Latest Immigration News

DHS leader says fewer than 1,000 family separations

Jul. 18, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children have been...

ICE explores opening new detention center in Maryland

Jul. 18, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. immigration officials are considering opening a detention center in Maryland that could house hundreds of men and women. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement advertised on a federal contracts forum to seek potential locations. A new facility...

Maine making it easier for asylum seekers to quality for aid

Jul. 18, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor is expanding assistance to an influx of prospective asylum seekers and urging the federal government to also provide funding. Gov. Janet Mills says Thursday her administration's new regulations will allow asylum seekers to qualify for general assistance...

Clerk fired after altercation with Hispanic customers

Jul. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A clerk at a suburban Chicago gas station has been fired after a video was posted on social media appears to show him telling Hispanic customers to "go back to their country." The general counsel for the parent company of Bucky's Mobil gas station in Naperville says the employee who was...

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Jul. 18, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Guatemalan man charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children had been deported twice from the U.S. and is believed to be in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday night that 31-year-old Marvin Oswaldo...

Sea-Watch 3 captain calls for EU action on migrants rescues

Jul. 18, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was questioned by...

10 arrested during sit-in protest at ICE headquarters in DC

Jul. 18, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters angered by the federal detainment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border blocked access to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C., and staged a sit-in. News outlets reports at least 10 sit-in demonstrators were arrested and charged with unlawful...

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists." Trump's aggressive condemnation of women of color...