Asma Khan: ‘As an immigrant, I want everyone to know you cannot eat my food if you don’t also take me’

Asma Khan almost didn’t make it to her talk at the Santa Fe Literary Festival. The decorated chef and cookbook author set up a café in a Yazidi refugee camp in Iraq in 2019, offering training to girls who had been sold into slavery by Isis. It was an audacious thing to attempt, unusual for a chef who had only recently starred in the Netflix series Chef’s Table and set up her own restaurant in central London. “I asked for volunteers for chefs and the only girl who put her hand up was a girl who stammered a lot,” Khan...
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On This Day: Bush policy allows immediate return of Haitian refugees

In 1701, Capt. William Kidd was hanged in London for piracy and murder. In 1829, Cyrill Demian was granted a patent for his musical instrument called the accordion. In 1900, U.S. Army Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was cited for his efforts during the Civil War battle of Fort Wagner, S.C., in June 1863.

Court ruling extends uneven treatment for asylum-seekers

As the sun set over the Rio Grande, about 120 Cubans, Colombians and Venezuelans who waded through waist-deep water stepped into Border Patrol vehicles, soon to be released in the United States to pursue their immigration cases.Across the border in the Mexican town of Piedras Negras, Honduran families banded together in a section of downtown with cracked sidewalks, narrow streets and few people, unsure where to spend the night because city's only shelter was full.The opposite fortunes illustrate the dual nature of U.S. border enforcement under pandemic rules, known as Title 42 and named for a 1944 public health...

Court ruling leaves migrants in limbo at Mexican-US border

Asylum seekers in the dusty, violence-plagued Mexican border city of Reynosa were back to playing an uncertain waiting game Saturday, their dreams of entering the United States frustrated anew by a health rule imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic. A federal judge ruled Friday that the rule known as Title 42 -- meant to stem the spread of Covid, it can effectively prevent anyone without a visa from entering the United States, even to claim asylum -- must remain in effect.