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White House Toughens Border Policy
Immigration
White House Toughens Border Policy
2023-01-06 14:34:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the United States would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who cross the border from Mexico illegally. The new rules expand on an existing effort to stop Venezuelans attempting to... Read More

Immigration
ABA Releases Primer on Immigration Enforcement at the Border
2023-01-04 16:40:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Despite the inflammatory rhetoric of some lawmakers and the media reports that often parrot it, the surge of asylum seekers at the southern border of the U.S. is not a “security threat,” but instead an understandable flow of... Read More

Immigration
Federal Judge Stays Title 42 Ruling to Give Administration Time to Adjust
2022-11-17 21:39:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday granted the Biden administration’s request for a stay of his earlier order, striking down the controversial Title 42, a Trump-era immigration policy that has since allowed authorities to expel more than 2.4 million... Read More

Immigration
DACA Recipients Converge on Capitol Seeking Compromise
2022-11-16 19:16:35
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients descended on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to press lawmakers for legislative safeguards before the 117th Congress wraps up. Recipients of the program, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” converged in... Read More

Immigration
DHS Offers Additional 65,000 H-2B Visas in Fiscal Year 2023
2022-10-13 14:28:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is providing employers with an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2023 in a bid to address the need for seasonal workers and reduce irregular migration. The increase, which... Read More

Immigration
New York, Washington Plead for Federal Help With Immigrants
2022-08-22 22:48:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Pleas for federal assistance from city officials are becoming more shrill as Texas continues busing thousands of illegal immigrants to New York City and Washington, D.C. The mayors of both cities say their resources for housing and feeding... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate Biden Immigration Policy
2022-07-22 20:36:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to reinstate a Biden administration policy directive amending the nation’s strategy for immigration enforcement, handing a victory to red state attorneys general who argued the plan would only encourage more illegal border... Read More

Immigration
Supreme Court Makes It More Difficult to Challenge Immigration Policies
2022-06-13 17:35:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In a pair of rulings on Monday, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to challenge U.S. policies directed at them in court. In the first case, Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez, a unanimous court ruled that... Read More

Homeland Security
US Sees Heightened Extremist Threat Heading Into Midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the midterm elections are potential triggers for extremist violence over the next six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The U.S. was in a... Read More

Political News
Immigration Issues Complicate Candidates’ Campaigns
2022-06-02 18:37:19
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — As election season heats up, campaign messaging centered around immigration policy is still a hot-button issue for both parties. Candidates skate a fine line with how they choose to convey their stances. Each year, political hopefuls are... Read More

Immigration
DHS Secretary Grilled Over Title 42, Immigration Plans
2022-04-29 19:45:45
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas faced tough questions this week from lawmakers, who pressed him over his department’s plan for southwest border security and preparedness set to take effect as Title 42 expires. On Thursday, Mayorkas... Read More

Immigration
First Bus of Texas Migrants Arrives Near Capitol 
2022-04-13 23:16:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to begin transporting busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., the first transport arrived blocks away from the Capitol building. At Abbott’s direction, the Texas Division of Emergency Management chartered the... Read More

Immigration
States Sue Biden Administration to Halt Central American Minors Reunification Program 
2022-02-02 21:01:55
by Reece Nations

AMARILLO, Texas — The attorneys general of eight states filed a complaint in federal court on Friday against the Biden administration’s relaunch of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program. The program permits some Central American children who live... Read More

In The States
Texas Land Commissioner Authorizes Border Wall on State-Owned Land
2021-11-30 22:00:52
by Reece Nations

WESLACO, Texas — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced a lease agreement on Monday between the General Land Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety authorizing border wall construction along a tract of farmland owned by the office... Read More

U.S. Senate
Parliamentarian Deals blow to Dems' Immigration Push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party's... Read More

Think Tanks
American Immigration System Not Prepared for Afghan Refugee Situation
2021-09-15 14:43:02
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — After a frantic two weeks of the biggest military evacuations in history, the United States is trying to figure out what to do with tens of thousands of Afghan refugees that will soon be flooding into the country. ... Read More

Immigration
Texas Gov. Abbott Again Deploys National Guard to Aid Border Arrests
2021-08-25 14:45:00
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas —  Texas National Guardsmen will once again be assisting Department of Public Safety troopers in arresting individuals caught crossing the border into the U.S. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday saying in addition to assisting with... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Orders 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Reinstated
2021-08-25 14:32:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening refused to block a court ruling ordering the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era policy that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S. With the court’s three... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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