Immigration


Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP): The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register ,..

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Trump’s immigration sweeps in major cities expected to begin Sunday, July 14th, 2019

CHICAGO (AP): The Trump administration’s nationwide crackdown on immigrants is expected to begin this weekend, targeting migrant families in cities across the country. The sweeps were expected to start Sunday, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Saturday that the Immigration and..

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Police: 69-year-old man dies after attacking migrant jail Saturday, July 13th, 2019

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 69-year-old man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded..

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Trump claims no retreat on citizenship question on census

By JILL COLVIN, MARK SHERMAN and ZEKE MILLER, WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump is arguing he didn’t retreat when he abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census and insists his fallback will prove a more accurate option. “Not only didn’t I back down,..

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Trump administration plans immigration enforcement operation Thursday, July 11th, 2019

By SOPHIA TAREEN and COLLEEN LONG, CHICAGO (AP): The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it’s the best use of resources given the crisis at the..

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US poised to begin immigration enforcement operation

By COLLEEN LONG and SOPHIA TAREEN, WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend after it was postponed last month by President Donald Trump, according to two administration officials and..

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Asylum-seeker talks about daughter’s death after US custody Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she came to the United States seeking safety, but instead watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were in immigration..

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Alan Kurdi rescue ship picks up another 44 migrants off Libya Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Valletta (AFP): The migrant rescue boat Alan Kurdi has saved another 44 people, including women and infants from their stricken vessel in the Mediterranean, its operator German charity Sea-Eye said on Tuesday. Malta has agreed to take in those rescued and is sending a vessel to pick them up, the..

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Mexican president gets little backlash for migrant crackdown Monday, July 8th, 2019

By MARK STEVENSON, MEXICO CITY (AP): Mexican police, soldiers and National Guard are raiding hotels, buses and trains to round up migrants, creating scenes of weeping Central American mothers piled into police vans along with their children and overflowing detention centers with deplorable..

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Justice Department shaking up legal team on census case Sunday, July 7th, 2019

By MIKE BALSAMO, WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is shaking up the legal team fighting for the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census but offered no specifics on why the change was being made. The change announced Sunday comes days after the department vowed to continue..

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Migrant rescue sailboat defies Salvini, docks in Italy Saturday, July 6th, 2019

MILAN, (AFP): A charity rescue vessel on Saturday brought 41 shipwrecked migrants into port in Lampedusa, the second boat to defy far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's bid to close Italian ports to them. Mediterranea's Italian-flagged Alex arrived in port where a strong police presence was..

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US to pursue citizenship question on census but path unclear Friday, July 5th, 2019

By MARK SHERMAN and JILL COLVIN, WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is “very seriously” considering an executive order..

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82 migrants missing at sea day after deadly Libya airstrike Thursday, July 4th, 2019

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, CAIRO (AP): A boat carrying 86 migrants from Libya sank in the Mediterranean Sea and only three passengers are known to have survived the shipwreck the day after an airstrike on a Libyan detention center killed at least 44 migrants, the U.N. migration agency said Thursday. The..

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US still looking for way to ask about citizenship on census Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

By MARK SHERMAN and JILL COLVIN, WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that it was still looking for a way to include a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census, even though the government has started the process of printing the questionnaire without it. The abrupt..

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Central American officials avoid focus on immigration

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — From the steps of his church in this Guatemalan border town, the Rev. Fernando Cuevas has watched the flow of migrants evolve from massive caravans that filled the nearby plaza to small groups of families arriving by bus to scramble aboard..

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Judge blocks Trump policy keeping asylum-seekers locked up Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

By GENE JOHNSON, SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum-seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, saying the Constitution demands that such migrants have a chance to be released from custody. U.S...

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The Exploitation Time Bomb Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalization..