January 14, 2002 |
He arrived in America just three days before terrorists struck on Sept. 11. Immediately after landing at Miami International Airport, Doraid Joussef Suleiman declared himself a refugee from the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The 18-year-old's hope was to join much of the rest of his family already living in the United States. Suleiman told U.S.
October 5, 2001 |
A two-week standoff ended when the last of more than 200 refugees agreed to leave an Australian navy ship and be taken to the remote Pacific nation of Nauru. The mainly Iraqi refugees abandoned demands to be taken to Australia and left the Manoora. The ship had picked them up off Australia days after a separate group of mainly Afghan asylum seekers was put aboard under an agreement to end an earlier standoff.
September 29, 2000 |
Six U.S. residents returned home Thursday to hugs and cheers from relatives after being held for more than a week in a Mexican jail on charges of providing illegal help to Iraqi Christians seeking asylum. Relatives rushed to greet them as they walked across the border crossing that links San Diego and Tijuana. "We were innocent," Kathy Barno of El Cajon said. "We have done nothing wrong and I'm glad I'm back home with my family."
September 28, 2000 |
More than 200 Iraqi Christians, including 133 who were detained by Mexican police in Tijuana last week, were safe on U.S. soil Wednesday as immigration officials processed their asylum applications. Their journey is turning out a lot happier than that of many who pay smugglers to get them to a new life in the United States. Chinese groups are regularly captured off the Baja California coast and sent home--at U.S. expense--without setting foot in the United States.
September 25, 2000 |
More than 1,700 Iraqi Christians crowded into separate church services Sunday to celebrate the release of 46 Iraqi immigrants from U.S. custody and call for the release of others being detained in Mexico. "It is difficult to describe it," said 28-year-old Mufeed Yousif, one of 16 Chaldean Christians released by Immigration and Naturalization Service officials Saturday.
September 21, 2000 |
An unusual immigration drama unfolded Wednesday, as 45 people identifying themselves as Iraqi Christians crossed the Mexican border at San Ysidro and turned themselves in to U.S. immigration officials in an apparent bid for political asylum. Meanwhile, a larger group of would-be immigrants was held by Mexican authorities in a Tijuana hotel. Officials of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said the detainees identified themselves as Chaldean.