Latest Immigration policy News

Critics of new immigrant driver's license law seek repeal

Jun. 17, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A just-passed state law allowing immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses in Massachusetts is now the subject of a repeal effort. Critics, including members of the Massachusetts Republican Party, are supporting the push to put the repeal...

DeSantis wants panel to probe trafficking, sanctuary cities

Jun. 17, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday asked that a statewide grand jury be set up to examine networks that illegally smuggle people into the state as part of an investigation that also would focus on local governments that he says violate state law by adopting “sanctuary"...

Justices dismiss Trump-era immigration case, in a Biden win

Jun. 15, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday it was wrong to wade into a dispute involving a Trump-era immigration rule that the Biden administration has abandoned, so the justices dismissed the case. The court had said it would answer the question of whether Republican-led...

Zimbabwe reporter fined on accreditation for New York Times

Jun. 14, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court on Tuesday convicted a journalist on charges of breaking the country’s immigration laws by allegedly arranging fake accreditation papers for two correspondents for the New York Times. The Bulawayo magistrates court fined Jeffrey Moyo...

Justices rule against detained immigrants seeking release

Jun. 13, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled against immigrants who are seeking their release from long periods of detention while they fight deportation orders. In two cases decided Monday, the court said that the immigrants, who fear persecution if sent back to their native...

With Senate override vote, driver's license bill becomes law

Jun. 09, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses in Massachusetts has become law after the state Senate voted Thursday to override the veto of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. The 32-8 vote followed a successful override vote...

House votes to override Baker veto of driver's license bill

Jun. 08, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses in Massachusetts was approved by the Massachusetts House on Wednesday over the veto of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. The 119-36 vote means the bill now heads to the...

EXPLAINER: Can Pa. GOP candidate make voters re-register?

Jun. 02, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania's Republican candidate for governor, is perhaps the state's most prominent peddler of former President Donald Trump's lie that widespread fraud cost him the 2020 election. A state senator and retired U.S. Army colonel, Mastriano...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over citizenship check for voting

May. 31, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Mississippi of using a discriminatory proof-of-citizenship requirement for some new voters under a law dating back to the Jim Crow era. The dismissal came weeks after the state repealed a 1924 law that...

Gov. Baker vetoes bill to expand access to driver's licenses

May. 27, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a bill Friday that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses in Massachusetts. The veto came just a day after the Massachusetts House and Senate gave final approval to the measure, sending it to...