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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...

Smugglers allegedly cut a roughly 18-inch (1.2-meter) opening in the steel-pole of a border wall, since repaired, a breach that the U.S. Border Patrol said led to the

Border Patrol allows replanting after bulldozing garden

Jan. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the U.S. side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, after a public...

NJ AG: 'Disappointed' by feds' immigration directive action

Jan. 25, 2020 5:30 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's attorney general says he's “deeply disappointed” that the U.S. Justice Department is backing two counties in their lawsuits against his directive limiting law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. reports that the...

New Mexico magic studio highlights immigrant illusionist

Jan. 25, 2020 10:53 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jamie O'Hara's first job was working behind the counter in a magic shop. He was 10 years old, growing up in the suburbs of New York City. On a recent Friday afternoon, visitors to Raze Studio Illusions & Magic in Las Cruces, New Mexico, were greeted by O'Hara — general...

A Mexican National Guard detains a Central American migrant after he crossed the Suchiate River with a group of migrants from Guatemala into Mexico near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States marooned in Guatemala are walking en masse across a river leading to Mexico in an attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Use of 'rescues' by Mexican migration officials criticized

Jan. 24, 2020 8:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The headline on a statement from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute read: “INM rescues 800 Central American migrants who entered (Mexico) today irregularly.” For many people who watched the moments when hundreds of Mexican national guardsmen with helmets and...

Royals star Pérez becomes US Citizen at team's fan event

Jan. 24, 2020 7:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Already a World Series MVP, six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove catcher, Salvador Pérez became something else when he stepped onto the main stage at the Kansas City Royals' annual FanFest: a U.S. citizen. Pérez took his oath of citizenship on Friday, the completion...

Lebanon, New Hampshire, putting 'sanctuary city' on ballot

Jan. 24, 2020 2:45 PM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Residents of Lebanon, New Hampshire, will vote in March on an ordinance that would make it an immigration “sanctuary city.” City councilors voted 8-1 Wednesday to include what it calls the Welcoming Ordinance on the March ballot. It would limit city employees and...

Mexican National Guards stand watch over the Suchiate River where locals transport cargo and ferry people between Mexico and Guatemala, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, a location popular for Central American migrants to cross from Guatemala to Mexico. One National guard said it’s easy to distinguish local Guatemalans who cross for ordinary workday reasons for their manner of speaking, and they’re welcome “because they’re neighbors.” (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Normalcy returns to Guatemala-Mexico border after caravan

Jan. 24, 2020 2:26 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — From the roadside stand where his family sells mole, barbecue and chicken stew, Miguel Ángel Vázquez has seen all the caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers stream past his front door in recent years, throngs of people driven to flee poverty and...

FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during as he reviews border wall prototypes, in San Diego, as Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief, listens. The Trump administration has named Rodney Scott the new head of the U.S. Border Patrol. Scott will take over for Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to an announcement obtained Friday by The Associated Press from Mark Morgan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Scott has been a member of the Border Patrol for 27 years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Career Border Patrol official picked to lead agency

Jan. 24, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday named a 27-year Border Patrol veteran who has forcefully advocated for the president's agenda to lead the agency after a surge of asylum-seeking families led to increased scrutiny and unprecedented turmoil on the Mexican border. Rodney Scott follows...