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Border authorities use pandemic powers to expel immigrants

A Honduran family's quest for asylum in United States shows how difficult it has become to seek asylum during the coronavirus pandemic
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July 9, 2020, 9:48 AM

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

Colleges and universities are pushing back against the Trump administration’s decision to make international students leave the country if they plan on taking classes entirely online this fall
July 9, 2020, 9:48 AM
July 9, 2020, 4:18 AM

Crackdown on legal immigration

The U.S. is closing its doors to high-skilled foreign workers and international students -- even some on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.
July 9, 2020, 4:18 AM
Crackdown on legal immigration
July 7, 2020, 1:45 PM

International students on F-1 or M-1 visas can’t remain in US if fall classes are online

According to ICE, students enrolled in a school operating “entirely online” must either leave the country or transfer to a school that is offering in-person classes.
July 7, 2020, 1:45 PM
International students on F-1 or M-1 visas can’t remain in US if classes are online
July 2, 2020, 6:15 PM

Immigration judges challenge DOJ limits on public speaking

The judge's union said the Justice Department is effectively issuing gag orders.
July 2, 2020, 6:15 PM
Immigration judges challenge DOJ limits on public speaking
July 2, 2020, 4:12 AM

By the Numbers: As immigration falls, many Americans want it increased

A new Gallup poll shows that, for the first time, Americans who favor more immigration outnumber those wanting less.
July 2, 2020, 4:12 AM
By the Numbers: As immigration falls, many Americans want it increased
June 29, 2020, 10:42 PM

Supreme Court declines to hear border wall challenge

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that rejected environmental groups’ challenge to sections of wall the Trump administration is building along the U.S. border with Mexico
June 29, 2020, 10:42 PM
June 27, 2020, 10:18 AM

Judge urges release of children from ICE detention centers

A federal judge on Friday ordered immigration authorities to release migrant children held at family detention centers.
June 27, 2020, 10:18 AM
Judge urges release of children from ICE detention centers
June 26, 2020, 1:10 AM

Supreme Court allows Trump's fast-track removal of rejected asylum seekers

After two high-profile losses, a win for the Trump administration at the Supreme Court on the issue of immigration and expedited removal of certain asylum seekers.
June 26, 2020, 1:10 AM
Supreme Court allows Trump's fast-track removal of rejected asylum seekers
June 25, 2020, 7:30 PM

Justices boost Trump administration's power in asylum cases

The Supreme Court has strengthened the Trump administration's ability to deport people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge
June 25, 2020, 7:30 PM
Justices rule for Trump administration in deportation case
June 25, 2020, 10:53 AM

Judge blocks removal of Honduran teen being deported under CDC coronavirus rule

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily barred the Trump administration from deporting a 16-year-old Honduran boy pending a decision on a controversial health order....
June 25, 2020, 10:53 AM
Judge blocks removal of Honduran teen being deported under CDC coronavirus rule
June 22, 2020, 9:29 PM

Online registrar threatens to drop anti-immigration website

Website is a leading promoter of white nationalist and anti-immigration views.
June 22, 2020, 9:29 PM
June 20, 2020, 1:04 AM

Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA

Supreme Court delivers a blow to President Trump on DACA, an immigration program for young people.
June 20, 2020, 1:04 AM
Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA
June 18, 2020, 9:30 PM

Supreme Court overturns president’s decision to end DACA

The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, overturns Trump's decision to end the program on the basis given at the time.
June 18, 2020, 9:30 PM
Supreme Court overturns president’s decision to end DACA
1 month ago

Number of migrants blocked at the border continues to grow, heightening humanitarian concerns

Immigration officials are arresting and quickly removing a growing number of migrants at the southern border
1 month ago
Number of migrants blocked at the border continues to grow
1 month ago

Federal judge rules ICE can no longer operate in and around New York courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents can no longer make civil immigration arrests in and around New York state courthouses, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
1 month ago
Federal judge rules ICE can no longer operate in and around New York courthouses
1 month ago

Doctor who advised Homeland Security testifies against COVID-19 protocols in immigration detention

A doctor contracted by Homeland Security to advise on detention health conditions appeared before Congress on Tuesday to personally criticize the Trump administration.
1 month ago
Doctor calls out 'failure' of CDC guidelines used in immigration detention
1 month ago

Though zero tolerance policy on hold, lasting effects of child separation: Part 1

At the southern border, parents who were deported without their children are trying to reenter the U.S. to reunite their families. Lawyers help them locate their kids and navigate the complex system.
1 month ago
Though zero tolerance policy on hold, lasting effects of child separation: Part 1
1 month ago

Thousands wait to take US citizenship oath amid virus delays

Immigrants and their advocates say the U.S. citizenship process has stalled during the coronavirus crisis even as many parts of life have pivoted online or are starting to reopen
1 month ago
Thousands wait to take US citizenship oath amid virus delays
2 months ago

Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids

A judge has criticized the Trump administration’s handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering it to give the court detailed information about efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus
2 months ago
Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids
2 months ago

More Americans back giving undocumented immigrants medical care than economic aid amid coronavirus: Poll

More than two-thirds of Americans say the federal government has a responsibility to provide medical care to undocumented immigrants infected with coronavirus.
2 months ago
More Americans back giving undocumented immigrants medical care than economic aid
2 months ago

More Guatemalans deported from US test positive for virus

Ten more Guatemalans deported from the United States last week have tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return
2 months ago
2 months ago

Virus rules tighten illegal immigration on northern border

The rules were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 months ago
Virus rules tighten illegal immigration on northern border
2 months ago

Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

U.S. border agencies quickly expelled 600 child migrants in April after federal agencies began prohibiting asylum claims at the southern border, citing the coronavirus pandemic
2 months ago
2 months ago

Salvadoran man detained by ICE dies of COVID-19

A Salvadoran man detained by ICE dies of COVID-19
2 months ago
Salvadoran man detained by ICE dies of COVID-19
2 months ago

US northern border illegal crossings rise; many are Mexicans

Federal data shows the number of people apprehended for illegally crossing from Canada into the United States along its northern border has nearly tripled over the past three years, to almost 1,600
2 months ago
2 months ago

Advocates warn of more immigrant deaths without ICE action

Lawyers and immigrant advocates are warning that more people will die of the coronavirus in U.S. immigration custody unless the Trump administration improves conditions and release more detainees
2 months ago
2 months ago

New allegations pressure ICE to release immigrant detainees

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement faces mounting pressure as COVID-19 continues to spread through its detention facilities and civil liberty advocates levy new all
2 months ago
New allegations pressure ICE to release immigrant detainees
2 months ago

Altercation occurs over COVID testing between ICE detainees and corrections officers

Altercation occurs over COVID testing between ICE detainees and corrections officers at Massachusetts detention center
2 months ago
Altercation occurs over COVID testing between ICE detainees and corrections officers
2 months ago

Immigrants, hard hit by economic fallout, adapt to new jobs

From doing manicures to delivering groceries
2 months ago
3 months ago

Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English

As parents nationwide struggle with guiding their children's schooling from home, those who are themselves still learning the English language face particular challenges
3 months ago
3 months ago

Lawyers, judges push to close immigration courts amid virus

Attorneys and judges in U.S. immigration courts are trying to protect themselves from the coronavirus with borrowed masks and hand sanitizer
3 months ago
3 months ago

Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus

A judge says she doesn't want a sudden, large-scale release of immigrant children from U.S. government custody but wants to know why they're still being held as the coronavirus spreads
3 months ago
Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus
3 months ago

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working
3 months ago
4 months ago

Mexican man dies in ICE custody; 10th since October

A 42-year-old Mexican man died in a South Texas hospital while being held pending his deportation
4 months ago
4 months ago

Asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico rarely find lawyers

Asylum-seekers who are sent back to Mexico to wait for hearings in U.S. immigration court rarely find attorneys
4 months ago
Asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico rarely find lawyers
4 months ago

Man dies by apparent suicide in ICE family detention center

Authorities say a 27-year-old Honduran man died by apparent suicide at one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's family detention centers
4 months ago
4 months ago

More children face immigration judges through video screens

Technical difficulties caused delays and snarled the beginning of the Trump administration's expansion of video courts to process the immigration claims of children in U.S. government custody
4 months ago
4 months ago

AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut

Seattle's immigration court will be closed until April 10 as the nation continues to grapple with managing the coronavirus pandemic, and several other large immigration courts will postpone hearings that involve large groups of people
4 months ago
AP Exclusive: Immigration hearings delayed, 1 court shut
4 months ago

The preventable death of an asylum seeker in a solitary cell

An Associated Press investigation into the death of a Cuban asylum seeker in a Louisiana prison found neglect and apparent violations of government policies by jailers under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
4 months ago
4 months ago

Salvadorans who fled to US to escape violence returned to it

Salvadorans who fled their home country to escape gang-fueled violence are in many cases being deported back to face the very same violence they fled
4 months ago
4 months ago

Border arrests increase slightly over previous month, ending downward trend: CBP

The number of unauthorized migrants arrested at the southern border ticked up slightly last month, marking an end to the 8-month decline reported by officials since May.
4 months ago
Border arrests increase slightly over previous month, ending downward trend: CBP
4 months ago

Court halts Trump asylum policy, then suspends its own order

A Trump administration immigration policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts was blocked and then reinstated by a court in the matter of hours
4 months ago
Court temporarily halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy
4 months ago

Justices OK state charges for immigrants who use fake IDs

The Supreme Court is making it easier for states to prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job
4 months ago
Justices OK state charges for immigrants who use fake IDs
4 months ago

Judge rules head of immigration agency was unlawfully named

Federal judge rules Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed to lead the CIS.
4 months ago
4 months ago

North Macedonia police find 78 migrants crammed in a van

The migrants included six minors; they were citizens of five countries.
4 months ago
4 months ago

Trump seeks high court approval to speed deportations

The man slipped into the U.S. and made it just 25 yards from the Mexican border before he was arrested
4 months ago
Trump seeks high court approval to speed deportations
4 months ago

NH-based bus company stops warrantless immigration checks

Concord Coach Lines is the latest bus company to announce it will no longer allow Border Patrol officers onto buses for immigration checks unless they have a warrant
4 months ago
NH-based bus company stops warrantless immigration checks
4 months ago

Court closes courthouse door on slain Mexican teen's family

The Mexican teenager was shot dead over the border by an American agent.
4 months ago
4 months ago

Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

Advocates say new guidelines that disqualify more people from green cards if they use government benefits is prompting droves of immigrants to drop government social services
4 months ago