Latest Immigration News

US closes facility that detained migrant who later died

May. 22, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border agents have temporarily closed their primary facility for processing migrants in South Texas one day after authorities say a 16-year-old died after being diagnosed with the flu at the facility. In a statement released late Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it would...

AG Barr says nationwide rulings are hampering Trump's agenda

May. 21, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is taking on another item from President Donald Trump's agenda, railing against judges who issue rulings blocking nationwide policies. In a speech Tuesday night, Barr took aim at the broad judicial power, arguing that federal judges who have issued the...

Governor seeks reimbursement from US for migrant aid

May. 21, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Financial and logistical support for border communities coping with an influx of asylum-seeking migrants are on the agenda as the governor of New Mexico travels Tuesday to Washington to meet with federal officials. The two-day visit announced by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

Immigrants rally for drivers licenses in New York

May. 21, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Immigrants from around New York state have rallied at the state Capitol to call on legislators to authorize driver's licenses for residents who entered the country illegally. Tuesday's event featured remarks from top lawmakers including Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the...

The Latest: New Mexico offers grants for immigrant aid

May. 21, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on immigration and border-related concerns in New Mexico (all times local): 4:20 p.m. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state is creating a grant program to reimburse local government agencies that provide humanitarian aid to migrants seeking asylum in the...

Mexico studies building new immigration facilities

May. 21, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is studying a change in the way it handles migrants who have been overwhelming its facilities near the border with Guatemala, and may try to keep more of them in newly constructed voluntary shelters rather than in detention facilities. Tonatiuh Guillén, director of the...

Cuccinelli joining Trump administration in immigration role

May. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former attorney general of Virginia, whose name had been tossed around for months for an immigration role, will be joining the Trump administration, according to a White House official. Ken Cuccinelli will be taking a position within the Department of Homeland Security, according to...

Prison for smuggler after 2015 Texas wreck, 2 immigrants die

May. 21, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man identified by prosecutors as leader of a human smuggling ring must serve nearly 22 years in federal prison over a 2015 wreck that left two immigrants dead. Osvaldo Gonzalez of Mission was sentenced Tuesday in McAllen. The 26-year-old Gonzalez in November pleaded...

Congress joins debate over sending TSA employees to border

May. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer. The TSA is asking federal air marshals,...

Dutch minister quits over asylum seeker crime statistics

May. 21, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch junior justice minister has quit after his department came under fire for appearing to minimize statistics about criminality among asylum seekers. The ministry was criticized for categorizing hundreds of cases reporting serious offenses including attempted murder and...