Latest Immigration policy News

APNewsBreak: Source says US, El Salvador to sign asylum deal

Sep. 20, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America's most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to a senior Trump administration official. The official said acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan...

Mississippi sheriff sets policies amid racial profiling suit

Sep. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A county in south Mississippi has settled a racial profiling lawsuit and its sheriff's department is setting new policies that limit officers' use of race or national origin as a reason to stop and question people, attorneys say. A family with Latino and Native American background...

Trump closes doors to immigrants, some US citizens open them

Sep. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As news of immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border filled headlines last summer, Vivien Tartter became distraught. So the 67-year-old psychology professor took action: She opened the doors of her Manhattan apartment to a Guatemalan family of three who had been...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Cuccinelli emerging as Trump's leading voice on immigration

Sep. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Liberty, constructed in this case of paper-mâché, stands about 7-feet-tall or so in the corner of the office of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It overlooks Massachusetts Avenue from floor-to-ceiling windows. It wasn't a...

Detention center moves sale agreement to closed session

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island detention center has decided to move the discussion around a potential sale to a private operator behind closed doors. The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls has put aside consideration of agreement with creditors Monday night. The decision angered...

Judge tosses out lawsuit over law center's hate group labels

Sep. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to financially destroy one of the organizations that it has labeled as a hate group. The Center for Immigration Studies' lawsuit is devoid of any allegation that the law...

Legal challenge filed to public charge rule

Sep. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An organization advocating for low-wage immigrants has filed a legal challenge to a Trump administration rule that may deny green cards to immigrants who use public services. Georgetown Law school's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and CASA filed a legal challenge in...

Over 70 arrested in immigration protest at Microsoft store

Sep. 14, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of immigration policy protesters have been arrested at a demonstration outside a Microsoft store in New York City. Police say they took 76 people into custody Saturday who blocked traffic near the Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. The protesters criticized Microsoft for doing business...

Trump official says asylum changes will drive down backlog

Sep. 13, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and...