Latest Immigration policy News

California governor pardons 3 in bid to block deportations

Nov. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is pardoning three men who separately committed crimes when they were each 19 years old and now are attempting to avoid being deported to Cambodia or Vietnam. It’s the latest in a series of similar actions by the...

New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy

Nov. 14, 2019 12:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in and has named as his deputy a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies who had been in the running for the top job himself. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, the fifth person to...

US proposes tougher rules on work permits for asylum-seekers

Nov. 13, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed making it tougher for asylum-seekers to obtain permission to work in the United States while their cases are pending, a move that immigrant advocates say would unfairly punish those who need humanitarian protection the most. U.S. Citizenship and...

Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

Nov. 13, 2019 5:36 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis. That forecast came Wednesday from Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S....

LA's Gómez elected 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 12, 2019 3:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "I'm humbled by your support," said Gómez, whose...

US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once...

US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 12:20 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, she...

As ruling nears, immigrant fights for anti-deportation act

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Mexican immigrant fighting President Donald Trump's attempt to end a program shielding young immigrants from deportation says he is nervous about the case finally being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Martín Batalla Vidal is a lead plaintiff in one of the cases to preserve the...

Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants

Nov. 10, 2019 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration's plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign. All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when the court hears...

Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 10, 2019 1:09 PM EST

Clergy sex abuse is once again on the agenda as U.S. Catholic bishops meet this week — but so is a potentially historic milestone: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops' national conference. Gomez, 67,...