Immigration


First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center Thursday, June 21st, 2018

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday to get a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. The first lady’s stop at Upbring New..

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House GOP gets little direction from Trump on immigration Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told House Republicans he is “1,000 percent” behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse the escalating controversy over family separations at the..

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Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

By GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA, HOUSTON, (AP): Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers..

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Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas Monday, June 18th, 2018

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as..

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Immigrants fleeing gangs prefer taking chance for US asylum Sunday, June 17th, 2018

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and ANITA SNOW, TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The MS-13 gang made Jose Osmin Aparicio’s life so miserable in his native El Salvador that he had no choice but to flee in the dead of night with his wife and four children, leaving behind all their belongings and paying a smuggler..

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White House: Trump supports GOP leaders’ immigration bill Saturday, June 16th, 2018

By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn’t sign a “moderate” package. The White House later walked back the comments, formally..

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Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families Friday, June 15th, 2018

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally. Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana,..

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House GOP leaders kick around various immigration proposals Thursday, June 14th, 2018

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are trying to craft legislation on immigration issues that have stalled in Congress for years, the outcome of a truce between the party’s conservative and moderate factions. The measure is a work in progress, though..

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House Republicans to offer 2 separate bills on immigration Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are considering next steps on two immigration bills after GOP leaders persuaded moderate Republicans to drop their renegade effort to force votes on legislation that would have protected young “Dreamer” immigrants with a path..

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Sessions excludes domestic, gang violence from asylum claims Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday in a ruling that could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for..

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US launches bid to find citizenship cheaters

By AMY TAXIN, LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services..

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Woman who took church sanctuary granted stay of deportation Monday, June 11th, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A woman who took sanctuary in a Massachusetts church to avoid deportation to her native Peru has been granted a one year stay of removal by federal immigration officials. The Pioneer Valley Project and members of the South Congregational Church in Springfield announced..

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Immigration raid worries landscapers relying on foreign help Sunday, June 10th, 2018

By JOHN SEEWER, TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Already facing a severe labor shortage, landscaping businesses that can’t keep up with booming demand for backyard patios and fire pits worry that an immigration raid that rounded up over 100 people last week will make it even tougher to persuade Congress to..

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Company says it didn’t know if workers used fake papers Saturday, June 9th, 2018

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio gardening company where immigration agents arrested 114 workers this week in one of the largest workplace raids in the U.S. in recent years says it doesn’t know if workers used fake documents to get jobs. Corso’s Flower & Garden Center says Friday in a..

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Detention centers fill up; border detainees sent to prisons Friday, June 8th, 2018

By GENE JOHNSON, SEATTLE (AP) — More than 1,600 people arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border, including parents who have been separated from their children, are being transferred to federal prisons, U.S. immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. They said they’re running out of room at their own..

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US asylum seekers wait their turn on Mexican border Thursday, June 7th, 2018

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Trump administration’s tough talk on immigration did not deter Telma Ramirez from making the trip from El Salvador to seek asylum in the United States. She arrived at the border in Tijuana with her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old..

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ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit on behalf..

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