Immigration News

US judge deals blow to Trump’s border wall plans May 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): A US federal judge dealt a blow Friday to President Donald Trump's signature wall project, issuing a temporary injunction against using Defense Department funds to pay for barriers on the border with Mexico. Trump declared an emergency in a bid to bypass Congress to obtain money..

Trump asks Citizenship and Immigration Services head to quit May 25, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resign, leaving yet another vacancy within the Department of Homeland Security. Lee Francis Cissna told staff on Friday that his last day would be June 1, according to a copy..

Immigrant Graduates From Arizona High School, Future Unclear May 24, 2019

BY ANITA SNOW, PHOENIX (AP) — A teenager who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child has graduated from high school in Arizona just weeks after federal officials detained him and his classmates protested for his release. Thomas Torres, dressed in a burgundy cap and gown, wore a broad smile..

USCIS Accelerates Transition to Digital Immigration Processing May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a new strategy known as eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’ transition to a digital business model. eProcessing will be a complete digital experience, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through..

Trump renews criticism of Mexico over immigration May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday Mexico was “doing virtually nothing to stop illegal immigrants from coming to our southern border” and that he would soon give a response. “Mexico’s attitude is that people from other countries, including Mexico, should..

5th migrant child dies after detention by US border agents May 20, 2019

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old boy from Guatemala who died in U.S. custody Monday had been held for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred to another holding facility after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager, identified by U.S...

Mexico calls for regional development to address immigration May 20, 2019

MEXICO CITY, (AP): Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says U.S. support for economic development in Mexico and Central America is the best option for stemming the flow of immigrants. The United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America laid out a roadmap for regional development..

For Immigrants Without Lawyers, Justice Is Hard to Find May 19, 2019

BY NATALIE YAHR, MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It was nearly three hours before sunrise on a frigid October morning when immigration attorney Aissa Olivarez climbed into her Honda CR-V and left her Madison apartment. She drove an hour and 40 minutes to Elgin, Illinois, and got on the commuter train,..

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’ May 17, 2019

By ZEKE MILLER, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN, WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger,..

Trump pushes immigration plan favoring ‘merit’ over family May 16, 2019

By JILL COLVIN, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors..

Border security, green card changes drive new Trump proposal May 16, 2019

By JILL COLVIN and ALAN FRAM, WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation’s legal immigration system should be overhauled. The latest effort,..

Panama sees surge in migrants crossing perilous Darien Gap May 16, 2019

By JUAN ZAMORANO, PENITAS, Panama (AP) — Venise Felizor lay on a mattress in a warehouse-turned-shelter on a hot, sticky afternoon with her 20-month-old son, Wesly, in her arms, the boy coughing and wailing after suffering from diarrhea for days. Originally from Haiti, they recently appeared in..

U.S. plans to send transportation staff to U.S.-Mexico border May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to redirect Transportation Security Administration staff to the U.S. southern border to assist with immigration duties and migrant flows, the TSA said on Wednesday. A TSA spokesman said in a statement the bureau was looking for volunteers to..

Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge May 15, 2019

By ASTRID GALVAN and NOMAAN MERCHANT, PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental..

Exclusive: Ex-Interpol chief’s wife gets asylum in France May 13, 2019

By JOHN LEICESTER, PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. The French government office that..

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