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Why the United States Calls Some Refugees 'Asylees'

Drawing distinctions between refugees and asylees is a political exercise, and a perilous one.

Robert Radin ·

FEMA Ordered to Help as Border Patrol Holds 3,000 Migrant Children Over Legal Limit

A lawyer who interviewed children at a facility in Texas said that "one of them shared that he could only see the sun when he showered, because you can see the sun through the window."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·

Sister Dianna Ortiz—US Nun Who Survived Guatemala Torture and Became Human Rights Champion—Dies at 62

"Dianna walked through the very worst of hell and came out with love... Her legacy is a witness to nonviolence and to love in the face of evil and to redemption. That's her legacy, to teach us that that's possible."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

Reversing Xenophobic Trump Policy, Biden to Allow 25,000 Asylum-Seekers Stuck in Mexico to Enter US

"It remains a legal and moral imperative that the U.S. government abide by national and international refugee law and provide these individuals with an opportunity to request asylum."

Kenny Stancil, staff writer ·

As Guatemalan Forces Beat Back Migrant Caravan, Biden Urged to Reverse Trump Policies of 'Cruelty and Coercion'

"The answer is not to continue doing more of the same but to envision a new direction that respects the political and economic self-determination and dignity of our Central American neighbors."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

'Unconscionable': ICE Deported 33 Unaccompanied Guatemalan Children After Judge Ordered Halt to Practice

"It is not out of the power of the district court, if someone could raise the matter, to order ICE to return the children that it removed on that flight," said one legal expert. 

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

Guatemalan President Reviewing Budget, Which Slashed Healthcare Spending, After Outraged Protesters Set Fire to Legislative Building

"We are outraged by poverty, injustice, the way they have stolen the public's money," a psychology professor who attended the protests told the press. 

Julia Conley, staff writer ·

'Unreal & Heartbreaking': Experts Highlight Climate Crisis Connection as Category 5 Hurricane Iota Barrels Toward Central America

"It's a simple equation: as the global temperature rises storms get bigger, longer, and more frequent," said Greenpeace. "We need governments to act on climate RIGHT NOW.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·

Guatemalan Leader Blasts Trump Admin's "Contaminated" Deportation Flights as Rights Groups Say Expulsions Show "Reckless Disregard" for Rights and Health

"Guatemala is an ally to the United States, the United States is not an ally to Guatemala," said President Alejandro Giammattei.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer ·

The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises Is Wrecking Poor Countries

Along with measures like rent freezes and guaranteeing workers’ rights, really addressing a global pandemic involves public health planning that cross borders and confronting global inequality and the climate crisis.

Tamara Pearson ·