February 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is changing the rules for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States so that people will no longer be barred entry for providing incidental or unintentional support to terrorist organizations. The new definition of what it means to provide “material support” to terrorists comes after years of complaints from human rights advocates that the old rules led to the exclusion of vulnerable refugees who pose no harm. Among those turned away in recent months were a Syrian refugee who paid an opposition group to gain safe passage out of Syria and a farmer who paid tolls to a resistance group to cross a bridge to take his food to market, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
August 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden finally managed to break free of his confinement at the transit zone of Moscow's international airport when he was granted Russian travel documents Thursday, after which he hopped in a cab and left for a secret location, his Russian lawyer said. “Edward was granted a one-year asylum and I just saw him to a taxi out of the airport,” Anatoly Kucherena said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It is up to him to choose a residence inside Russia, but his location will remain secret for the duration of his stay.” “For the most wanted man on earth," Kucherena added, "personal safety is his No. 1 priority now.” Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking highly classified documents from his work as a consultant for the National Security Agency, had been effectively trapped at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport since June 23, when he arrived on a flight from Hong Kong.
June 23, 2013 |
QUITO, Ecuador - Edward Snowden has requested asylum in Ecuador, the government said Sunday. In a brief comment on his Twitter account, Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, said simply: “The government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward Snowden.” Although Patino gave no indication of whether the government of President Rafael Correa would grant the request, he had said previously that the government would consider...
October 28, 2012 |
EL PASO - One of his clients, a Mexican waitress and widowed mother of three, says she played dead under a pile of bodies to survive a massacre in Ciudad Juarez led by men she recognized as federal police. Another client says Chihuahua state police hacked off his feet after he refused to pay them bribes. They came to El Paso seeking Carlos Spector, 58, a burly, hard-charging immigration attorney who has developed a strange specialty in this Texas border city. His clients, instead of crossing into the United States illegally and hiding out, are seeking asylum.
July 5, 2013 |
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has sent out appeals for asylum to six more countries, WikiLeaks reported Friday, in a sign of the marooned fugitive's mounting desperation in the face of international indifference to his plight. Snowden remains trapped in a diplomatic no-man's land at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, lacking documents that would allow him to enter Russia or travel to a country willing to damage relations with Washington to give him refuge. The 30-year-old former contract worker for the National Security Agency has been on the run for more than a month since telling journalists about massive U.S. efforts to track telephone conversations and Internet traffic around the world.
August 6, 2013 |
TUCSON -- Most of the “Dream 9” will get the chance to argue their case for asylum before an immigration judge, their attorney says. The five women and four men, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, staged a brazen protest three weeks ago at the U.S.-Mexico border to draw attention to the thousands of people deported under the Obama administration. When the so-called Dreamers - named for the Dream Act, which would provide them with a path to legalization -- attempted to reenter the U.S. at the Nogales, Ariz., port of entry on July 22, they were arrested.