Tag: political asylum

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Looking Back at the Scandal of 2011: The Seductive Frenchman and a Feisty Hotel Maid

Nafissatou Diallo’s criminal charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were dismissed. But questions remain about asylum-seekers and the U.S. justice system.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Puts Spotlight on False Asylum Applications

The credibility of DSK’s accuser is being questioned over inconsistencies between the story on her political asylum application and the information she gave to investigators. But immigration lawyers say inconsistencies in asylum cases are quite common.

Internally displaced children in Iraq - Photo: Dave Malkoff

U.S. Troops Come Home, But Iraqi Refugees Can’t Return

Despite the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, the struggles continue for Iraqis displaced by the war.

A still from Arigona Zogaj's video message, pleading for asylum in Austria - Photo: Alex Barth

Austrian Asylum Request For Teenager Denied After 8 Year Struggle

In an increasingly anti-immigrant atmosphere, Austria’s highest court has ruled that 18-year-old Arigona Zogaj must leave her adoptive home in Austria and return to Kosovo, the country she barely knows.

Obama's Undocumented Aunt: A Reflection of the Nation's Immigration Reality

By Suman Raghunathan, Feet In 2 Worlds consultant

The Associated Press broke the story Friday that presidential candidate Barack Obama has a half-aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who, after her request for political asylum was rejected, is now undocumented and living in Boston.

The range of immigration statuses within Obama’s extended family reflects the reality of many immigrant families in the United States. Both Obama and his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, are US citizens; Soetoro-Ng is married to a Canadian citizen. And like many immigrants, Obama has a large extended family still living in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

Today, mixed-status families are extraordinarily common. For example, according to the Urban Institute, there are at least 5 million children in the country with at least one immigrant parent. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 3 million of these children have at least one parent who is undocumented.

During nearly two decades of historic migration to the US, in a period of extended economic growth powered in large part by immigrant labor, the number of Americans born to immigrant parents has risen steadily. The changes to the nation’s demographic make-up are dramatic. According to Pew, more than half or the growth in the US population in the last decade alone came from Latino communities, much of it due to recent immigrants and their children.