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  • Cuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right (Chris Christie asks for Joanne Chesimard)

    12/22/2014 1:56:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:01 PM EST | Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez
    Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has urged President Barack Obama to demand the return of fugitive Joanne Chesimard before restoring full relations under a historic détente announced by Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro last week. […] In a letter sent to the White House Friday and made public by his office Sunday, Christie said Cuba’s asylum for Chesimard, who has changed her...
  • Russian opposition figure asks for asylum in UK

    10/06/2014 8:57:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 6, 2014 11:38 AM EDT
    A Russian opposition politician has announced on Twitter that he is requesting political asylum in the United Kingdom after being subjected to house searches by the police earlier this year. […] (Vladimir) Ashurkov is the right-hand man of top Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest since February. …
  • Domestic violence ruling may help thousands of immigrants get asylum

    09/06/2014 7:24:14 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept 6,2014 | CINDY CARCAMO
    <p>Heidy fled her native Honduras for the United States on the advice of police. There was nothing they could do, they told her, to protect her from her abusive husband, a drug trafficker who spat on her, raped her — the first time when she was 17 — and threatened her at gunpoint.</p>
  • Justice Dept. Opens New Asylum Gate For Guatemalans

    08/27/2014 2:21:20 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2014 | Neil Munro
    The Department of Justice’s board of immigration appeals has decided to let Guatemalan women win asylum in the United States if they claim to be victims of domestic violence. The decision creates a huge new incentive for Guatemalan women to cross the U.S. border, because if their asylum claim is accepted, their children get U.S. citizenship, plus the use of federal health, education and retirement programs, regardless of their initial education and work skills. The new decision also means that many of the Guatemalan women who have already crossed the border this year have a new claim for asylum. Coyotes...
  • France Opens Borders To All Christians Persecuted by Islamists In Iraq

    08/06/2014 1:12:14 PM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 37 replies
    BarbWire ^ | 8-6-14 | Tim Brown
    France, the once atheistic land, has really began to find a spine in recent weeks. I reported a little over a week ago that France had banned Pro-Palestinian terror protests and leveled stiff penalties for violators. Now, word is that France is opening up their borders for asylum to Christians suffering persecution from Islamists in Iraq.
  • Meriam Ibrahim lands in Italy, on way to US; Update: Meets with Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | Ed Morrissey
    There’s plenty of bad news already coming over the transom today and we’ll get to all of it, but one story we’ve followed here has a happy ending. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, has left Khartoum and landed in Rome, greeted by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the airport. Italy helped the US mediate her release with Sudanese officials in a quiet effort launched a few weeks ago:
  • They're Not Refugees under Asylum Law

    07/24/2014 7:07:20 AM PDT · by Moseley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The unaccompanied children flooding our southern border are not refugees and do not qualify for asylum under U.S. law or international law. ... In any event, under federal regulations, in 8 CFR § 208.13 (b) (1), “An applicant shall be found to be a refugee on the basis of past persecution if the applicant can establish that he or she has suffered persecution in the past in the applicant's country of nationality or, if stateless, in his or her country of last habitual residence, on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion[.]” (Emphasis...
  • Christians in Imminent Danger Across the World Are Refused Refugee Status While Muslim

    07/19/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 10 replies
    Pamela Geller Atlus Shrugs ^ | Nov. 21, 2011 | Pamela Geller
    US policy regarding the UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution. It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which...
  • GOP Lawmaker Weighs Overhaul of Asylum Process

    07/18/2014 8:35:38 PM PDT · by RginTN · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2013
    The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Thursday that the way the U.S. grants asylum to immigrants may need to be changed in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings
  • Here's How Hard It Is for Unaccompanied Minors to Get Asylum

    07/17/2014 5:06:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 15,2014 | Rachel Roubein
    The English-only application spans at least nine pages, the first hurdle for an unaccompanied child seeking asylum in the United States. Then there's an interview. A child is asked to recount to an asylum officer details of past traumas—such as gang recruitment and kidnappings, prostitution, and abuse. If asylum is denied, the young migrant goes before an immigration judge as a federal attorney typically argues for deportation. This process is one that the majority of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border this year are expected to maneuver solo. Navigating the world of immigration law is complex...
  • UN to U.S.: Why not treat these illegals crossing your border as “refugees”?

    07/08/2014 10:07:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    The bad news for illegals: Even if you qualify as a “refugee,” winning an asylum case in federal court is difficult under current law. The good news: The guy in charge right now isn’t a stickler about legal procedure. And besides, the “refugee” label is more of a political weapon under these circumstances than a legal one. It’s one thing to turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants streaming across the border, but who could be so hard-hearted as to deport a “refugee”?Don’t fret much about the label, though. Most of these kids will never report to their immigration...
  • UN pushes for migrants to be called refugees

    07/08/2014 2:03:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Alberto Arce and Marcos Aleman
    United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees. …
  • U.S. Bishops Urge Obama Admin Not to Send Back Unaccompanied Illegal Children

    07/03/2014 6:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 3, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration has called upon the Obama administration to halt any plans to send back unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors who have been flooding across the U.S. border. “This is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in a press release Wednesday. “To return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable.” The bishops have asked the Obama administration to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for “fast track” authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied...
  • Carr: Who’s running the ‘asylum’ in the U.S.? (Brilliant Takedown Alert)

    05/31/2014 8:45:44 AM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/31/2014 | Howie Carr
    Another America-hating foreign Muslim demanding political asylum, and then getting arrested by the FBI for consorting with other Muslim terrorist political refugees who commit multiple murders in the name of jihad. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Where can Americans get some asylum from these lawless savages swarming into a country they despise and want to destroy? How much more diversity do we have to celebrate before we start sending these terrorists and their pals back to the Third World hellholes they came from? Sure, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but the facts are this: Khairullozhon Matanov took...
  • California may distribute condoms to prison inmates; bill is advancing in state legislature

    05/14/2014 8:05:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-14-14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    California lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the state to distribute condoms to prison inmates, an attempt to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, although sex acts between inmates would remain unlawful. Reuters reports the bill is advancing in the Senate — it already passed the state Assembly — and would direct state officials to set up a five-year plan to hand out condoms throughout the state’s prison system. “We are not only advocating for the improved health of prisoners,” the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, said. “But we are also protecting communities across the...
  • Afghan “Torturer In Chief” gets asylum, living in Los Angeles

    05/01/2014 12:01:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/1/14 | Robert Spencer
    Gulalai, wearing sunglasses and standing next to Karzai in the photo, gets a pink two-story stucco ranch house in Los Angeles. Whole communities of Somali and Bosnian Muslims have been brought to the U.S. and plunked en masse in middle America. Where are the communities of Christians who are facing violent persecution in Syria, Egypt, Nigeria and elsewhere in the Muslim world being settled? Can they even get into the U.S. at all? “Mystery surrounds move of Afghan ‘torturer in chief’ to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse,” by Greg Miller, Julie Tate and Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, April...
  • Supreme Court Declines to Review Asylum Case of German Homeschoolers

    03/03/2014 9:49:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal from the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that had asylum in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department sought to deport them back to Germany where they could lose custody of their children due to their religious beliefs. "Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to review Uwe and Hannelore Romeike's asylum case," Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, wrote in a letter to supporters. "We knew it was an uphill battle since the Court only accepts 80–100 out of nearly 10,000 requests each year....
  • Supreme Court denies appeal from German family seeking asylum to home-school kids

    03/03/2014 8:23:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/3/14 | ap
    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a German family seeking asylum in the United States because their home country does not allow home-schooling. The justices rejected an appeal from Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who claim the German government is persecuting them because they want to raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
  • Asylum Fraud in Chinatown: An Industry of Lies

    02/24/2014 8:07:30 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/20/2014
    A Chinese woman walked into a law office in New York’s Chinatown and asked to see her lawyer. She had applied for asylum, claiming that she had been forced to get an abortion in China to comply with the country’s family-planning laws, and she was anxious about her coming interview with immigration officials. She had good reason to be worried: Her claim, invented by her lawyer’s associates, was false. But the lawyer, John Wang, told her to relax. The process, he said, was straightforward, and as long as she memorized a few details, everything would be fine. “You are making...
  • Administration ends ban on asylum seekers with 'limited' terror ties

    02/06/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by standingfirm · 46 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2-6-14 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered
  • U.S. to Grant Immigrants Who Give Terrorists “Limited” Support Asylum

    02/06/2014 1:30:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2014
    As if President Obama’s backdoor amnesty weren’t bad enough, the administration just issued an official order allowing the U.S. to take in once-banned refugees and asylum seekers who have provided “limited material support” to terrorists. With the stroke of a few pens—those belonging to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry—the nation’s zero tolerance for any sort of terrorism-related support has vanished. It also marks yet another alarming example of a president who changes or replaces laws passed by Congress when he doesn’t like them. Besides immigration, we’ve seen this in the selective enforcement of Obamacare....
  • The Mexican Congress Requests

    01/21/2014 6:46:55 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/21/2014 | Victor Keith
    The Mexican Congress has just passed a resolution calling upon the United States to facilitate the granting of asylum to Mexican citizens who claim they are escaping from violence. Due to widespread killings and attacks in the country, primarily due to drug trafficking, the Mexican Congress is admitting officially that they cannot protect their own citizens from other Mexicans. It figures, therefore, that the responsibility must now fall to the United States.
  • Asylum seekers make case to Israeli people: We are not your enemy

    01/07/2014 8:40:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.07.14, 15:26
    Thousands of African asylum seekers gathered in Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv on Tuesday, for the third consecutive day of protests over Israeli government policy of expulsion. In a direct appeal to the Israeli people at a press conference, a representative of the African community called for a change in that policy, insisting that they are “not the enemy.” “The new policy of the Israeli government, arresting people, putting people in prison indefinitely has forced us to take drastic measures,” he said. “This was a very different decision to take. Our jobs are hard; our pay is very low....
  • Over 3,000 Cuban doctors defected from Venezuela in 2013

    12/30/2013 4:38:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela] ^ | 12/30/13 | FRANK LÓPEZ BALLESTEROS
    Over the last 12 months some 3,000 Cubans, mostly doctors, have arrived in the United States after deserting one of the Venezuelan government´s social programs they staff. This accounts for a 60% increase as compared with 2012. In 2012 there were about 5,000 refugee Cuban doctors and nurses in the United States coming from all over the world. Through December 1, 2013 this figure had surged to 8,000, 98% of them came from Venezuela. These are estimates by Dr. Julio Cesar Alfonso, head of the South Florida group Solidarity Without Borders Inc. (SWB), which helps Cuban medical professionals who try
  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

    12/28/2013 10:56:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/28/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Somalis have made Somalia a very pleasant place to live. Between the Muslim militias shooting at each other and the amateur hyena psychiatry sessions, it’s perfect. That’s why most Somalis are getting the hell out of there and moving to other countries that they can remake into Somalia.There are Little Mogadishus all across America, but few places have been hit as hard by Somali Muslim migrants as Maine whose generous benefits system is struggling to cope with the Somali settlers.Lewiston Mayor Robert E. MacDonald has written sharply about the Somali welfare invasion and its impact on Maine natives. Today in...
  • Insane Asylum Seekers: Is there Food “racism” in Norway against refugees?

    12/07/2013 2:14:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/07/2013 | Bruce Bawer
    Here’s the latest chapter in The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.According to Forward Progressives: There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t win, cheat like hell” and it’s apparently the motto that the GOP has taken to heart across the country in their latest attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.What does their newest attempt involve? Creating fake websites with misinformation that look like state insurance exchanges in order to confuse consumers trying to find out what their new insurance options are under Obamacare. Forward Progressives cites three websites recently shut down by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, including kynect101.com, which,...
  • Judge Grants Obama Uncle Asylum

    12/07/2013 10:35:15 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Judge Leonard Shapiro of the Department of Justice’s Immigration Court approved President Obama’s Uncle Onyango Obama’s application for legal residency in the United States saying that “the applicant is a gentleman, a good neighbor, paid his taxes, and met the criteria for legal permanent residency. When you add the fact that his nephew is the President of the United States it would be unseemly for us to deny him.” “Remember, the President has acknowledged that hundreds of people have been killed on his orders,” Shapiro pointed out. “Many of those killed have relatives and associates still living in the region...
  • German home-school families face US deportation

    11/22/2013 2:19:44 AM PST · by Mr Radical · 13 replies
    BBC News, Washington ^ | 6 November 2013 | Jane O'Brien
    The [Romeike] family arrived in the US in 2008 and settled in Tennessee. In 2010 a state court granted their request for asylum but two years later the Obama administration called for a review and a higher court overturned the decision. The Romeikes' only hope of staying in the US now rests with the Supreme Court which still hasn't decided whether to hear their appeal.
  • EU court: homosexuality can be grounds for asylum

    11/07/2013 4:13:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 11:59 AM EST | Juergen Baetz
    Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc’s top court ruled Thursday. The existence of laws allowing the imprisonment of homosexuals “may constitute an act of persecution per se,” if they are routinely enforced, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said. A homosexual cannot be expected to conceal his sexual orientation in his home country to avoid persecution since that would amount to renouncing a “characteristic fundamental to a person’s identity,” the EU court added. …
  • Dutch say Russian gay rights violations may warrant asylum

    11/06/2013 2:24:46 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 8 replies
    http://www.reuters.com ^ | Tue Nov 5, 2013 8:45am EST | Reporting By Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Sara Webb and Alistair Lyon
    The Dutch foreign minister on Tuesday denounced Russia's law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors and said the violation of gay rights could be grounds for asylum in the Netherlands.
  • A Fight for Asylum Raises Awareness for LGBT Detainees

    10/12/2013 7:51:08 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    voiceofoc.org ^ | October 11, 2013 | REX DALTON
    A plea for asylum by an HIV-positive transgender individual is providing a rare glimpse into the complexities of deportation cases and the harsh realities facing federal immigration detainees. Wilfrido “Perla" Lopez-Roque, who is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, has been detained in the Santa Ana Jail since being caught last year by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE at a freeway check in San Diego County. Most undocumented immigrants detained by federal officials are immediately deported under a “voluntary removal” process that sends them back to their country of origin. Some, such as Lopez-Roque, request a judicial hearing for asylum....
  • Artist who painted Putin in (women’s) underwear flees Russia

    08/28/2013 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2013 10:17 AM EDT
    A museum director says an artist whose paintings depicted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s undergarments has fled the country. The director of St. Petersburg’s Museum of Power, Tatiana Titova, said Wednesday that Konstantin Altunin left for France and was planning to request asylum there. …
  • House Oversight Demands Napolitano Hand Over Information On Growing Asylum Requests

    08/27/2013 8:39:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    The Examiner ^ | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    House Republicans are demanding information from the Department of Homeland Security about immigrants who win access to the U.S. by falsely claiming they are asylum seekers afraid to return to their home countries. In a letter sent Monday to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned whether illegal immigrants were being instructed on how to beat the immigration system by falsely claim they are in the U.S. to seek political asylum. Immigrants are allegedly learning to claim...
  • Sen. Sessions calls on House to stop asylum “abuses”

    08/13/2013 1:23:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 8/13/13 | Teresa Mull
    Republican Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama is known as an open critic of the comprehensive immigration overhaul being considered by Congress. There has been a surge of asylum requests from Mexican immigrants in recent days, and Sessions is not mincing words about it- saying the House should not move forward on the immigration bill until the asylum issue is resolved. “The House cannot allow such actions to continue,” Sessions told FoxNews.com in a written statement. “They must use every power they have to end this absurdity. No immigration bill should advance until these abuses are ended.” According to a FoxNews...
  • Progressives use new asylum rules to seek return of 1.7 million deportees

    08/13/2013 12:58:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/13/2013 | Neil Munro
    A new rush through the U.S. border has been triggered by an outspoken progressive group that is exploiting new asylum regulations to demand American citizenship for 1.7 million illegals previously deported to Mexico, according to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Border officials have told advocates and TV stations that hundreds of people are using the group’s innovative legal tactic to get approval from the border patrol for a temporary legal stay in the country. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance triggered the rush by sending a group of illegals back to Mexico. The illegals then successfully used the asylum claim...
  • ASYLUM-SEEKERS OVERWHELM THE BORDER

    08/12/2013 11:13:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/12/2013 | John Hayward
    For a little sneak preview of where our ruling class’ obsession with amnesty for illegal aliens will lead us, take a look at what’s happening on the border right now. An astonishing surge of asylum seekers has literally overwhelmed U.S. Immigration in San Diego, forcing them to rent out hotel rooms to accommodate the overflow, while some aliens were “released to cities around the U.S.,” according to Fox News: Sources say one day last week, 200 border-crossers came through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry claiming asylum while and as many as 550 overflowed inside the processing center there and...
  • Outrage as Swiss move to segregate asylum-seekers

    08/08/2013 10:22:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 August 2013
    Some Swiss towns plan to keep asylum-seekers away from public places such as swimming pools, playing fields and libraries, in a move human rights groups say is racist. The curbs are aimed at preventing tensions with residents, officials say. ... Roman Staub, mayor of the town of Menzingen, said asylum-seekers should be banned from "sensitive areas" such as the vicinity of a school. "This is certainly a very difficult area, because here asylum-seekers could meet our schoolchildren - young girls or young boys," ... In June voters overwhelmingly backed a controversial move to tighten asylum restrictions, amid a spike in...
  • With Snowden asylum, Russia hits reject on U.S. ‘reset’ policy

    08/02/2013 7:41:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    Snowden’s escape was a personal blow to Mr. Obama, who had spoken by phone with Mr. Putin in recent weeks to appeal for the fugitive’s return to face justice in the U.S. Some Republicans said it was time for Mr. Obama to reconsider his administration’s “reset” with the Kremlin, initiated with fanfare during the tenure of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia,” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said in a joint statement. They called on the Obama administration to push for...
  • Snowden Gets Temporary Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

    08/01/2013 5:13:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Snowden Gets Temporary Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport By PAUL SONNE MOSCOW—National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum for a year in Russia and has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer said on Thursday. NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, says the U.S. has left him "stateless". Is that the case? What happens when the U.S. revokes an American's passport? How often does that happen? How do you renounce your citizenship? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who has been representing Mr. Snowden in Moscow, said the U.S. fugitive received so-called "temporary asylum" for a period of...
  • Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport

    08/01/2013 5:13:19 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 08/01/2013
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory. The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said. “I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added. Snowden has already left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, an RT crew at the scene has confirmed. His present location has not been made public nor will it be disclosed, Kucherena said, adding that Snowden is among the...
  • Edward Snowden Safely Lands In Venezuela Where He Was Granted Asylum To Avoid U.S. Extradition \

    07/30/2013 9:52:09 AM PDT · by tje · 45 replies
    National Report ^ | 07/30/2013 | Paul Horner
    Washington, DC — The Al Jazeera news agency is reporting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has safely landed in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had offered asylum to the former U.S. intelligence contractor on Friday who was believed to be waiting in transit at a Moscow airport. Guillermo Thomas who is a spokesman for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela told aljazeera.com that Snowden is currently in the country and that he is thrilled to be there. “We are very blessed to have Mr. Snowden in our country, it is a pleasure,” Thomas said. “There were no direct flights across...
  • German home-schoolers to appeal to Supreme Court

    07/23/2013 6:11:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2013 4:57 PM EDT
    Attorneys for Christian parents who fled Germany in order to home school their children but have been denied U.S. asylum said they are preparing to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and were working with Congress to try to change asylum law. The Romeikes (roh-MEYE-kees) moved to Morristown in eastern Tennessee in 2008 after an escalating fight with German officials that led to fines totaling €7,000, or more than $9,000. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike said they feared that if they stayed in Bissingen an der Teck in the state of Baden-Württemberg, their children could be taken away...
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [ch. XXVI: 376 AD: Romans grant asylum to destroyers of Rome]

    07/21/2013 4:20:50 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 19 replies
    --snip-- But the attention of the emperor [Valens] was most seriously engaged, by the important intelligence which he received from the civil and military officers who were intrusted with the defence of the Danube. He was informed, that the North was agitated by a furious tempest; that the irruption of the Huns, an unknown and monstrous race of savages, had subverted the power of the Goths; and that the suppliant multitudes of that warlike nation, whose pride was now humbled in the dust, covered a space of many miles along the banks of the river. With outstretched arms, and pathetic...
  • Snowden says he will seek asylum in Russia

    07/12/2013 9:51:26 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2013 | Will Englund
    Fugitive document-leaker Edward Snowden announced Friday that he is submitting a request for political asylum in Russia, where he has been stranded at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23. Eventually, the 30-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency said in a meeting with human rights activists and lawyers, he still hopes to be granted asylum in Latin America.
  • Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela: top lawmaker

    07/09/2013 7:46:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 59 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 9, 2013
    US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks, has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker said on Tuesday.
  • Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling

    03/31/2010 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 223+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | March 30, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 30, 2010 Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling WASHINGTON - Samuel Abrahaley Fessahazion, 23, an Eritrean national, has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle illegal aliens to the United States for private financial gain, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Fessahazion, aka "Sami," aka "Sammy," aka "Alex" and aka "Alex Williams" pleaded guilty on March 29, 2010, in Houston to one count of conspiracy and two counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to, enter or reside in the United...
  • DOJ: Government Has Right to Ban Home Schooling

    07/07/2013 10:57:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 30 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 July 2013 | John Semmens
    The Department of Justice intervened in the case of a German family seeking asylum in order to home school their children. The Romeike family fled Germany when authorities threatened to remove their children from their parents' custody if they weren't sent to public school. Lawyers for the family called teaching one's own children a fundamental parental right. Not so, said a brief filed by the US Department of Justice: “Where the boundary lies between parental authority and state authority is a matter of law. The state's interest in promoting a child's socialization as a participant in the collective body of...
  • India rejects whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum request

    07/02/2013 11:31:08 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    India today rejected a request for asylum by US whistleblower Edward Snowden made through its Mission in Moscow three days ago. "I can confirm that earlier today our Embassy in Moscow did receive a communication dated 30 June from Mr Edward Snowden. That communication did contain a request for asylum. We have carefully examined the request. Following that examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the request," spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said here. Snowden, a US former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked...
  • Edward Snowden asks Ecuador for asylum

    06/23/2013 10:42:54 AM PDT · by SgtBilko · 217 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 June 2013 | BBC
    Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who leaked classified documents revealing US internet and phone surveillance, has asked Ecuador for asylum. The request was confirmed by Ecuador's foreign minister on Twitter. Mr Snowden had fled the US for Hong Kong but flew out on Sunday morning and is currently in Moscow.
  • Edward Snowden: Russia offers to consider asylum request

    06/11/2013 4:59:20 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 52 replies
    guardian ^ | 6/11 | elder
    Russia has offered to consider an asylum request from the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Kremlin's latest move to woo critics of the west. Snowden fled the United States before leaking the details of a top-secret US surveillance programme to the Guardian earlier this month. He is currently believed to be in Hong Kong, but has reportedly changed hotels to keep his location secret. Fearing US retaliation, Snowden said at the weekend that "my predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values", citing Iceland as an example. He also defended his decision to flee to Hong...