Latest Immigration News

Asylum-seekers in Arizona to be bused to Texas, then Mexico

Nov. 22, 2019 3:02 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Asylum-seekers who cross the border through Arizona are now being bused by immigration authorities to Texas, where they can be sent to Mexico to await their U.S. immigration court hearings. The government said its highly criticized program known colloquially as Remain in Mexico is now in...

Kurds in US struggle with distance amid Syria crisis abroad

Nov. 22, 2019 12:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When President Donald Trump abruptly announced plans to withdraw American troops from northern Syria last month, Nashville’s city hall and a bridge below the downtown skyline lit up in the green, yellow and red of the Kurdish flag. In the largest Kurdish community in the...

The Trump impeachment hearings highlight immigrants’ stories

Nov. 22, 2019 10:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds,...

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘domestic political errand’

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation...

1st Honduran returned to Guatemala under US asylum accord

Nov. 21, 2019 4:15 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States has begun carrying out a landmark policy shift on asylum that’s a top priority of President Donald Trump, returning a Honduran immigrant to Guatemala to pursue his asylum case. Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the Honduran man had reached...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Malaysia detains 680 in China-based online scam syndicate

Nov. 21, 2019 4:46 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Immigration Department said Thursday it has broken up a China-based online investment scam syndicate with the arrest of 680 suspected Chinese citizens after storming a building where they were operating, but another 100 managed to flee. Immigration...

Arizona border activist acquitted of harboring immigrants

Nov. 20, 2019 8:01 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An activist was quickly acquitted Wednesday on charges he illegally harbored two Central American immigrants at a southern Arizona camp operated by a humanitarian group. The verdict by a jury in U.S. District Court came after jurors deliberated for about two hours in what was the...

Judge to rule by year end on ICE arrests at New York courts

Nov. 20, 2019 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge says he’ll rule by the end of the year on the constitutionality of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in New York courthouses. Judge Jed Rakoff set the deadline for himself after expressing skepticism toward the federal government’s assertions that its...

The Latest: Activist acquitted of harboring immigrants

Nov. 20, 2019 5:52 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a border humanitarian charged with immigrant harboring (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A jury in Arizona has acquitted an activist on charges he illegally helped two migrant men from Central America evade authorities. Scott Warren was charged with harboring for...