Latest Immigration News

Facility for teen immigrant girls in Houston being closed

Apr. 17, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A facility in Houston that housed girls who crossed U.S. border unaccompanied is being closed and the girls immediately moved, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday. About 450 girls housed since April 1 in an Emergency Intake Site...

Hopelessness continues driving Hondurans to migrate

Apr. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

OMOA, Honduras (AP) — At a converted seaside hotel, more than 200 Honduran migrants stepped off six buses, weary from traveling overnight across Guatemala after being deported by Mexico. Their journeys ended somewhere in Mexico, short of the U.S. border, and now early...

After outcry, Biden plans to lift refugee cap in May

Apr. 17, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements and getting swift blowback from allies in return. In an emergency...

Immigration judge, subject of complaint by lawyers, retires

Apr. 17, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Immigration Court judge who was the subject of a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department involving hostile and biased treatment of immigrants abruptly quit his post this week. In a letter announcing his retirement, Judge Nicholas...

New conservative group would save 'Anglo-Saxon' traditions

Apr. 17, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right House Republicans on Friday were discussing forming an America First Caucus, which one document described as championing “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warning that mass immigration was putting the “unique identity” of the U.S. at risk. ...

A year into COVID, Smithfield workers still have questions

Apr. 17, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sandra Silbert wasn’t taking any chances. She asked for a mask in March 2020 at the Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls. When she didn’t get one, she made them herself out of an extra set of curtains at home. ...

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements. ...

Vartan Gregorian, longtime president of Carnegie Corp., dies

Apr. 16, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vartan Gregorian, the noted scholar and philanthropic leader who led the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997, died Thursday after being hospitalized for stomach pain. He was 87. “The Corporation has lost a devoted and tireless leader — an...

Housing for migrant kids currently unneeded in Connecticut

Apr. 16, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities have told Gov. Ned Lamont's administration they do not, for the moment, need sites in Connecticut to house unaccompanied migrant children who have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers, state officials confirmed Friday. ...

Honduran woman exits Utah church after 3 years in sanctuary

Apr. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After over three years living in a Salt Lake City church to avoid being deported, Honduran immigrant Vicky Chavez stepped outside Thursday with tears in her eyes as church congregants and friends cheered, celebrating her newfound freedom. Chavez...