Immigration

Blunt Message, Search for Answers Mark VP's 1st Foreign Trip
Immigration
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 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
Immigration
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 to stay in the U.S. instead of being rapidly expelled from the country under federal pandemic-related powers that block people... Read More

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

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
Immigration
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, 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
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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 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
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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 facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump. Refugee resettlement agencies... Read More

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

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
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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 Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls... Read More

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

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

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

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
Immigration
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 that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda. With the number of migrants surging, administration officials say Biden inherited an... Read More

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

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

Immigration Bills Face Challenge as Border Crossings Surge
Immigration
Immigration Bills Face Challenge as Border Crossings Surge
2021-03-18 19:35:51
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Democrats are poised to capitalize on their legislative momentum by passing a pair of immigration bills that would grant legal status to millions of immigrants if enacted.  Conversely, congressional Republicans are capitalizing on the surge of migrant border... Read More

Despite Headwinds, House Set to OK Dems' Immigration Bills
Congress
Despite Headwinds, House Set to OK Dems' Immigration Bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats seem poised to claim victory in the House's first votes this year on immigration, but moving legislation on the divisive issue all the way through Congress to President Joe Biden is an uphill fight. The House... Read More

House to Take Up Immigration This Week
Immigration
House to Take Up Immigration This Week
2021-03-15 13:41:29
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House is poised to vote on two immigration bills this week, as debate continues over how to address the surging numbers of migrant children and families being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. The first bill, the Dream... Read More

Immigration Advocates Weigh the Potential of Piecemeal Policies
Immigration
Immigration Advocates Weigh the Potential of Piecemeal Policies
2021-03-04 14:59:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Immigration, an often controversial political topic, has played an important role in American history and continues to shape the nation today. While the United States actually has one of the most open immigration policies in the world, accepting... Read More

Biden and Congressional Democrats to Unveil Immigration Bill
Immigration
Biden and Congressional Democrats to Unveil Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status.The... Read More

White House Urges Asylum-Seekers to Be Patient As Start of Processing Begins
Immigration
White House Urges Asylum-Seekers to Be Patient As Start of Processing Begins
2021-02-16 21:17:39
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The White House urged asylum-seekers to be patient and to abide by proper procedures as the United States readies itself to begin processing their claims on Friday. In a joint statement released Tuesday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan... Read More

Some Asylum-Seekers Waiting in Mexico to Be Allowed in US
Immigration
Some Asylum-Seekers Waiting in Mexico to Be Allowed in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed.The first of an... Read More

Biden Signs Immigration Orders as Congress Awaits More
Immigration
Biden Signs Immigration Orders as Congress Awaits More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a second spate of orders to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, demonstrating the powers of the White House and its limitations without support from Congress. His orders on family separation, border security and... Read More

Biden Expands Quick Bid to Undo Trump’s Immigration Policies
Immigration
Biden Expands Quick Bid to Undo Trump’s Immigration Policies

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday announced steps to address harm to thousands of families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, expanding efforts to quickly undo relentless changes to immigration policy over the last four years.... Read More

Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden Deportation Plan
Immigration
Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden Deportation Plan
2021-01-29 20:26:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a Biden administration plan to impose a 100-day moratorium on deportations. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump appointee, granted a temporary restraining order sought by Texas Attorney General... Read More

DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule
Immigration
DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo... Read More

Trump Agreements Seek to Tie Biden's Hands on Immigration
Immigration
Trump Agreements Seek to Tie Biden's Hands on Immigration

SAN DIEGO (AP) — During the Trump administration’s final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden’s efforts to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies. The agreements... Read More

White House Ends 'Emergency' at Mexican Border, Stops Border Wall Funding
Immigration
White House Ends 'Emergency' at Mexican Border, Stops Border Wall Funding
2021-01-21 19:04:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has ended construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, calling former President Donald Trump's signature infrastructure project "a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security." On... Read More

Biden to Prioritize Legal Status for Millions of Immigrants
Immigration
Biden to Prioritize Legal Status for Millions of Immigrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within... Read More

Watchdog: DOJ Bungled 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy
Immigration
Watchdog: DOJ Bungled 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department leaders under President Donald Trump knew their 2018 “zero tolerance” border policy would result in family separations but pressed on with prosecutions even as other agencies became overwhelmed with migrants, a government watchdog report released... Read More

Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril
Immigration
Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tuesday court hearing over a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children highlights the peril the program still faces even under an incoming Democratic president who has pledged to protect it. A... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
2020-12-18 17:58:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to President Donald Trump's plan to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count as premature. Trump's insistence that illegal immigrants be excluded from the count could... Read More

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
Immigration
Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
2020-12-05 00:57:06
by Dan McCue

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Trump administration must allow all eligible immigrants to file new applications for protection under the DACA program, and find a way to contact individuals who are eligible for the protection to notify them of the change,... Read More

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