Latest Immigration policy News

Challenge to immigration law is tossed on eve of enactment

Dec. 13, 2019 7:41 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A law that will allow New Yorkers to get driver’s licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally weathered a second court challenge Friday, days before its enactment. A federal district judge ruled against Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, saying he lacked...

Brazilians arrive in waves at the US-Mexico border

Dec. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he'd be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis. But with hundreds of Brazilians crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, each week, the Motel 6 by the airport has become a stepping stone for...

Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants

Dec. 13, 2019 4:28 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A whistleblower report provided to BuzzFeed News alleges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care” to detained migrants, leading to complications that included the removal of part of an 8-year-old boy's...

US sends first non-Guatemalan migrant families to Guatemala

Dec. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala on Thursday received the first families of migrants sent by the United States under an agreement to return non-Guatemalans who passed through that country on their way to the U.S. border. The national migration agency confirmed the arrival of 14 people, seven from Honduras...

Hope, worry, lawsuits as NY enacts immigrant license law

Dec. 12, 2019 12:55 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law allowing New Yorkers to get driver’s licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally is set to take effect Monday, though immigrants might still face hurdles in some parts of the state. Some county clerks ideologically opposed to the law have challenged...

US seeks dismissal of New Mexico's immigration lawsuit

Dec. 11, 2019 9:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. lawyers want a judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties earlier this year by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central American migrants into communities after they crossed into the United States. New Mexico claimed in a lawsuit...

Biden campaign acknowledges 'pain' of Obama-era deportations

Dec. 11, 2019 7:01 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Biden has joined his top Democratic presidential rivals in pledging to end for-profit migrant detention centers that existed while he was vice president. He also acknowledged through his campaign the “pain” caused by deportations carried out by the Obama administration. ...

Immigration attorneys urge caution with new marijuana law

Dec. 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois within weeks, but legal experts on Wednesday urged immigrants to exercise caution as marijuana use or cannabis-related jobs could mean repercussions including deportation. Illinois will allow adult recreational marijuana in January, but the...

PBS, Netflix, MSNBC among 2020 duPont-Columbia award winners

Dec. 11, 2019 7:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Groundbreaking reporting on the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border, the growth of America's white supremacist movement and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be honored at the 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, Columbia’s Graduate School of...

Lawsuit challenges speedy reviews of asylum claims

Dec. 6, 2019 7:40 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new effort to speed up initial reviews of asylum claims to within three days denies asylum-seekers rights to consult attorneys, according to the latest legal challenge to the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies and practices. The federal lawsuit filed in Washington,...