FILE - People line up to cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico, July 26, 2018.
FILE - People line up to cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico, July 26, 2018.

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When deportation feels like 'extra punishment'

How long after an immigrant is convicted of a crime and serves time in prison can federal agents detain him/her to start removal from the country? Days? Weeks? Years? A lawsuit under way in the U.S. Supreme Court is attempting to clarify how long is too long.

Turned away at the border

A blistering report released by Amnesty International this week accuses the United States of blocking asylum-seekers from requesting asylum at the Mexico border — a policy the watchdog says violates human rights law. 

Australia needs fewer immigrants, says politician

Gladys Berejiklian, the daughter of Armenian migrants, is the head of Australia's most populous state. She thinks New South Wales is suffering from rampant population growth, and wants half as many immigrants to be allowed in.

Market shares

Recent immigrants to Minnesota gave a beloved farmers' market a much-needed boost of adrenaline — and hot sauce. "I enjoy being in the market," a Nepalese-American beekeeper tells VOA. "Feels like home."

No freedom to move, no deal to go home

Facing violence and persecution, hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state fled in the last year. The country agreed to improve conditions in a June pact with U.N. agencies, in order for refugees to be repatriated. But the U.N. says that's just not possible given the lack of progress.