Haitian and African Asylum Seekers Denied at Mexican Border + More News

by Debra Brown

ATPB News: Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Asylum seekers from Haiti and Countries throughout Africa denied Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border. 

Dozens of Haitian and African migrants clashed with Mexican security forces outside the Siglo XXI migration post in Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, close to the Guatemalan border, demanding to be given visas to continue on their journey north. 

Donald Trump has continually demanded that Mexican officials “do more” to thwart the flow of migrants north with hefty economic threats that would significantly affect Mexican commercial trade with the U.S.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has denied changing its immigration policies in response to Trump threats but has appeared to slow down on its practice of awarding so-called humanitarian visas that allow migrants from other countries to pass freely within its borders. Without such papers, they are vulnerable to harassment, crime, extortion, human traffickers and deportation from officials.

The narrative surrounding the Trump administration’s immigration policy has focused on immigrants from Central America at the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigrants fleeing violence or poverty in Haiti and countries throughout Africa are increasingly among those seeking asylum.

Donald Trump’s current immigration policy limits the number of people who can apply for asylum each day, leaving thousands of people in limbo in Mexico waiting to be allowed through the port of entry into the U.S. to make their case. The Trump administration says its metering policy is needed to control the numbers of asylum seekers, but advocates say the policy violates U.S. law that says people have a right to seek refuge in the U.S.


N.R.A. files suit against San Francisco 

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco, after the city’s board of supervisors declared the group a terrorist organization and moved to limit relationships with companies that do business with the N.R.A.

The suit alleges that the city is violating the N.R.A.’s First Amendment speech rights and has effectively moved to “blacklist anyone linked to the N.R.A.” 

The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani, after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in which three people were killed and more than a dozen others injured.


Hundreds of Hurricane Dorian survivors were turned away from the U.S.

Hundreds of Bahamians who survived Hurricane Dorian were turned away from a Florida-bound ferry from Freeport, after being told that they wouldn’t be allowed into the U.S. because they didn’t have visas.

Under existing U.S. policy, Bahamians can enter the United States without a visa by providing a passport and proof of no criminal record and going through pre-screening conducted by CBP in Freeport and Nassau.

CBP said the ferry operator, identified by local reporters as Balearia Caribbean, was at fault for not properly coordinating with government officials.

Mark Green, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development said, “In the Bahamas, tens of thousands are still without homes, electricity or clean water”. Hurricane Dorian’s death toll in the Bahamas climbed to 50 and thousands of people remain missing.


Republican Dan Bishop wins tight race in North Carolina  

Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready in North Carolina’s 9th District in a race that drew national attention. His victory resolves the last contested House race of 2018.

Democrat, Dan McCready appeared to lose narrowly last November to another Republican, Mark Harris, but state officials ordered a new election after evidence emerged that Mr. Harris’s campaign had paid for an illegal absentee ballot operation. It was one of the most high-profile examples of election fraud in modern-day American politics.

Republicans and Democrats have spent millions of dollars on the redo, an indication of how concerned Republicans are about losing what would normally be a safe seat for them. Outside spending from both parties and PACs exceeded $10.7 million, making this the second-most expensive House special election in U.S. history in terms of independent and expenditures. Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence campaigned for Mr. Bishop the day before the election.


House committees launch probe of Trump, Giuliani, and Ukraine

Three U.S. House of Representatives committees have started “a wide-ranging investigation” into reports that President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and possibly others pressured Ukraine’s government to assist Trump’s re-election campaign.

The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees wrote to the White House and State Department seeking records related to what they described as efforts to “manipulate the Ukrainian justice system.”


50 U.S. States and Territories announce broad antitrust investigations against Google

Fifty state attorneys general, led by Texas, have announced an investigation into Google’s “potential monopolistic behavior.” The investigations will initially focus on the advertising market and whether Google broke the law in achieving dominance in the industry, said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the probe.

European antitrust regulators have fined Google $1.7 billion for saying it unfairly inserted exclusivity clauses into contracts with advertisers, a clear disadvantage for its rivals in the online advertising business. The company is appealing the fine.


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