Immigration

Supreme Court Rejects White House Bid to Overturn California 'Sanctuary' Law
Immigration
Supreme Court Rejects White House Bid to Overturn California 'Sanctuary' Law
2020-06-15 18:54:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to overturn one of California's so-called “sanctuary” laws, leaving intact rules prohibiting law enforcement from aiding federal agents in taking custody of immigrants as they are released from... Read More

Immigrants Anxious as They Await Supreme Court DACA Decision
Immigration
Immigrants Anxious as They Await Supreme Court DACA Decision

PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya’s hands get sweaty and her throat feels like it’s closing just talking about the anxiety of every Monday this spring. The immigrant rights activist who's shielded from deportation and allowed to legally work in the... Read More

Homeland Security Grossly Understated Family Separations, Watchdog Says
Homeland Security
Homeland Security Grossly Understated Family Separations, Watchdog Says

Customs and Border Protection separated dozens more migrant children at ports of entry in 2018 than it publicly attested to at the height of the Trump administration’s so-called zero tolerance policy, according to a new report published Tuesday by the... Read More

State Legislatures Are Increasingly Looking To Take The Lead On Immigration
Immigration
State Legislatures Are Increasingly Looking To Take The Lead On Immigration
2020-05-29 15:01:51
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - In the past decade, many U.S. states have faced labor shortages that have placed a financial strain on local businesses and economies.  With fewer skilled immigrants entering the country and young people losing interest in blue-collar jobs, key... Read More

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Seeks $1.2 Billion From Congress
Immigration
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Seeks $1.2 Billion From Congress

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has requested $1.2 billion in emergency funding due to a drastic decline in green card and other visa applications that could drain its fee-based coffers by this summer, the agency said Monday. USCIS,... Read More

With DACA Down to the Wire, Immigrant Health Care Workers Fight the Pandemic as Possible Deportation Looms
Immigration
With DACA Down to the Wire, Immigrant Health Care Workers Fight the Pandemic as Possible Deportation Looms

PHILADELPHIA — When hospital CT technologist Louise Rogenski scans patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, she’s close enough to see the fear in their eyes. She never lets it show that she’s anxious too — and not only because... Read More

COVID-19 and Immigration: Health and Legal Implications of Dealing with the System
Immigration
COVID-19 and Immigration: Health and Legal Implications of Dealing with the System
2020-04-24 13:52:58
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - While COVID-19 is amplifying conundrums in many policy areas, perhaps nowhere has this been more manifest than in the area of immigrants and the U.S. immigration system.  President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he had signed an executive... Read More

Trump Signs Immigration Order Sharply Different From What He Planned
Immigration
Trump Signs Immigration Order Sharply Different From What He Planned

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation on immigration that will restrict some people from entering the country over the next 60 days, but does not shut off applications for permanent residence as he had publicly declared... Read More

Trump Says He Will Suspend Immigration Green Cards Amid Outbreak
Immigration
Trump Says He Will Suspend Immigration Green Cards Amid Outbreak

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, citing the economic impact of the coronavirus shutdown, on Tuesday ordered a 60-day ban on new immigrants seeking permanent status in the United States. The ban will cover people seeking green cards that provide permanent... Read More

Trump Says He'll 'Suspend Immigration,' Offers No Details
Immigration
Trump Says He'll 'Suspend Immigration,' Offers No Details

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he will sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the... Read More

REPORT: Immigration Reform Was A Hot Topic For State Legislatures In 2019
Immigration
REPORT: Immigration Reform Was A Hot Topic For State Legislatures In 2019
2020-04-20 13:56:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Congress made little progress on immigration reform last year, but state legislatures are keeping the ball rolling. Nearly every U.S. state passed legislation related to immigration in 2019, according to a report by the National Council on State... Read More

Trump Administration, Citing Coronavirus, Expels 10,000 Migrants in Less Than 3 Weeks
Immigration
Trump Administration, Citing Coronavirus, Expels 10,000 Migrants in Less Than 3 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has quickly expelled roughly 10,000 migrants to Mexico and other countries in less than three weeks since imposing its most severe immigration restrictions yet in response to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Thursday. After the... Read More

Immigrants Must Have Bond Hearing After Being Held 6 Months, Appeals Court Rules
Immigration
Immigrants Must Have Bond Hearing After Being Held 6 Months, Appeals Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided 2-1 Tuesday that detained immigrants facing deportation and possible persecution in their home countries must be given bond hearings after six months. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,... Read More

‘Dreamers’ Fear Loss of Legal Status as USCIS Offices Stay Closed
Immigration
‘Dreamers’ Fear Loss of Legal Status as USCIS Offices Stay Closed

WASHINGTON — For tens of thousands of immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the coronavirus pandemic has created additional challenges to staying in the U.S. legally. Adrian Escarate, a 31-year-old “Dreamer” from Chile, needs to renew... Read More

Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says
Law
Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable adult guardians, saying there are serious questions about whether the facilities are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an order... Read More

Appeals Court Says White House Can Withhold Funds for Immigrant-Friendly Policies
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Appeals Court Says White House Can Withhold Funds for Immigrant-Friendly Policies

NEW YORK — The Trump administration can withhold millions in crime-fighting grants from states to force cooperation with immigration enforcement, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The decision reversed a lower court decision on the money named for... Read More

How a Nonprofit Lender Is Helping to Make Immigration More Affordable
Immigration
How a Nonprofit Lender Is Helping to Make Immigration More Affordable

MIAMI — For Vantanna Tarver — a 37-year-old Tampa resident — the cost of reuniting with her Jamaican boyfriend after he was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody was high. $4,000. That’s the bond amount Tarver had to come... Read More

Green Card Gridlock: When Will Congress Agree on a Solution?
Immigration
Green Card Gridlock: When Will Congress Agree on a Solution?

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 18, immigration reform stalwart Richard J. Durbin’s announcement on the Senate floor about a rare bipartisan breakthrough flew largely under the radar, overshadowed in the chaotic flurry of impeachment. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Republican Sen.... Read More

Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear
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Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump marked the roughly third-year anniversary of his controversial “travel ban” on Friday by adding six African, Central and East Asian countries to the list of those whose nationals face restrictions on travel to the United... Read More

How a Single Policy Transformed the US Asylum System
Immigration
How a Single Policy Transformed the US Asylum System

SAN DIEGO — Over the last year, the Trump administration has dramatically changed the way the U.S. asylum system processes many of the people coming to the southwest border to seek protection. The administration has heralded those changes as a... Read More

Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
Immigration
Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
2020-01-27 22:04:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court split along ideological lines Monday in a decision allowing the White House to proceed with a rule making it harder for immigrants who rely on public assistance to gain legal status. The unsigned order lifts... Read More

US Border Authorities See Spike in Unaccompanied Minors From Mexico
Immigration
US Border Authorities See Spike in Unaccompanied Minors From Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico — It’s 10 a.m., but it’s still pretty early for a group of teenage boys who are just waking up inside a migrant shelter for unaccompanied children along a busy highway in Tijuana. At Casa YMCA de Menores... Read More

After Drastic Policy Changes, More Than 20,000 Cubans Asylum Seekers Are Fighting Deportation
Immigration
After Drastic Policy Changes, More Than 20,000 Cubans Asylum Seekers Are Fighting Deportation

MIAMI — Caught between immigration policy changes championed by two very different administrations, a record number of Cubans are now fighting deportation, as they try to gain asylum in the United States. The Trump administration opened deportation proceedings against 25,044... Read More

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Executive Order That Lets State Leaders Ban Refugees
Immigration
Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Executive Order That Lets State Leaders Ban Refugees

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration executive order that gives state and local officials discretion on whether or not refugees would be allowed to resettle in their jurisdictions. Wednesday’s preliminary injunction, issued by U.S. District Judge Peter... Read More

The Northwest Turns Up the Heat on ICE, Making It Harder to Arrest and Deport Immigrants
Immigration
The Northwest Turns Up the Heat on ICE, Making It Harder to Arrest and Deport Immigrants

YAKIMA, Wash. — A man in handcuffs locked to a belt chain trudged up metal stairs, eyes fixed on the door of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement charter plane bound for El Paso, Texas. He turned and brightened when... Read More

Seeing a Central American Surge, Mexicans Join  Asylum Line at US Border
Immigration
Seeing a Central American Surge, Mexicans Join Asylum Line at US Border

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Emma Sánchez waited patiently in line at the foot of a bridge leading across the Rio Grande and into Texas, one of tens of thousands of people stuck on Mexico’s northern border seeking political asylum in the... Read More

Congress Members Demand Probe of Fake Court Hearings That Sent Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico
Immigration
Congress Members Demand Probe of Fake Court Hearings That Sent Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico

p More than 50 members of Congress are calling for an investigation into reports of Customs and Border Protection officials issuing fake court hearing notices to bar asylum-seekers from entering the U.S. even after they’ve been granted asylum. On Friday,... Read More

Cuban Deportations Have More Than Doubled in The Past Year, New Data Shows
Immigration
Cuban Deportations Have More Than Doubled in The Past Year, New Data Shows

More than twice as many Cubans were deported this year compared to last year, according to new data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Wednesday, federal officials released its latest deportation statistics, which showed that 1,179 Cubans were... Read More

US Starts Sending Families Seeking Asylum to Guatemala, Even If They’re Not From There
Immigration
US Starts Sending Families Seeking Asylum to Guatemala, Even If They’re Not From There

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials have started to send families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they are not from the Central American country and had sought protection in the United States, the Los Angeles Times has learned. In July, the... Read More

In Pennsylvania’s Conservative Heartland, a Historic Cloister Explores the Immigrant Struggle
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In Pennsylvania’s Conservative Heartland, a Historic Cloister Explores the Immigrant Struggle

EPHRATA, Pa. — The solemn, 18th-century religious cloister that once seeded this Lancaster County town with German immigrants endures as one of Pennsylvania’s most curious historic sites. It’s never more mystical than in December, when otherworldly hymns fill its stark... Read More

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