowledges that most crossers are looking for opportunity. It is an open secret … [Read more...] about For those living on border, security is complicated subject
Strolling the aisles at a Kohl’s department store near his home in Rochester, N.Y., Azizullah Sharifi spoke Pashto with his daughter Marwah as they picked through shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the summer. The father and daughter stopped to check their shopping cart, when a woman next to them muttered, “Speak [expletive] English” in a low growl. Once Sharifi realized she was talking to him, he quickly pushed his cart away without responding. But he wasn’t fast enough. Though she was only 7, Marwah recognized that the woman had “said something really bad.” “Just ignore her,” Sharifi told her. It was a drastic shift from the way he was treated in his home country of Afghanistan, where American service members, with whom he had worked closely, treated him with respect. Much of his experience in the United States has been positive, but sometimes, “you feel Islamophobia, the racism — not all people, but you can feel it,” … [Read more...] about In the United States, His Problem Wasn’t the Taliban. It Was Everything Else.