Immigration Policy

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. Cuccinelli defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Frida, Sept. 13 it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 13, 2019 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship...
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A Honduran migrant prepares tortillas and rice at the Pan de Vida shelter for migrants where she and her two daughters are living while waiting their turn to apply for asylum in the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico's government doesn't agree with an "astonishing" U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
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September 12, 2019 - 4:32 pm
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — With a go-ahead from the Supreme Court, the Trump administration Thursday began enforcing a radical new rule denying asylum to most migrants arriving at the southern border — a move that spread despair among those fleeing poverty and violence in their homelands. A...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2019 file photo, a military police officer wearing the insignia of Mexico's new National Guard detains Guatemalan migrants to keep them from crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas. Under pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico’s immigration policy has moved from promising to help migrants, to one characterized by militarized enforcement under the growing influence of the country’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)
September 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Under growing pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico's immigration policy has moved from one promising to help migrants to another characterized by militarized enforcement that has support of the country's foreign secretary. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2019 file photo, Cuban migrants are escorted by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as they cross the Paso del Norte International bridge to be processed as asylum seekers on the U.S. side of the border. Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 that Mexico's government doesn't agree with an "astonishing" U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File)
September 12, 2019 - 8:44 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico's government doesn't agree with an "astonishing" U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. Speaking at President...
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White House lawyer Steven Menashi, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Menashi's guarded responses were frustrating at times to both Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary panel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 11, 2019 - 2:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a federal appeals court judge nominee for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump...
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Amalia Godinez sits her 10-month-old daughter Priscila on her lap as she waits for help at the Guatemalan-Maya Center on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in Lake Worth, Fla. Godinez said she was worried she would lose power and not be able to cook for her three children. Charity groups are worried about vulnerable populations along the eastern coast, who were still in the cone of potential storm pathway forecast by the National Hurricane Center in Miami. (AP PhotoAdriana Gomez)
August 31, 2019 - 2:39 pm
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — With Hurricane Dorian menacing Florida, Natividad Jimenez sat in front of a microphone to tape a message in an Ancient Maya language that few in the world understand but that's spoken by thousands of immigrants in the state. In her native Mam, Jimenez urged Guatemalan...
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, hands a signed bill off to sponsor Illinois State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Collinsville, that will raise the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 after a bill signing ceremony in the Governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. The new new minimum salary will be phased in over four years with hopes to reduce a teacher shortage in Illinois that has school districts for the 2018-2019 school year with 4,196 unfilled positions across the state according to the Illinois State Board of Education. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
August 30, 2019 - 7:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The governor of lllinois said Friday he's erased the drug conviction of an Army veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2018, a step that the man's supporters hope will help him return to the U.S. "I recognize this pardon is not a perfect solution, but it is the most just action to...
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August 30, 2019 - 9:19 am
PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about a new policy for military members, The Associated Press misidentified the name of a military news site. It is Task and Purpose, not Task and Report. A corrected version of the story is below: Immigrants in US military face new citizenship rule for kids The...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, three migrants who had managed to evade the Mexican National Guard and cross the Rio Grande onto U.S. territory walk along a border wall set back from the geographical border, in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security is moving $271 million from other agencies such as FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard to fund immigration detention beds and support its policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)
AP News
August 27, 2019 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is moving $271 million from other agencies such as FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard to increase the number of beds for detained immigrants and support its policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases play out. The news comes as...
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: An aerial view of the U.S. Border Patrol facility where attorneys reported that detained migrant children had been held in disturbing conditions on June 28, 2019 in Clint, Texas.
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August 26, 2019 - 10:07 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nineteen states are suing over the Trump administration's effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday the rule change puts children at risk. He's leading the...
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