• illegal immigration May 16, 2020

    Virus Rules Tighten Illegal Immigration on Northern Border

    Five Mexican citizens apprehended this week after illegally entering the United States in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A similar policy by the Canadian government allows the return to the United States of most people seeking asylum in...

  • Donald Trump Dec 2, 2019

    Ballroom Dancers Say Immigration Clampdown Hurting Business

    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 give up after a year and thousands of dollars trying to hire a top ballroom dancer...

  • Donald Trump Aug 29, 2019

    Questions After US Turns Away Palestinian Harvard Freshman

    A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at border checkpoints. Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into the U.S. after landing Friday at Logan International Airport in Boston, university and federal...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2019

    Trump Pushes Immigration Plan Favoring ‘Merit' Over Family

    Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, “totally brilliant,” high-skilled workers he says won’t compete for American jobs. Trump’s sweeping immigration plan is more a campaign document than anything...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Mother Russia: South Florida Sees a Boom in ‘Birth Tourism'

    Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and hospital stays, often in Florida.

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Mother Russia: South Florida Sees a Boom in ‘Birth Tourism'

    Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and hospital stays, often in Florida.

  • Los Angeles Mar 2, 2019

    ‘Sanctuary' Cities are Getting Their Grants Despite Threats

    About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren’t doing enough to work with federal immigration agents, all but one have received or been cleared to get the money, the Justice Department said. In most cases, courts chipped away at the crackdown that escalated in November...

  • Donald Trump May 17, 2018

    WH Doubles Down on Trump's ‘Animals' Comment at California Sanctuary Policies Roundtable

    President Donald Trump railed against immigration policies adopted by so-called sanctuary cities at a White House roundtable Wednesday, bemoaning a California law that restricts local and state cooperation with U.S. Customs and Enforcement agents and calling some immigrants “animals.”

  • Donald Trump Apr 2, 2018

    Trump Says He Wants Skilled Migrants But Creates New Hurdles

    It may be a while before President Donald Trump gets another chance at creating a new, “merit-based” immigration system, a keystone of his four-part plan that Congress rejected last month. In the meantime, his administration is busy making it harder, not easier, for skilled migrants to come work in the United States. The State Department has ended an Obama-era program...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Congress' Immigration Push Sputters as Guns Grab Attention

    It’s taken just two weeks for Washington’s immigration battle to fade from blistering to back-burner. Lawmakers now seem likely to do little or nothing this election year on an effort that’s been eclipsed by Congress’ new focus on guns, bloodied by Senate defeats and relegated to B-level urgency by a Supreme Court ruling. Talks have gone dormant that sought a...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump ‘Thinking About' Pulling ICE From California

    President Donald Trump said he’s thinking about removing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents out of California because of his growing frustration with the state’s “lousy management job” on immigration.

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Revives Push for Limits on Immigrants Bringing Family

    When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children couldn’t come with him because they were now adults. More than a decade later, his children are still waiting. Magpantay gets worried when he hears...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Turns Again on Immigration, Allies Bash ‘Amnesty Don'

    Fearing betrayal on a signature campaign issue, President Donald Trump’s loyalists are lashing out against his proposal to create a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million “Dreamer” immigrants. Trump-aligned candidates from Nevada and Virginia rejected the notion outright. A loyal media ally, Breitbart News, attacked him as “Amnesty Don.” And outside groups that cheered the hard-line rhetoric that dominated...

  • Canada Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Considering Having DACA ‘Morph' Into Citizenship

    President Donald Trump told reporters he was open to having DACA “morph” into citizenship for immigrants bought to America as children. The plan proposed by Trump could take “10 or 12” years, and it may be dependent on the person’s educational and working track record.

  • Attorney Jan 6, 2018

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions Takes Aim at Judges' Handling of Immigration Cases

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday launched a review of a little-known but widely used practice of immigration judges closing cases without decisions, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people in greater legal limbo. Sessions posed detailed questions challenging the use of “administrative closures,” an increasingly common outcome that allows people to stay in the country without legal status. The...

  • Donald Trump Oct 30, 2017

    Immigrants Fear Loss of Humanitarian Program Under Trump

    Iris Acosta has spent the last two decades enrolled in an immigration program that has helped her get a work permit, put three children through school in her native Honduras and obtain health insurance to cover her cancer treatment. Now, the 51-year-old hotel housekeeper from Los Angeles fears it could all come to an abrupt halt. Acosta is one of...

  • Donald Trump Nov 16, 2016

    'Sanctuary Cities' Vow to Protect Immigrants From Trump Plan

    Democratic mayors of major U.S. cities that have long had cool relationships with federal immigration officials say they will do all they can to protect residents from deportation, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s vows to withhold potentially millions of dollars in taxpayer money if they do not cooperate. New York City’s Bill de Blasio, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Seattle’s Ed Murray...

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