Political refugees

Karen Mejia, left, fits her mother Leonor Chipayo, with a souvenir Statue of Liberty foam visor while visiting the Statue of Liberty, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in New York. Both women are from Lima, Peru. Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 14, 2019 - 10:27 pm
Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A biographer of...
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Andreas Kalbitz the Alternative for Germany, AfD, top candidate for the regional election in the German state of Brandenburg attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. On Sunday Sept.1, 2019 regional state elections will take place in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
August 13, 2019 - 5:08 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A quarter-century since his first foray into Germany's far-right movement, Andreas Kalbitz is poised to lead it to one of its biggest triumphs. Kalbitz, 46, could be the big winner in next month's state elections in Brandenburg, where he heads the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany...
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In this photo taken Saturday and released Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, a rubber dinghy with over 80 migrants off the Libyan coast has received life vests from a rescue team of the Ocean Viking ship, operated by the NGOs Sos Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders. The Ocean Viking was already carrying over 80 people rescued earlier, and is blocked at sea while it waits to be assigned a safe port. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has triggered a government crisis in Italy, signed Friday a ban on the ship's entry into Italian waters. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/Sos Mediterranee via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 9:49 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency urgently appealed to European governments Tuesday to let two migrant rescue ships disembark more than 500 passengers who remain stranded at sea as countries bicker over who should take responsibility for them. The people rescued while attempting to...
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Actor Richard Gere gestures as he speaks during a press conference he held along with Open Arms founder Oscar Camps, in the island of Lampedusa, Southern Italy, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, the day after he visited the Spanish humanitarian ship that has been stuck at sea with 121 migrants on board for over a week, after Italy and Malta have denied it entry. The Open Arms boat has rescued 39 more migrants on Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Valerio Nicolosi)
August 10, 2019 - 11:26 am
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — A private rescue ship that has remained at sea with 121 migrants after being denied permission to enter ports in two European countries rescued 39 more people Saturday, a Spanish aid group said, further complicating conditions on and off board. The Open Arms made its latest...
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Personnel of a Maltese Armed Force vessel, right, helps a man to board their ship from the German humanitarian vessel Alan Kurdi, off the Maltese coast, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.. The humanitarian group said the 40 migrants that were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya have been successfully transferred to the Maltese military boats to be brought to port. Alan Kurdi had headed toward Malta after Italy again refused to open its ports to a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (Pavel D. Vitko/Sea-eye.org via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 12:18 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern Tuesday that a new Italian law authorizing massive fines against the owners of private rescue ships could endanger the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. A so-called "security decree" drafted by Italy's...
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President Donald Trump, joined by acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, right, shakes hands with Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 26, 2019. Trump announced that Guatemala is signing an agreement to restrict asylum applications to the U.S. from Central America. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 27, 2019 - 8:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala that will restrict asylum applications to the U.S. from Central America. The "safe third country" agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to...
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Libyan Red Crescent workers stand around a body of a drowned migrant near the city of Khoms, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Tripoli, Libya, Friday, July 26, 2019. Libya's coast guard recovered dozens of bodies of Europe-bound migrants who perished at sea as search operations continued Friday, a day after up to 150 people, including women and children, went missing and were feared drowned after their boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)
July 26, 2019 - 3:01 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard recovered dozens of bodies of Europe-bound migrants who perished at sea as search operations continued Friday, a day after up to 150 people, including women and children, went missing and were feared drowned when their boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. A top...
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July 24, 2019 - 7:14 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard said Wednesday it intercepted around three dozen Europe-bound migrants off its Mediterranean coast and took them to a detention center that was bombed earlier this month. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said a rubber boat carrying 38 migrants, mostly Egyptians, was stopped...
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From left to right, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Director of the United Nations Migration Agency Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi meet the media after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, July 22, 2019. European ministers have met in Paris seeking unity on how to deal with migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
July 22, 2019 - 5:15 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called on Libyan authorities Monday to stop holding transiting refugees in detention camps and said buildings of the United Nations' refugee agency in Libya were attacked earlier in the day. Macron did not elaborate on the attack he said was carried out...
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July 21, 2019 - 5:10 am
GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago. Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border. "This is the most...
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