Latest Immigration policy News

Family detention space goes unused as Trump warns of crisis

Apr. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned that Central American families are staging an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has threatened to take migrants to Democratic strongholds to punish political opponents. And his administration regularly complains about having to "catch and release"...

US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship

Apr. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado,...

Appeals court backs California laws to protect immigrants

Apr. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday kept in place three California laws intended to protect immigrants, continuing the state's efforts to be a national leader in opposing Trump administration policies. The court upheld lower court rulings denying the Trump administration's request...

President who cried wolf? Real border alarms now seem hollow

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump insisted last year that America's southern border was in crisis, his warnings landed with a thud. Making unverified claims about "unknown Middle Easterners" and prayer rugs found by ranchers, Trump drew eye rolls from Democrats and many others, who derided his...

Dems ask White House aide Miller to testify on immigration

Apr. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic House committee chairman on Wednesday invited White House aide Stephen Miller to testify before his panel and "make your case" for President Donald Trump's aggressive policies cracking down on both illegal and legal immigration. The combative Miller is one of the White...

Yuma declares state of emergency over migrant families

Apr. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has declared a symbolic "state of emergency" to deal with the number of families being released from Border Patrol custody into the city. Douglas Nicholls said Tuesday that he hoped not to get to this point but that organizations helping immigrant families...

ICE arresting, deporting fewer people due to border surge

Apr. 17, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it's arresting and deporting fewer immigrants because the agency is devoting more resources to the surging numbers of migrant families crossing the southern border. Acting Director Matthew Albence said Wednesday that ICE has made 14...

Asylum seekers who show credible fear not eligible for bond

Apr. 17, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Detained asylum seekers who have shown they have a credible fear of returning to their country will no longer be able to ask a judge to grant them bond. U.S. Attorney General William Barr decided Tuesday that asylum seekers who clear a "credible fear" interview and are facing removal don't...

Advisory group recommends changes to migrant processing

Apr. 16, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal advisory group is calling for significant changes to how the federal government deals with the surge of migrant families that officials say is overwhelming the southern border. In a draft report unveiled Tuesday, a committee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council called on...

AP source: Officials consider new penalty for visa overstays

Apr. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top administration officials have been discussing ways to increase pressure on countries with high numbers of citizens who overstay short-term visas, as part of President Donald Trump's growing focus on immigration heading into his re-election campaign. The administration could introduce...