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Today in History

Nov. 24, 2021 00:11 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2021. There are 37 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused...

No settlement for separated migrant families amid criticism

Nov. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants whose children were taken from them under former President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance border policy have not reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. government, a lawyer for the families said Thursday as he and other advocates pushed back at increasing...

New fast-track docket for migrants faces familiar challenges

Nov. 11, 2021 17:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The average time for U.S. immigration cases to be resolved is nearly four years. But that's not the mandate in Francisco Prieto’s courtroom. The New York judge must attempt to rule within 300 days on dozens of cases he hears daily from families that...

Inside Biden’s border plans: How optimism turned to chaos

Nov. 03, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For about four months before President Joe Biden took office, advisers engaged in intense internal debate about how quickly they should undo his predecessor's hardline border policies. The answer, almost always, was that Donald Trump's mark...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 01, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

De Moines Register. Oct. 30, 2021. Editorial: Confronted by state inaction, voters can help Polk County invest in conservation and recreation Polk County’s plan to build on a successful borrowing program for conservation and recreation would...

White House renews bid to end 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Oct. 29, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday launched a second bid to end a Trump-era policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, while also reaffirming a commitment to reinstate it under court order. Homeland Security...

US limits immigration arrests at schools, 'protected' areas

Oct. 27, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities will limit arrests at schools, hospitals and other “protected” areas under guidelines issued Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security, part of a broader effort to roll back the approach to enforcement under President Donald Trump. ...

2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Oct. 25, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

Two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday in the most detailed public account yet of an episode that tarnished the agency's reputation. ...

Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan...

US Homeland Security secretary tests positive for COVID

Oct. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said. The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild congestion,” DHS said in a statement. ...