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US Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over Migrant Expulsions

The Biden administration's special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked... Read More

The Biden administration's special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday. Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July,... Read More

Officials: Many Migrants From Border Camp Staying in US

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the... Read More

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate... Read More

Parliamentarian Deals blow to Dems' Immigration Push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party's... Read More

States Learning How Many Afghan Evacuees Coming Their Way

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is... Read More

2021-09-15 14:43:02
by Kate Michael
American Immigration System Not Prepared for Afghan Refugee Situation

WASHINGTON — After a frantic two weeks of the biggest military evacuations in history, the United States is trying to... Read More

WASHINGTON — After a frantic two weeks of the biggest military evacuations in history, the United States is trying to figure out what to do with tens of thousands of Afghan refugees that will soon be flooding into the country. ... Read More

2021-08-25 14:45:00
by Reece Nations
Texas Gov. Abbott Again Deploys National Guard to Aid Border Arrests

AUSTIN, Texas —  Texas National Guardsmen will once again be assisting Department of Public Safety troopers in arresting individuals caught... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas —  Texas National Guardsmen will once again be assisting Department of Public Safety troopers in arresting individuals caught crossing the border into the U.S. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday saying in addition to assisting with... Read More

2021-08-25 14:32:37
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Orders 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Reinstated

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening refused to block a court ruling ordering the Biden administration to reinstate... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening refused to block a court ruling ordering the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era policy that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S. With the court’s three... Read More

2021-08-04 20:00:35
by Reece Nations
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday impeding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order directing... Read More

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday impeding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order directing state troopers to detain drivers suspected of transporting migrants due to COVID-19 concerns. Abbott issued the order last week, allowing... Read More

2021-07-29 15:50:00
by Dan McCue
White House Releases Strategy to Slow Migration at Southern Border

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that efforts to address root causes of migration from three Central American... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that efforts to address root causes of migration from three Central American countries won't produce immediate results as she unveiled a broad strategy that expands on principles the Biden administration previously outlined.... Read More

2021-07-29 14:49:12
by Reece Nations
Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests

AUSTIN, Texas -- In accordance with plans first announced in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the state... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas -- In accordance with plans first announced in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the state National Guard to aid Department of Public Safety troopers with apprehending individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.... Read More

2021-07-27 14:48:48
by Dan McCue
New White House Plan Speeds up Asylum Approval and Deportation

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday released a 21-point plan aimed at processing asylum claims quickly and deporting those... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday released a 21-point plan aimed at processing asylum claims quickly and deporting those who do not qualify. “Asylum and other legal migration pathways should remain available to those seeking protection. Those not seeking... Read More

2021-07-18 12:06:09
by Dan McCue
President Calls for Ending DACA Uncertainty After Court Declares Program 'Illegal'

President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, by executive order in 2012,... Read More

President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, by executive order in 2012, a federal judge ruled Friday. But U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, presiding in the federal court in Houston, stopped short... Read More

Democrats Eye Immigration Action in Budget, But Outlook Hazy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and immigration advocates are staring at their best chance in years to overcome Republican opposition... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and immigration advocates are staring at their best chance in years to overcome Republican opposition and give millions of people in the U.S. without legal authorization a way to become citizens. Their goal is to... Read More

Biden Calls for Bipartisan Action on Pathway to Citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called for bipartisan action on a pathway to citizenship for some migrants during a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called for bipartisan action on a pathway to citizenship for some migrants during a naturalization ceremony Friday at the White House in which he celebrated the contributions immigrants have made to the U.S.  "We... Read More

2021-07-06 13:48:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp
California Budget Expands Health Care For Older Undocumented Immigrants

In California, undocumented immigrants over the age of 50 will soon be able to sign up for Medi-Cal, the state's... Read More

In California, undocumented immigrants over the age of 50 will soon be able to sign up for Medi-Cal, the state's low-income health care program. The update is just one of the expansions included in the state budget, which also has... Read More

Joining Trump at Border, GOP Congressman Eyes Path to Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the invitation of Donald Trump, Indiana Rep. Jim Banks recently led a small group of House... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the invitation of Donald Trump, Indiana Rep. Jim Banks recently led a small group of House Republicans to the former president's New Jersey golf club, where they dined on beef tenderloin, posed for photos and briefed... Read More

Harris Heads to Border After Facing Criticism for Absence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris faces perhaps the most politically challenging moment of her vice presidency Friday when she visits... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris faces perhaps the most politically challenging moment of her vice presidency Friday when she visits the U.S. southern border as part of her role leading the Biden administration's response to a steep increase in migration.... Read More

US Ends Strict Trump-era Asylum Rules for Violence Victims

The U.S. government on Wednesday ended two Trump administration policies that made it harder for immigrants fleeing violence to qualify... Read More

The U.S. government on Wednesday ended two Trump administration policies that made it harder for immigrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum, especially Central Americans. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued new instructions to immigration judges to stop following the Trump-era... Read More

Blunt Message, Search for Answers Mark VP's 1st Foreign Trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris came to Latin America to deliver a message rather than clinch some... Read More

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris came to Latin America to deliver a message rather than clinch some kind of concrete deal. She bluntly told migrants not to travel to the United States. She spoke of the evils... Read More

US Taps Groups to Pick Asylum-Seekers to Allow Into Country

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration has quietly tasked six humanitarian groups with recommending which migrants should be allowed... Read More

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration has quietly tasked six humanitarian groups with recommending which migrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. instead of being rapidly expelled from the country under federal pandemic-related powers that block people... Read More

2021-06-01 20:09:58
by Dan McCue
Gorsuch Holds 9th Circuit Went Too Far in Accepting Immigrant Testimony

WASHINGTON - In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court tossed a pair of decisions from the 9th U.S. Circuit, holding... Read More

WASHINGTON - In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court tossed a pair of decisions from the 9th U.S. Circuit, holding the appellate court went too far in assuming that an immigrant's testimony was credible unless an immigrant judge said otherwise.... Read More

Many Wait Uneasily as Biden Unwinds Key Trump Asylum Policy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In March of 2020, Estela Lazo appeared before Immigration Judge Lee O'Connor with her two children,... Read More

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In March of 2020, Estela Lazo appeared before Immigration Judge Lee O'Connor with her two children, her muscles tensed and a lump in her throat. Would they receive asylum? O'Connor's answer: No – he wasn't even... Read More

Number of Children Traveling Alone at Border Eases in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from... Read More

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from an all-time high a month earlier, while more adults were found coming without families, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities encountered 17,171... Read More

Biden Quadruples Trump Refugee Cap After Delay Backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump. Refugee resettlement agencies... Read More

2021-05-03 20:49:49
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Biden Terminates Diversion of Funds for Construction of Border Wall

WASHINGTON- The Biden administration has begun the process of canceling all sections of the border wall that were funded by... Read More

WASHINGTON- The Biden administration has begun the process of canceling all sections of the border wall that were funded by money diverted from military projects, in relation to a federal walk back of one of the Trump administration's principal policy... Read More

US Begins Reuniting Some Families Separated at Mexico Border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during... Read More

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls... Read More

2021-04-05 19:47:06
by Reece Nations
ICE Rebuts DHS Watchdog Recommendations in Detention Facility Report

ELOY, Ariz. — Detainees at an immigrant detention center in Arizona are alleging they experienced mistreatment, slurs and abuse by... Read More

ELOY, Ariz. — Detainees at an immigrant detention center in Arizona are alleging they experienced mistreatment, slurs and abuse by the staff after a Department of Homeland Security audit of the facility.  Immigrants held at the La Palma Correctional Center... Read More

2021-03-24 19:52:36
by TWN Staff
Biden Taps Harris to Take Lead on Response to Border Crisis

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of leading the White House effort to... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of leading the White House effort to get a handle on the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden made the announcement as he and Harris... Read More

Biden Aims to Prevent Border Crossings From Swamping Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda. With the number of migrants surging, administration officials say Biden inherited an... Read More

2021-03-19 00:36:59
by Dan McCue
House Opens Door for Citizenship to Dreamers, Migrant Workers

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to open a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, migrant farm workers and other immigrants... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to open a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, migrant farm workers and other immigrants who've fled war or natural disasters in their home countries. On a near party-line 228-197 vote, lawmakers approved one bill... Read More

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