Latest Immigration policy News

Migrant dies in Mexico detention center riot over virus fear

Apr. 1, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan migrant died during a riot at an immigration detention center in Mexico, where detainees burned mattresses to protest conditions that they say could expose them to the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. The Guatemalan consul in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco,...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Apr. 1, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Coronavirus Doesn’t Care Where You Come From. Trump Still Does. The New York Times March 31 Three weeks ago, with much of the United States already gearing up to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Trump...

FILE - In a Thursday, July 4, 2019 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, his wife Karen Pence, pose for a group photo with new naturalized citizens following a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great Recession. New figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 47% of the foreign-born population who arrived in the U.S. from 2010 to 2019 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 36% of native-born Americans and 31% of the foreign-born population who entered the country in or before 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Almost half of U.S. foreign-born in past decade had college

Mar. 31, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great...

Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus

Mar. 27, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said 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. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said she wants to be sure immigrant...

Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

3 migrant children in US custody test positive for virus

Mar. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three immigrant children in U.S. government custody at a New York facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said it has suspended releases from centers in...

Appeals court upholds ruling in suit over grant conditions

Mar. 26, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A panel of three appeals court judges upheld a previous ruling that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot enforce two Rhode Island cities to comply with a grant that they said in a lawsuit would turn local police into federal immigration agents. The decision issued Tuesday by judges with the...

Two persons walk through a tunnel between the plenary hall and an office building of the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The parliament meet for a session to vote about new package of measures to cushion the devastating effects of the virus outbreak on the economy. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Mar. 25, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

President Trump was urging passage of an unprecedented aid package as Senate leaders grappled with last-minute snags in the emergency legislation to rush aid totaling some $2 trillion in assistance to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. New York authorities mobilized...

FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif.  Pressure is mounting on the Trump administration to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has already tested positive for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges

Mar. 25, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions could cause rapid spread of the virus. The U.S. holds...

FILE - In this Jan.8, 2020 file photo Montana Supreme Court Justice Dirk Sandefur, right, questions Maureen Lennon, attorney for the Montana Association of Counties, arguing on behalf of the Lincoln County Sheriff in Helena, Mont., during arguments on whether local law enforcement officers have the authority to arrest people for alleged civil violations of federal immigration law. The Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that state and local law enforcement officers don't have the authority to arrest people on federal civil immigration detention requests. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Ruling: State, local officers can't make immigration arrests

Mar. 25, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State and local law enforcement officers in Montana do not have the authority to arrest people on federal civil immigration detainers, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. “This is a major victory for immigrants in Montana,” Alex Rate, legal director for the...