Immigration
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October 24, 2020, 10:55 PM

One killed in shooting by Border Patrol agent in Texas

Shooting occurred in investigation of a suspected human smuggling operation.
October 24, 2020, 10:55 PM
October 22, 2020, 11:52 PM

Parents of 545 kids separated at border still haven't been found: ACLU

After nearly two years, over 500 families are still separated.
October 22, 2020, 11:52 PM
Parents of 545 kids separated at border still haven't been found: ACLU
October 22, 2020, 12:35 PM

Fallout after new report on missing parents separated at the border

The ACLU said in a new court filing they’ve been unable to reach parents of 545 migrant children as a result of the Trump administration’s child separation policy.
October 22, 2020, 12:35 PM
Fallout after new report on missing parents separated at the border
October 22, 2020, 12:42 AM

Parents of over 500 migrant children missing after border separation, ACLU says

The ACLU said it’s searching for families as far back as June 2018 that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland security refuted accusations.
October 22, 2020, 12:42 AM
Parents of over 500 migrant children missing after border separation, ACLU says
October 17, 2020, 10:14 AM

How Donald Trump's immigration policies have taken shape

Professor Bill Hing takes stock of the president's impact on immigration versus prior administrations.
October 17, 2020, 10:14 AM
How Donald Trump's immigration policies have taken shape
October 17, 2020, 10:14 AM

Spotlight on Trump’s administration record on immigration

A Wisconsin farmer and a DACA recipient discuss how immigration policy affects their daily lives.
October 17, 2020, 10:14 AM
Spotlight on Trump’s administration record on immigration
October 9, 2020, 3:11 PM

Boston mayor: Video of ICE stop of Black man 'disturbing'

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has called about a video that shows a Black jogger being questioned by immigration agents “disturbing” and “unacceptable.”
October 9, 2020, 3:11 PM
1 month ago

At least 6 immigrants died after 'inadequate' care in US custody since 2017: Report

A new congressional report describes deficiencies in ICE health care that resulted in several deaths.
1 month ago
6 immigrants died after 'inadequate' care in US custody since 2017: Report
1 month ago

Over 1,500 refugees from Moria Camp will be resettled in Germany

The German government said it would accept 1,500 refugees who were displaced by last week's fire in the Moria camp in Greece.
1 month ago
Over 1,500 refugees from Moria Camp will be resettled in Germany
1 month ago

Attorney: US deports woman who alleged sex assault by guards

An immigrant woman who accused guards of sexually assaulting her at a detention center has been deported, weeks after she was interviewed by investigators
1 month ago
1 month ago

Central American refugees stopped by Trump, then by pandemic

Only about 338 of the 2,700 Central Americans approved to come to the U.S. can.
1 month ago
Central American refugees stopped by Trump, then by pandemic
1 month ago

Federal court blocks order to exclude undocumented immigrants from Census

A three-judge panel ruled that the president's order was unlawful.
1 month ago
Federal court blocks order to exclude undocumented immigrants from Census
2 months ago

ICE reveals results of latest immigration arrest operation amid pandemic

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week announced the end to a series of nationally coordinated arrests which resulted in more than 2,000 immigrants taken...
2 months ago
ICE reveals results of latest immigration arrest operation amid pandemic
2 months ago

Judge blocks asylum screening by border protection agents

A federal judge has blocked U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees from conducting the initial screening for people seeking asylum
2 months ago
2 months ago

US detaining more migrant children in hotels despite outcry

The Trump administration has sharply increased its use of hotels to detain immigrant children before expelling them from the United States during the coronavirus pandemic
2 months ago
2 months ago

Evangelicals ask Ivanka Trump to help protect migrant kids

More than a dozen prominent evangelicals are appealing to first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump to help ensure the Trump administration adheres to federal anti-trafficking law in its treatment of unaccompanied migrant children
2 months ago
2 months ago

ACLU: migrant family separation has not ended

Lee Gelernt of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project discusses the ongoing fallout from the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the border.
2 months ago
ACLU: migrant family separation has not ended
2 months ago

Citizenship agency faces delays, potential staff cuts ahead of election

The federal government agency that handles U.S. asylum requests, processes visa applications and grants citizenship is preparing to furlough most of its employees.
2 months ago
Citizenship agency faces delays, potential staff cuts ahead of election
2 months ago

Judge: Outside experts can visit immigrant detention center

A federal judge says she'll allow two outside experts to inspect an immigration detention center in Virginia that has seen the worst coronavirus outbreak at any such facility in the nation
2 months ago
3 months ago

ICE agents discover ‘most sophisticated’ drug tunnel in US history

The reinforced tunnel found near Yuma, Arizona, is big enough to smuggle drugs and humans and stretches from San Luis, Arizona, into Mexico.
3 months ago
ICE agents discover ‘most sophisticated’ drug tunnel in US history
3 months ago

What you need to know about DACA

Less than two months after the Supreme Court ruled it didn't violate federal law, the Trump administration moves again to end DACA.
3 months ago
What you need to know about DACA
3 months ago

Judge stops Trump administration's 'public charge' policy citing COVID-19 concerns

The rule made it more difficult for immigrants in poverty to get legal status.
3 months ago
Judge blocks Trump admin's rule barring immigrants who use public benefits
3 months ago

John Quiñones visits Texas border for new 'What Would You Do?' scenario on immigration crisis

Quiñones reported on the complicated issue of immigration in the nation.
3 months ago
John Quiñones visits Texas border for new 'What Would You Do?' scenario
3 months ago

AP Exclusive: Migrant kids held in US hotels, then expelled

The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries
3 months ago
3 months ago

Colleges win immigration battle but fear for US reputation

U.S. universities fear losing a broader battle over the nation’s reputation.
3 months ago
3 months ago

Doctors not part of DHS review of migrant children's deaths

A government auditor did not employ medical professionals when his office cleared U.S. border agents of wrongdoing in the deaths of two Guatemalan children, ages 7 and 8
3 months ago
3 months ago

US will restart visa services, State Department says, amid Trump's efforts to restrict immigration

U.S. embassies and consulates around the world will soon resume visa services, the State Department said Monday, although it is not providing details on where or when.
3 months ago
US will restart visa services, State Department says
3 months ago

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
3 months ago
4 months ago

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
4 months ago
4 months ago

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.
4 months ago
Crackdown on legal immigration
4 months ago

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.
4 months ago
International students on F-1 or M-1 visas can’t remain in US if classes are online
4 months ago

Immigration judges challenge DOJ limits on public speaking

The judge's union said the Justice Department is effectively issuing gag orders.
4 months ago
Immigration judges challenge DOJ limits on public speaking
4 months ago

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.
4 months ago
By the Numbers: As immigration falls, many Americans want it increased
4 months ago

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
4 months ago
4 months ago

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.
4 months ago
Judge urges release of children from ICE detention centers
4 months ago

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.
4 months ago
Supreme Court allows Trump's fast-track removal of rejected asylum seekers
4 months ago

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
4 months ago
Justices rule for Trump administration in deportation case
4 months ago

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....
4 months ago
Judge blocks removal of Honduran teen being deported under CDC coronavirus rule
4 months ago

Online registrar threatens to drop anti-immigration website

Website is a leading promoter of white nationalist and anti-immigration views.
4 months ago
4 months ago

Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA

Supreme Court delivers a blow to President Trump on DACA, an immigration program for young people.
4 months ago
Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA
4 months ago

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.
4 months ago
Supreme Court overturns president’s decision to end DACA
4 months 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
4 months ago
Number of migrants blocked at the border continues to grow
4 months 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.
4 months ago
Federal judge rules ICE can no longer operate in and around New York courthouses
5 months 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.
5 months ago
Doctor calls out 'failure' of CDC guidelines used in immigration detention
5 months 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.
5 months ago
Though zero tolerance policy on hold, lasting effects of child separation: Part 1
5 months 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
5 months ago
Thousands wait to take US citizenship oath amid virus delays
5 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
5 months ago
Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids
5 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.
5 months ago
More Americans back giving undocumented immigrants medical care than economic aid
5 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
5 months ago
5 months ago

Virus rules tighten illegal immigration on northern border

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