Political refugees

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Honduran migrant children eat a meal at the Jesus el Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante shelter in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico. The federal government will be opening a facility at an Army base in Oklahoma to house migrant children and is considering a customs port in southern New Mexico as another option as existing shelters are overwhelmed. The Office of Refugee Resettlement said Tuesday, June 11, 2019 it's dealing with a dramatic spike in the number of children crossing the border without parents. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
June 11, 2019 - 8:44 pm
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The federal government has chosen a military base in Oklahoma as the location for a new temporary shelter to house migrant children and is considering a customs port in southern New Mexico as another option as existing shelters are overwhelmed. The Office of Refugee...
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President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, waves as they depart Shannon Airport, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Shannon, Ireland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 07, 2019 - 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump threatening to slap tariffs on goods from Mexico, his transformation of Republican Party trade policy is nearly complete. Republican lawmakers usually don't like tariffs. They're viewed as a tax on consumers and unwanted government intervention in free...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2019 file photo, Venezuelans cross illegally into Colombia near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, close to Cucuta, Colombia. The U.N. refugee agency said Friday, June 7, that the number of Venezuelans who have left their country in recent years has surpassed 4 million. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)
June 07, 2019 - 9:14 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The number of Venezuelans who have left their country in recent years has surpassed 4 million, the United Nations said Friday ahead of a visit to the region by UNHCR envoy Angelina Jolie. The U.N. refugee agency said the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants rose by 1...
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FILE - This May 29, 2019 file photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. The federal government is opening a new mass shelter for migrant children near the U.S-Mexico border and is considering housing children on three military bases to add 3,000 more beds to the overtaxed system in the coming weeks. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)
June 07, 2019 - 4:13 am
The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, will...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Grace Meng, the wife of missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who does not want her face shown, consults her mobile phone in the lobby of a hotel in Lyon, central France, where the police agency is based. The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, says France has granted asylum to her and their two young boys. (AP Photo/John Leicester, File)
May 13, 2019 - 9:13 am
PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. The French government office that rules on asylum...
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May 10, 2019 - 9:52 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 others on the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia's state news agency. The International Organization for...
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This frame grab from video provided by the activist-operated Thiqa News Agency, shows residents displaced from the latest violence that hit the last rebel stronghold, taking refuge in olives orchids near the town of al-Atmeh, in northern Idlib, Syria, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Syrian government troops captured the village of Qalaat al-Madiq, a northwestern village known for its medieval fortress, on Thursday as they move deeper toward Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, activists and pro-government media said. (Thiqa News Agency via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 3:41 am
GENEVA (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees estimates a record 41 million people have been displaced within their countries, with many forced to flee conflict, violence and internal tensions in several African countries and Syria. The Norwegian Refugee Council said a global report on...
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan listens, Wednesday May 1, 2019, during a House Appropriations subcommittee on budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 07, 2019 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. Navy hospital ship is preparing to deploy to Latin America to provide medical services in countries where several million Venezuelans have taken refuge. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday that before the USNS Comfort can be deployed...
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Pope Francis looks at children singing for him during his visit to a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, May 6, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 06, 2019 - 2:58 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with refugees in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the "cross of humanity," after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering. Refugee children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Knyaz Alexandar Square, in Sofia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 05, 2019 - 10:37 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to seek better lives elsewhere. As he arrived...
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