Immigrants, Hard Hit by Economic Fallout, Adapt to New Jobs Friday, April 24th, 2020

BY CLAUDIA TORRENS AND GISELA SALOMON, NEW YORK (AP):— Ulises García went from being a waiter to working at a laundromat. Yelitza Esteva used to do manicures and now delivers groceries. Maribel Torres swapped cleaning homes for sewing masks. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated sectors of..

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Trump signs immigration order featuring numerous exemptions Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

By JILL COLVIN and ELLIOT SPAGAT, WASHINGTON (AP):— President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he had signed an executive order “temporarily suspending immigration into the United States.” But experts say the order will merely delay the issuance of green cards for a minority of..

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Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

By JILL COLVIN, ELLIOT SPAGAT and BEN FOX, WASHINGTON (AP):— President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States” on Tuesday. But the executive order would bar only those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers. Trump..

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Trump vows immigration ban as virus roils world economy

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- Donald Trump vowed to temporarily ban immigration to the United States to combat the "invisible enemy" of coronavirus, claiming it would save American jobs as the world economy plunges into meltdown. The announcement, a drastic new step in the US President's anti-immigration..

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U.S. immigration agency targets coronavirus-related fraud Thursday, April 16th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (Reuters):- Coronavirus fraud is being targeted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under a new operation that has led to the seizure of bogus protective equipment and COVID-19 test kits, and over $3 million in illicit proceeds, the agency said on Wednesday. Operation..

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California to give cash payments to immigrants hurt by virus Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

By ADAM BEAM, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP):— California will be the first state to give cash to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus, offering $500 apiece to 150,000 adults who were left out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress. Many..

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South Korea to extend visa term of Nepali workers Monday, April 13th, 2020

Jeevan Khatri, SEOUL, (AFP): The government of South Korea has decided to extend the visa term of Nepali workers employed here on employment promotion system (EPS) by 50 days. The Ministry of Labour of the South Korean government stated that the migrant workers from 15 countries, including Nepal,..

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Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics’ aid to migrants Monday, April 6th, 2020

By DAVID CRARY, NOGALES, Mexico (AP): For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of..

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Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

By BEN FOX, PHILIP MARCELO and NOMAAN MERCHANT, WASHINGTON (AP): Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions..

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IS NEPAL FALLING INTO CHINA’S TRAP ? Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The news that Government of Nepal has unilaterally altered the border map with India has shocked many people, particularly in India, who wonder why Nepal government has..