Immigration

DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says
Immigration
DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security knew it lacked the technology to track more than 26,000 children it expected to separate from their parents at the U.S. southern border in 2018 as part of its controversial “zero tolerance” policy.... Read More

Citizenship, Other Legal Immigration Benefits Are Getting Pricier Under New Trump Policy
Immigration
Citizenship, Other Legal Immigration Benefits Are Getting Pricier Under New Trump Policy

DALLAS — Before falling in love and getting married, Marco Malagon’s chances of obtaining legal status were slim. While his brother is a U.S. citizen and could have petitioned for him, Malagon learned that process would’ve taken years. So in... Read More

Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
In The News
Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
2019-11-26 22:32:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eighty-eight mayors representing cities across the country are urging the Trump administration to rescind an executive order that revamped the nation's system for resettling refugees and could entirely curtail the resettlement of refugees in their communities. In a... Read More

Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Internal Critiques at House Hearing
In The News
Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Internal Critiques at House Hearing

WASHINGTON — The Migrant Protection Protocols, a program that has so far forced more than 57,000 migrants to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases wind through the court, is illegal and enables human rights abuses against the vulnerable, a... Read More

Ken Cuccinelli, Immigration Hard-liner, Tapped for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security
Homeland Security
Ken Cuccinelli, Immigration Hard-liner, Tapped for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — Shortly after being sworn in as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf — who the Senate confirmed as the agency’s policy undersecretary just hours earlier — conducted his first order of business. He moved... Read More

Showdown Over DACA Finally Has Its Day Before the Supreme Court
Immigration
Showdown Over DACA Finally Has Its Day Before the Supreme Court
2019-11-12 21:13:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A president has every right to undo a predecessor's policy he disagrees with, but if he does, he must do it the right way, the U.S. Supreme Court was told by immigrant advocates on Tuesday. That simple contention... Read More

Cartel Violence Drives Surge of Mexican Asylum-Seekers to Border Towns
Immigration
Cartel Violence Drives Surge of Mexican Asylum-Seekers to Border Towns

TIJUANA, Mexico — Only 40 numbers stood between Miguel and his family’s turn to ask for asylum in the United States. Fleeing cartel violence in south Mexico, they have been waiting in Tijuana for five months for their chance to... Read More

Congress Considers Proposals to Help Immigrants Start Small Businesses
In The News
Congress Considers Proposals to Help Immigrants Start Small Businesses
2019-11-11 17:03:42
by Tom Ramstack

Business leaders in California appealed to Congress Friday to expand financial assistance to immigrants trying to start their own businesses. They said small government investments can create big payoffs when immigrants start successful businesses that pay taxes and employ other... Read More

Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
Immigration
Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
2019-11-05 20:46:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Monday to sort out ambiguities in the Immigration and Nationality Act related to when a noncitizen can apply for cancellation of a removal order. The case before the court... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Agricultural Workers Bill
Immigration
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Agricultural Workers Bill
2019-11-01 22:03:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Problem Solvers Caucus, a group dedicated to finding bipartisan consensus on important issues, has endorsed a bill to extend earned visa status to individuals who can show they've been regularly employed as an agricultural laborer in... Read More

Justice Department Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges
Immigration
Justice Department Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has quietly changed hiring procedures to permanently place immigration judges repeatedly accused of bias to a powerful appellate board, adding to growing worries about the politicization of the immigration court system. Documents obtained through... Read More

Potential E-Verify Deal Would Give Legal Status to Farmworkers
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Potential E-Verify Deal Would Give Legal Status to Farmworkers

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats hope to broker a deal with Republicans that would grant legal status to farmworkers currently in the country illegally but would require employers to verify the immigration status of all future hires. Democrats hope the compromise... Read More

HHS to Shutter Homestead Detention Center
Immigration
HHS to Shutter Homestead Detention Center

WASHINGTON — The private prison company running the Homestead detention center that housed thousands of migrant children since 2018 and became a symbol of the Trump administration’s immigration policies will not have its contract renewed, according to an email sent... Read More

As Trump Seeks Reelection, a Growing Army of Immigrant Voters Stands in His Path
2020 Elections
As Trump Seeks Reelection, a Growing Army of Immigrant Voters Stands in His Path

HOUSTON — This is where a nation changes: a public school auditorium that moonlights as a veritable citizenship factory. At the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, where murals honoring the arts and sciences adorn the walls, U.S. immigration officials routinely hold... Read More

Veterans Group Backs Lawsuits to Stop Trump Transfer of Military Funding to Border Wall
Litigation
Veterans Group Backs Lawsuits to Stop Trump Transfer of Military Funding to Border Wall
2019-10-24 20:22:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has thrown its support behind a pair of lawsuits aimed at halting President Donald Trump's use of military funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S. Mexico... Read More

In Hamburg, ‘Gesundheit’ Means More Than a Wish for Good Health
Health
In Hamburg, ‘Gesundheit’ Means More Than a Wish for Good Health

HAMBURG, Germany — Researchers around the world hail Germany for its robust health care system: universal coverage, plentiful primary care, low drug prices and minimal out-of-pocket costs for residents. Unlike in the U.S., the prospect of a large medical bill... Read More

Identical Twins. Identical Asylum Claims. Very Different Luck at the Border
Immigration
Identical Twins. Identical Asylum Claims. Very Different Luck at the Border

JUAREZ, Mexico — The 12-year-old identical twins entered Texas from Mexico days apart in the foothills of Mount Cristo Rey. One came with their father. The other arrived with their mother. It was June. The family’s plan was to get... Read More

Mexico Sends Asylum-Seekers South — With No Easy Way to Return for US Court Dates
Immigration
Mexico Sends Asylum-Seekers South — With No Easy Way to Return for US Court Dates

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — The exhausted passengers emerge from a sleek convoy of silver and red-streaked buses, looking confused and disoriented as they are deposited ignominiously in this tropical backwater in southernmost Mexico. There is no greeter here to provide... Read More

Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
2019-10-15 19:08:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments about whether states can prosecute immigrants who use other people's Social Security numbers to get a job. The case not only has implications for the balance of power between the... Read More

Trump’s Policies and Anti-Immigrant Violence Disturbed These Latinos. Now They’re Taking Action
Law
Trump’s Policies and Anti-Immigrant Violence Disturbed These Latinos. Now They’re Taking Action

LOS ANGELES — Adrian Rios was closing in on his dream job as a U.S. diplomat when the unexpected happened: Donald Trump entered the White House. Throughout his campaign, Trump had labeled migrants from Mexico as rapists, criminals and drug... Read More

Lugging Water Into the Desert for Thirsty Migrants Unites This Couple. Trump Divides Them
Immigration
Lugging Water Into the Desert for Thirsty Migrants Unites This Couple. Trump Divides Them

OCOTILLO, Calif. — When news about President Donald Trump flickers across their television, Laura and John Hunter know that one of them needs to leave the room. They’d rather not quarrel about how Trump is handling an issue they both... Read More

DHS Advances Plan to Get DNA Samples From Immigrant Detainees
Immigration
DHS Advances Plan to Get DNA Samples From Immigrant Detainees

WASHINGTON — Immigration advocates sounded alarm over the Department of Homeland Security’s new proposed rule to collect DNA samples from migrants in government custody, expressing grave concern over long-term privacy implications. “The government doesn’t have a very good track record... Read More

Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
Immigration
Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
2019-10-01 20:52:26
by Dan McCue

This year's term begins Monday, Oct. 7, and will extend into late June, encompassing the presidential primaries and ending just before the Republicans and Democrats host their presidential nominating conventions. As always, one can expect the Justices' statements from the... Read More

Blue States See Dip in Immigrants
Immigration
Blue States See Dip in Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Despite having more welcoming policies for immigrants, blue states that once led immigration growth saw some of the steepest decreases in immigrant population last year. The red states of Florida and Texas had the biggest increases, along with... Read More

Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
Supreme Court
Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
2019-10-01 14:35:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Every year, as reliably as the start of Major League Baseball's playoffs, and the arrival of multi-colored fall foliage, the U.S. Supreme Court returns in October to tackle 70 to 80 of the nation's toughest legal questions. This... Read More

White House to Drastically Cut Number of Refugees US Accepts to 18,000 Next Year
Immigration
White House to Drastically Cut Number of Refugees US Accepts to 18,000 Next Year

WASHINGTON — Amid what the United Nations says is the largest displacement of people across the globe in modern history, the Trump administration plans to slash the number of refugees the U.S. will accept to 18,000 for 2020, the State... Read More

Senate Votes Again to Block Trump’s Border ‘Emergency’ Wall Fund
Immigration
Senate Votes Again to Block Trump’s Border ‘Emergency’ Wall Fund

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted 54-41 to block Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to divert taxpayer money to build a wall at the southern border — the second vote Democrats forced to spotlight how GOP support for the president’s... Read More

Day Care Center for Asylum-Seeking Families in Tijuana Lets Kids Be Kids Again
Immigration
Day Care Center for Asylum-Seeking Families in Tijuana Lets Kids Be Kids Again

TIJUANA, Mexico — Playtime in Tijuana shelters is a chaotic and dangerous affair. Toddlers play alongside boys three times their size. When one of the bigger kids wants a toy that the younger children have, they simply take it. If... Read More

Feds Restore Protections for Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses
Immigration
Feds Restore Protections for Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses

MIAMI — The Trump administration reversed itself Thursday and said it will again allow immigrants who are facing serious illnesses to remain in the U.S. to get medical care without fear of deportation. A month ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

Border Wall Said to Threaten 22 Archaeological Sites in Arizona
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Border Wall Said to Threaten 22 Archaeological Sites in Arizona

WASHINGTON — The construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could damage — or even destroy — up to 22 archaeological sites at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, according to a report from... Read More

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