Saudi Asylum Seeker Granted Refuge in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun, who live-Tweeted her battle to escape her abusive family by seeking asylum, has found refuge in Canada.

Al-Qanun fled her abusive family in Saudi Arabia, seeking asylum in Australia on the grounds that she believed her father and brother would kill her for renouncing her Islamic faith — a crime which carries the death penalty.

She was intercepted and detained by Thai officials and nearly deported back to her family, but was granted refugee status by the United Nations Human Rights Council and given asylum in Canada.

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Saudi Asylum Seeker Granted Refugee Status

The United Nations Human Rights Council has granted refugee status to Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun.

Al-Qanun was traveling through Thailand with Australia as her final destination, and was using a tourist visa to gain entry to the country.

However, when it became clear that tourism was not her intention, Australian officials declared that she would not be granted entry and airport staff in Thailand attempted to force Mohammed to return to Saudi Arabia, prompting her to barricade herself in the airport and live-stream her experience on Twitter.

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Asylum Ban Blocked by SCOTUS

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the block on the administration’s ban against immigrants who cross the border outside a legal port of entry and their ability to apply for asylum.

It was a narrow 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts again siding with the liberal faction of the court as the deciding vote.

Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas all voted in support of the ban.

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Statue of Liberty Protester Found Guilty

Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in protest of immigrant detention, has been found guilty of multiple federal crimes.

Okoumou famously climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the Trump administration’s separation and detention of immigrant children.

While her lawyers argued that the moral imperative compelling her to take action against the detention of children should outweigh the illegality of her actions, the court decided otherwise.

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Asylum Seeker Dies of Hunger Strike

Russian asylum-seeker Amar Mergansana had been on an 86-day hunger strike when he lost consciousness and eventually died.

He was transferred from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and taken to a hospital earlier this month before passing away Saturday at the age of 40.

An asylum-seeker from Russia, Mergansana entered the United States via the U.S.-Mexico border and was intercepted there by ICE and taken into custody where he ultimately died.

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Trans Asylum-Seeker Beaten Before Death

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez’s body was found with signs of extensive hemorrhaging and contusions after her death in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

The 33-year-old trans woman fell ill and died on May 25 while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and may very likely have been beaten prior to her death according to an independent autopsy.

The Washington Post reported that the autopsy showed signs of extensive hemorrhaging around her wrists consistent with handcuff injuries as well as bruises and contusions typical of blunt force trauma.

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Judge Temporarily Stays Asylum Ban

A California judge ruled Monday that the president could not move forward with his order restricting asylum seekers to legal ports of entry.

The president had issued an executive order banning all asylum seekers who entered the country through any point other than a designated port of entry from applying for asylum.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled that the president’s scope of authority does not extend to single-handed immigration policy changes.

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President Permits Soldiers to Shoot Migrants

The president told U.S. troops to treat the rocks thrown by migrants like rifles and gave the troops permission to “fight back.”

The terrifying rhetoric comes only one day after the president announced he would send as many as 15,000 U.S. troops to the border to fend off the approaching group of migrants seeking refuge and asylum in the United States.

The so-called caravan primarily consists of women and children seeking relief from violence, poverty, and hunger in Central America.

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President May Triple Military Presence at U.S.-Mexico Border

The president is threatening to send as many as 15,000 troops to guard the U.S.-Mexico border as a large group of migrants attempt to gain entry into the country.

The heavy-handed response would see three times the number of troops stationed in Iraq sent to the U.S.-Mexico border; it would also exceed the number of troops in Afghanistan.

It is unclear whether or not the troops at the border will be required to adhere to posse comitatus, which is a law which was passed after the Civil War and prohibits anyone from using the armed forces to uphold domestic laws.

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Migrant Caravan Approaches U.S.

The caravan of central American migrants is approaching the United States-Mexico border, its numbers having swelled to at least 7,000.

The president’s response thus far has been to threaten to withdraw aid from Honduras, to call for the declaration of a national emergency, and to threaten to send the military to the border to keep the caravan from entering the United States.

He has also claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners” have taken up with the caravan in an effort to enter the country.

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