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New US Homeland Security guide aims to help houses of worship protect themselves

Hoboken Police officers stand watch outside the United Synagogue of Hoboken, on 3rd November, 2022, in Hoboken, New Jersey

Washington DC, US AP A new guide from the US Department of Homeland Security released Wednesday aims to help churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship protect themselves at a time of heightened tensions in faith-based communities across the country. Hoboken Police officers stand watch outside the United Synagogue of Hoboken, on 3rd November, 2022, in […]

Uncertainty clouds US transition at Mexico border as new rules take effect

Migrants walk along the banks of the Rio Bravo river after crossing the border to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents before the lifting of Title 42, as seen from Matamoros, Mexico, on 11th May, 2023.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico/El Paso, Texas, USReuters The Biden administration began implementing a sweeping policy shift at the US-Mexico border on Friday as a COVID-era order that had allowed the swift expulsion of many migrants expired and new asylum restrictions took effect amid confusion and uncertainty. Several last-minute court actions added to questions about how President […]

Two migrants suffocate to death aboard Texas train, 10 hospitalised

Members of the police work, after two migrants suffocated to death aboard a freight train that got derailed, in Uvalde, Texas, US, on 24th March, 2023, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video.

Reuters Two suspected undocumented immigrants suffocated to death aboard a freight train and 10 others in need of medical care were taken by helicopter or ambulance to hospital on Friday in south Texas, police said. Officials in Uvlade, Texas, received an anonymous emergency 911 call advising them that numerous immigrants were suffocating inside a train, […]

Struggling with US asylum app, migrant families split at border

Migrants, mostly from Venezuela seeking asylum in the U.S., use their phones to access the U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP ONE application to request an appointment at a land port of entry to the U.S., in a shelter near the border between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico February 24, 2023.

Mexico City Reuters Dozens of migrant families are splitting up at Mexico’s northern border as they struggle to secure US asylum appointments on a government app beset by high demand and persistent glitches, migrants and advocates say. The anxiety of separation is piling more pressure on families who have often taken perilous journeys through several […]

US Department of Homeland Security appoints a new 25-member security faith advisory council

US California Laguna Woods church shooting

United StatesRNS The US Department of Homeland Security has announced the appointment of a new, 25-member faith-based advisory council to assist Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in finding ways to protect houses of worship. The council consists of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh clergy plus some law enforcement and non-profit faith group leaders. Crime scene tape surrounds […]

US reunites only seven immigrant children with parents since February

US Mexico border unaccompanied children

Los Angeles, USReuters An effort by US President Joe Biden to reunite migrant families separated by the previous administration is moving slowly, with only seven children reunited with parents by a task force launched in February, according to a US Department of Homeland Security report released on Tuesday. Another 29 families are set to be […]

US formally ends Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ asylum policy

Mexico US asylum seekers

Washington DC, USReuters The United States has formally ended the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for US court cases, according to a US Department of Homeland Security memo sent to agency leaders on Tuesday. The administration of President Joe Biden paused the […]