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Political Asylum

Domestic Violence Victims May Now Be Allowed To Seek Asylum

Posted 08.28.2014 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum ...

Playing Politics With the Lives Unaccompanied Alien Children

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Bill Ong Hing

This is indeed a humanitarian crisis that deserves a humanitarian response. Let's take a deep breath and stop playing politics with children's lives.

The Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the United States: Stumbling Towards a Humanitarian Solution

Donald Kerwin | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Members of Congress and polarizing media figures rarely forego the opportunity to offer facile, politically-driven "solutions" to complex social and human problems, and this crisis has been no exception.

Political Asylum Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be

David Macaray | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
David Macaray

As Edward Snowden, the young American accused of blowing the whistle on NSA surveillance tactics, continues his search for a new home in a new country in order to avoid extradition and perhaps a lengthy prison term in a U.S. prison, he needs to ask himself a couple of things.

Countries Respond To Snowden's Asylum Applications

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

(Adds Ireland to countries saying applications must be made on their soil) LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contracto...

Matthew Paul Olmos: so go the ghosts of mexico

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

so go the ghosts of mexico, part 1, is inspired by the true story of Marisol Valles Garcia -- who made headlines as the "bravest woman in mexico" when she volunteered to be the police chief of Praxedis, Chihuahua, Mexico - despite the execution of former chief Manuel Castro-Martínez.

Endangered Afghan Interpreters: Washington Should Welcome its Friends

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. relied heavily on interpreters, most recruited from the local population. Yet the U.S. government has refused to welcome those who have done so much to help America.

Democracy, Trust and WikiLeaks: A Conversation With the Mother of Julian Assange

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I believe that people such as Julian Assange, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and those behind the Arab Spring, actually want change for a better, not worse and more chaotic, world. But their image and their hard work is being hijacked and manipulated.

Ecuador Should Grant Political Asylum to Wikileaks Founder

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

How fortunate that Ecuador, unlike Sweden, has an independent government that doesn't take directions from the United States.

Life in America: A 'WIN' for Women Guiding Women

Sabrina Hersi Issa | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Sabrina Hersi Issa

My family is from Somalia and came to the United States through political asylum. I'm a proud first-generation American woman, and I grew up constantly reminded of my fortune to be born in the United States -- and the unyielding opportunity to build your own destiny here.

For Immigrants, Is the United States a Safe Haven or Prison Ward?

Michelle Brané | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Michelle Brané

The Keep Our Communities Safe Act authorizes prolonged detention for those who applied for relief such as a trafficking visa or asylum, which could include a victim of severe domestic violence or torture.

Leah Finnegan

Saad's Story: A Deported Student's Quest To Return To America

HuffingtonPost.com | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Saad Nabeel doesn't get much sleep these days. Holed up in an undisclosed location in Malaysia, the lanky 20-year-old spends his nights furtively work...

Ugandan Woman's Future Uncertain, Despite Winning Asylum

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a Catholic church in Uptown, Regina Othola prays. She prays for courage. She prays for hope. And sometimes, Othola, 30, prays to forget....

Gay Saudi Diplomat Seeks Asylum In U.S.

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles reportedly has asked for political asylum in the United States, claiming his life is in danger if he is...

Herve Fonkou Takoulo Arrested After Wife Caroline Jamieson Sends Illegal Immigration Letter To President Obama

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — A woman who wrote President Barack Obama, asking for help resolving her husband's immigration problem got a response she didn't expec...

Qatar's Controversial Open-Door Policy has Helped in its Bid to Be Seen as an International Player

Shabina S. Khatri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shabina S. Khatri

Tiny, resource-rich and host to a US army base, Qatar has the necessary wealth and might -- and thus the security -- to welcome any guest whose home countries don't want them, whatever the reason.

African Asylum Seekers in Israel

Yermi Brenner | Posted 06.14.2011 | World
Yermi Brenner

In the past few years, Israel's border with Egypt has become an infiltration point for Africans who have escaped from war and persecution, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea.

The Immigration Bill No One's Talking About

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

While it is paramount that the issue of undocumented immigrants in the US be addressed, refugee protection must not be ignored simply because it is not seen as an election issue.

Obama's Aunt Prepares For Fight To Stay In US, Avoid Deportation

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — President Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenya native who once cared for his siblings, defied a deportation order in 2004 and became a politica...

INTERVIEW: Filmmaker Havana Marking On The Dangers Of Being An 'Afghan Star' (VIDEO)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

"Watching young girls with only one mobile phone in the house debate about who to cast that one vote for -- it was pretty powerful. It wasn't a presidential election, but it was the idea that these girls had a role to play..."