Aug 16, 2017

Report: Canada gets refugees to work faster than anyone in the West

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Mexicans make up half of asylum seekers at southern border

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Mexicans account for more than half of the estimated 21,000 asylum seekers waiting along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: The increase in Mexican asylum seekers poses a particular challenge to the Trump administration and its "Remain in Mexico" policy, which requires Central American refugee seekers to remain in Mexico while they await their hearings. It can't apply to Mexicans since international law bans sending people back to the country where they may face persecution.

Go deeperArrowDec 26, 2019

Texas becomes first state to refuse refugees

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with President Trump. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Friday that the state will not accept any refugees this year, AP reports.

Why it matters: Abbott is the first governor to take President Trump up on his executive order allowing state and local governments to block refugee resettlements. Other Republican governors have publicly welcomed refugees. In 2019, Texas received more refugees than any other state.

Go deeper: Republican governors reject Trump's offer to ban refugees

Keep ReadingArrowJan 10, 2020

Trump doesn't need a border wall

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President Trump has successfully built an immigration wall that has proven impenetrable for tens of thousands of migrants — it's just not the physical one he and others obsess about.

What's happening: The number of attempted border crossings is falling, and denial rates are climbing. The very nations most migrants flee from are now the nations where asylum seekers are being sent.