Immigration policy

December 18, 2019 - 12:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrants convicted of illegally reentering the U.S., driving drunk or committing domestic violence will be barred from claiming asylum under a proposed regulation announced Wednesday by the Trump administration. The proposal, which must go through a public comment period before...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 photo shows a rally with demonstrators calling for driver's license for immigrants, outside the the offices of New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Assemblyman John Armato, in Northfield, N.J. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on legislation Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 to permit immigrants who cannot prove they're in the country legally to obtain drivers licenses. (Craig Matthews/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, File)
December 16, 2019 - 5:24 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bundled in winter jackets, immigrants lined up at some Department of Motor Vehicle offices throughout New York as the state began issuing driver's licenses Monday that don't require applicants to prove they are in the country legally. Hundreds of New Yorkers waited outside motor...
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December 13, 2019 - 3:28 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A whistleblower report provided to BuzzFeed News alleges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care” to detained migrants, leading to complications that included the removal of part of an 8-year-old boy's forehead...
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December 06, 2019 - 6:39 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new effort to speed up initial reviews of asylum claims to within three days denies asylum-seekers rights to consult attorneys, according to the latest legal challenge to the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies and practices. The federal lawsuit filed in...
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December 04, 2019 - 11:17 am
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officers inside one of its Louisiana jails pepper-sprayed migrants to end their protest over prolonged detention. Spokesman Bryan Cox said Wednesday that “a brief, calculated use of pepper spray was employed” during a Tuesday protest at...
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In this Oct. 7, 2019, photo, dance instructor Ned Pavlovic, a native of Serbia, teaches his student Rouhy Yazdani, a native of Iran who now lives in Milford, Conn., some ballroom dance moves at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Orange, Conn. Owners of Ballroom dance studios including the Fred Astaire studio say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors. The small business owners, U.S. dance studio chains and immigration attorneys say there's greater backlogs for visa applications and an overall increase in evidence requests, including for redundant and unnecessary documents. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
December 02, 2019 - 8:28 am
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually...
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November 27, 2019 - 3:13 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government separated thousands of families despite knowing it lacked the technology to document and track their whereabouts, according to a report released Wednesday by an internal government watchdog. The problem resulted in some parents languishing in custody for weeks...
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Mike Bloomberg speaks to the media, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in Phoenix. Bloomberg, a late entrant in the already crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, was set Tuesday to file to run in Arizona's presidential primary. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
November 26, 2019 - 4:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the United States needs “an awful lot more immigrants rather than less.” On his second day campaigning for the Democratic nomination, the former New York City mayor contrasted his views on immigration with President Donald...
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In this Oct. 29, 2019 photo, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chad Wolf speaks during a meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF), in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex in Washington. President Donald Trump has named Chad Wolf, the former chief of staff to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, to be the next Acting Homeland Security Secretary, the fifth person in the job since Trump took office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
November 14, 2019 - 10:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf is fifth person to head the agency under President Donald Trump. He won Senate approval Wednesday as undersecretary for policy, and that confirmation allowed him to move...
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November 13, 2019 - 4:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed making it tougher for asylum-seekers to obtain permission to work in the United States while their cases are pending, a move that immigrant advocates say would unfairly punish those who need humanitarian protection the most. U.S. Citizenship...
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