Kristina Cooke

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5 May 2019 | 4:31 AM

Exclusive: New training document for asylum screenings reflects tougher U.S. stance

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration has revised training guidelines for asylum officers in ways that could make it harder for migrants seeking refuge in the United States to pass an initial screening.

3 May 2019 | 9:43 AM

Rights groups sue over U.S. decision to hold asylum seekers without bond

(Reuters) - Immigrant rights groups asked a U.S. court on Thursday to reverse a Trump administration decision that allows asylum seekers who cross the border illegally to be held without bond.

17 Apr 2019 | 10:28 AM

Trump attorney general's ruling expands indefinite detention for asylum seekers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard.

10 Mar 2019 | 8:33 PM

More than 2,000 migrants quarantined in U.S. detention centres due to disease outbreaks

(Reuters) - Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he'd found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.

22 Feb 2019 | 11:19 AM

U.S. judge weighs expanding lawsuit over family separations to cover more children

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday appeared open to ordering the government to find potentially thousands of additional children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration, which could greatly expand the scope of a lawsuit challenging the separations.

14 Feb 2019 | 11:24 PM

First stop for migrant kids: For-profit detention centre

HOMESTEAD, Fla., SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Reuters) - For a growing number of migrant children, this is their first home in America: a sprawling campus dotted with beige buildings, massive white tents and metal trailers, next door to a U.S. Air Force base.

18 Jan 2019 | 2:12 PM

$11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice.

22 Dec 2018 | 4:41 AM

U.S. plan to keep asylum seekers in Mexico sows confusion

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mexican and U.S. officials charged with carrying out a radical new change in U.S. immigration policy to process asylum seekers in Mexico say they have not been informed about how the plan will work in practice .

9 Nov 2018 | 7:45 AM

Trump administration moves to curb migrants' asylum claims

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the U.S. southern border illegally from seeking asylum.

17 Oct 2018 | 7:08 PM

U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Here's why

(Reuters) - Liliana Barrios was working in a California bakery in July and facing possible deportation when she got a call from her immigration attorney with some good news.