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Lieutenant governor, immigrant activists win JFK awards

Jan. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Washington state's lieutenant governor and the founders of an immigrant rights group have been named winners of this year's John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and Freedom for Immigrants founders Christina Mansfield and Christina Fialho will be presented with...

Director Lee Isaac Chung, left, and Steven Yeun pose for a portrait to promote the film

‘Minari,’ a Korean immigrant drama, breaks out at Sundance

Jan. 28, 2020 1:52 PM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — After the premiere of “Minari” at the Sundance Film Festival, while many in the audience were still drying their eyes, director Lee Isaac Chung quoted the author Willa Cather to explain how he had come to write a film based on his childhood, when his Korean family moved...

High court weighs case of Somali refugee facing deportation

Jan. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Efforts by Boston’s top prosecutor to protect immigrants facing deportation for nonviolent crimes are the focus of a case making its way through Massachusetts’ highest court. State Supreme Judicial Court Justice David Lowy is holding a hearing Tuesday in the case of Osman Bilal,...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, visits the Department of Mathematics at King's Maths School, part of King's College London University, in London, Monday Jan. 27, 2020. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP)

Experts say UK should lower salary threshold for immigrants

Jan. 28, 2020 8:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A panel of immigration experts says Britain should lower the salary threshold for immigrants after Brexit and urged the government to quickly set up new migration rules once the U.K. leaves the European Union. The Conservative government asked the Migration Advisory Committee to come up with...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court in Washington. A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

Jan. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers. Under the new policy, immigration officials can deny green cards to legal...

President Donald Trump pauses as he walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump rally on Jersey shore shows loyalty beyond heartland

Jan. 27, 2020 3:05 PM EST

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is holding his next rally in a county with almost no factory jobs to save, a reliance on immigrant workers and an economy built in part by coastal elites who summer there. Cape May County on the southern tip of New Jersey reflects just how much loyalty Trump...

State Rep. Javier Martínez, D-Albuquerque, pins a badge of his father, Javier Martínez, Sr., of Juarez, Mexico, before the start of the New Mexico legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature is looking for new ways to bolster a lagging public education system and open up new economic opportunities by legalizing recreational marijuana and providing tuition-free college education, as a 30-day legislative session began Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

New Mexico may extend tax credit to non-citizens

Jan. 27, 2020 2:43 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Activists for immigrant communities are pushing for legislation that allows New Mexico residents without Social Security numbers to qualify for state tax credits aimed at working families. Immigrants and allied advocacy groups thronged the state Capitol building on Monday to lobby for...

Supreme Court: Trump administration can enforce policy that could limit green cards to immigrants using public benefits

Jan. 27, 2020 1:27 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court: Trump administration can enforce policy that could limit green cards to immigrants using public benefits.

Report: Massachusetts got $160M to house ICE detainees

Jan. 26, 2020 12:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received more than $160 million from federal immigration authorities since 2012, most of which went to four county jails in exchange for housing and transporting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, according to a report in The Boston Sunday Globe that cited...

This photo taken Jan. 13, 2020, shows  Olaniyi Balogun peering out at the land he farms from the doorway of a work shed in Brookeville, MD. Balogun is a native of Nigeria who farms cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and collard greens on Agricultural Reserve land near Brookeville. As Montgomery county's demographics change, more immigrants are seeking land in the agricultural reserve to farm and rear animals, often bringing crops and farming practices from their home countries. The program connects landowners with aspiring farmers who cannot afford to buy their own land. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)

New immigrants to a Maryland county are veterans of the land

Jan. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — It was pitch-black in the early morning after the Washington region’s first snowfall, when the Nigerian farmer went to check on his crops. Olaniyi Balogun pushed open the fence, took two steps, then stamped his boot against the soil. He bent over the rows of kale and gently...