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

Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA
Immigration
Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which... Read More

Some Big, Early Shifts on Immigration Expected Under Biden
Immigration
Some Big, Early Shifts on Immigration Expected Under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
2020-10-19 17:41:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up two cases arising from President Donald Trump's efforts to slow both legal and illegal immigration from Mexico. Monday's announcement followed an order late Friday in which the high court said... Read More

BPC Considers a Points-Based Immigration System for the US
Think Tanks
BPC Considers a Points-Based Immigration System for the US
2020-10-01 14:23:04
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The issue of immigration can be polarizing, but the Bipartisan Policy Center has decided to tackle the topic with a series of discussions on immigration policies around the world. The think tank’s latest dialogue coincides with the launch... Read More

Assessing U.S. Canadian Border Policy’s Future Effects
Foreign Affairs
Assessing U.S. Canadian Border Policy’s Future Effects
2020-08-07 19:36:15
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Canada is not usually at the center of debate on U.S. immigration, but policy changes due to COVID-19 have atypically limited travel to Canada and affected the United States’ and Canada’s control of the movement of people and... Read More

Asylum Seekers at U.S. Mexico Border, A ‘Population in Peril’
Immigration
Asylum Seekers at U.S. Mexico Border, A ‘Population in Peril’
2020-07-31 18:53:36
by Kate Michael

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Well before the pandemic, migrants at the northern Mexican border were vulnerable to poor health outcomes. Mexican and U.S. policies put in place before COVID-19 affected migrants' quality of life, and policies added during the health crisis... Read More

Trump Says He’ll Sign Health, Immigration Plans in Coming Weeks
Political News
Trump Says He’ll Sign Health, Immigration Plans in Coming Weeks

Donald Trump said he plans to approve a health care plan, an immigration plan and “various other plans” in coming weeks as polls show the president trailing Democrat Joe Biden. “Nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next... Read More

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Administration Rejects New DACA Applications
Immigration
Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Administration Rejects New DACA Applications

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is venturing onto increasingly shaky legal ground as officials reject new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sidestepping a Supreme Court ruling reinstating DACA, legal experts and lawmakers say. The court ruled... Read More

Americans Say They Want to See More Immigration, Not Less
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Want to See More Immigration, Not Less
2020-07-17 14:30:01
by Sara Wilkerson

Results of a recent Gallup poll show 34% of Americans believe that there should be more immigration, rather than less, the highest in the poll’s 55-year history. Support for immigration is up from the 27% found in the same poll... Read More

Partnership Series Explores the Experience of Black Immigrants Arriving in the U.S.
Immigration
Partnership Series Explores the Experience of Black Immigrants Arriving in the U.S.
2020-07-14 19:36:36
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A summer series partnership between the District of Columbia’s Heurich House Museum and the Bipartisan Policy Center is exploring the immigrant experience in America.  Last week’s discussion, the second in the series, focused specifically on immigrants’ arrivals and... Read More

Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
Political News
Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
2020-07-13 19:28:59
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., has joined the growing number of lawmakers calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to explain their decision to upend the educational plans of thousands of international students holding F-1 and M-1 visas. Last... Read More

In Latest Crackdown, Asylum Seekers to Face New Hurdles to Get US Work Permits
Immigration
In Latest Crackdown, Asylum Seekers to Face New Hurdles to Get US Work Permits

MIAMI — Over the past 20 years, asylum seekers in the United States have benefited broadly from a regulatory provision in immigration law that allowed them to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) within a 30-day deadline after their initial... Read More

Appeals Court Allows Trump’s Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation
Immigration
Appeals Court Allows Trump’s Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Washington sided with the way the Trump administration expanded its fast-track deportation process last year to a broader swath of immigrants who enter the country illegally, including those found anywhere in the U.S.... Read More

Citizenship By Drive-Thru? Immigrants Now Take Oath Without Leaving Car
Immigration
Citizenship By Drive-Thru? Immigrants Now Take Oath Without Leaving Car

DETROIT — After years waiting to become American citizens, dozens of immigrants saw their dreams realized Wednesday — though the big moment wasn’t exactly what they had envisioned. They took their oaths in a drive-thru. Without ever leaving their cars,... 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

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

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

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