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A shrinking target

Politics | Groups urge White House not to downsize refugee program
by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/12/19, 04:44 pm

Refugees around the world are waiting anxiously for the Trump administration to announce how many of them can come to the United States in the next year. Multiple reports from sources in the White House have said the number could be cut in half or even zeroed out, leaving families like Arooj Nirmal’s broken indefinitely.

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Supreme Court allows asylum limits for now

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/12/19, 10:43 am

The Trump administration’s third country rule, which affects asylum-seekers from Central America, is back on. The Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday the United States can deny asylum to migrants if they don’t apply for it in the first country they come to after leaving home. Courts have gone back and forth on the policy, but it looks like it will stay in place while litigation against it proceeds.

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Third country asylum rule halted again

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/10/19, 12:36 pm

A federal judge in California again blocked a Trump administration rule that limits the number of people who can seek asylum in the United States. The policy requires migrants who pass through other countries to seek asylum in those places first. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco already tried to stop the policy this summer, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said his ruling only applied to states in its jurisdiction, meaning Arizona and California.

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