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

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

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

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

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

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

Democrats Eye Immigration Action in Budget, But Outlook Hazy
U.S. Senate
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 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
Immigration
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 naturalization ceremony Friday at the White House in which he celebrated the contributions immigrants have made to the U.S.  "We... Read More

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

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

Harris Heads to Border After Facing Criticism for Absence
Immigration
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 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
Immigration
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 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
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

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

Biden Rescinds Trump Immigrant Health Care Ban
In The News
Biden Rescinds Trump Immigrant Health Care Ban
2021-05-17 15:02:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Friday suspended Trump-era proclamation that barred the entry of immigrants who would "financially burden the U.S. health care system." Former President Donald Trump had asserted his intent in signing the proclamation on Oct. 4,... Read More

Number of Children Traveling Alone at Border Eases in April
Immigration
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
Immigration
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

US Begins Reuniting Some Families Separated at Mexico Border
Immigration
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

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

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

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