Kristina Cooke

'When are my parents coming?' - 1,300 Afghan children evacuated to U.S. in limbo

Nov 10 2021

RENTON, Washington Ten-year-old Mansoor only narrowly escaped Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban in August, and while he is now living safely in Washington state with relatives, he asks them every day if he can return.

U.S. borders reopen, but not for asylum seekers stuck in Mexico

Nov 09 2021

NOGALES, Mexico Leo fled his hometown in southern Mexico after his uncle was murdered by gang members and he received death threats. Earlier this year, he, his wife and their two children headed to the U.S.-Mexico border hoping to claim asylum. | Video

Asylum seekers allege abuse by U.S. border authorities -report

Oct 21 2021

U.S. asylum officers have documented dozens of incidents since 2016 of migrants alleging U.S. border agents physically abused them after they were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to records obtained by Human Rights Watch and released Thursday.

Biden under pressure as U.S.-Mexico border arrests reach record highs

Oct 20 2021

U.S. authorities arrested 1.7 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year, the most ever recorded, according to a U.S. government source familiar with the numbers, underscoring the stark political and humanitarian challenges the Biden administration faces on immigration.

U.S. prepares to resume Trump 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy in November

Oct 15 2021

President Joe Biden's administration is taking steps to restart by mid-November a program begun under his predecessor Donald Trump that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings after a federal court deemed the termination of the program unjustified, U.S. officials said Thursday.

U.S. immigration agents to more narrowly target migrants for deportation

Sep 30 2021

The U.S. government will narrow who immigration agents target for arrest and deportation, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Thursday, in a marked departure from the hard-line approach taken by then-U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. border camp cleared of Haitians, thousands more on the move

Sep 24 2021

DEL RIO, Texas An impromptu border camp that roiled the U.S. government was cleared of thousands of Haitian migrants by Friday, with most remaining in the United States for now and others expelled on deportation flights or returned to Mexico. | Video

Migrant camp on Texas border cleared, county judge says

Sep 24 2021

MEXICO CITY A migrant camp housing mostly Haitian migrants on the southern border of Texas has been cleared, a local county judge told Reuters on Friday.

For asylum advocates, border expulsions strain faith in Biden

Sep 22 2021

NEW YORK Confused and tired-looking toddlers clung to their parents at Port-au-Prince airport in Haiti on Tuesday, among the 360 family members rapidly expelled from the U.S. over the past three days.

U.S. authorities accelerate removal of Haitians at border with Mexico

Sep 20 2021

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico U.S. authorities moved some 2,000 people to other immigration processing stations on Friday from a Texas border town that has been overwhelmed by an influx of Haitian and other migrants, the Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday.

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IMF chief says Omicron could dent global economic growth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The International Monetary Fund is likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the global lender's chief said at the Reuters Next conference on Friday in another sign of the turmoil unleashed by the ever-changing pandemic.