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This undated photo provided by Azalia Sandoval, taken in Guaymas Bay, Mexico, shows Carlos Manuel Sandoval showing off the two fish he caught that day. Sandoval was born in Guaymas on Feb. 13, 1955, and he continued to hear the siren call of the sea more than a quarter-century after he and his family moved to Phoenix. He still traveled back to his hometown port and other coastal communities on Mexico's Sea of Cortez at least annually to indulge his passion for fishing. Sandoval died June 30 from complications of COVID-19 at age 65. (Courtesy of Azalia Sandoval via AP)

Lives Lost: Man of the sea made the Arizona desert his home

Aug. 7, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Manuel Sandoval lived for decades in Phoenix on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, but he never stopped hearing the siren call of his birthplace — Guaymas, Mexico. More than a quarter-century after he moved with his family to Phoenix and they all became U.S. citizens, Sandoval...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, former White House national security aide Fiona Hill testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America. The New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a book by Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America

Aug. 5, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America. The New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a book by Hill, former deputy...

New U.S. citizens are sworn in during a ceremony outside the James D. McClure U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, July 23, 2020. An Idaho federal judge has held a rare outdoor court proceeding to swear in new U.S. citizens amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho Press reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale swore in 37 people from 14 countries. (Brian Myrick/The Idaho Press via AP)

Rare outdoor ceremonies for new US citizens held in Idaho

Jul. 24, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge in Idaho has held a pair of outdoor court proceedings to safely swear in new U.S. citizens from more than a dozen countries who otherwise would have had to wait months to become citizens because of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale administered...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian offshore immigration camp on Manus Island, poses for a portrait in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand immigration on Friday confirmed that Boochani, who fled Iran and then exposed Australia’s degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years, has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Journalist held for 6 years gains New Zealand refugee status

Jul. 24, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A journalist who fled Iran and then exposed Australia's degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand on Friday confirmed that Behrouz Boochani had been given the...

Britain to open path to citizenship for eligible people in Hong Kong from January 2021

Jul. 22, 2020 9:00 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Britain to open path to citizenship for eligible people in Hong Kong from January 2021.
A man displays the Hong Kong colonial flag on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

Jul. 1, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law in...

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 photo, U.S. District Judge Laurie Michelson, left, administers the Aath of Citizenship to Hala Baqtar during a drive-thru naturalization service in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on Detroit's east side. The ceremony is a way to continue working as the federal courthouse is shut down due to Coronavirus. The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens but the oath ceremonies aren't the same because of COVID-19 and a budget crisis at the citizenship agency threatens to stall them again.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drive-up US citizenship eases backlog, but new threat looms

Jun. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-year-old U.K. citizen drove into a Detroit parking garage on a recent afternoon, lowered the window of her SUV to swear an oath, and left as a newly minted American. It took less than 30 minutes. Anita Rosenberger is among thousands of people around the country who have taken the...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2007, file photo, Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, speaks about the historic launch of Sputnik I in the Alder planetarium's exhibit in Chicago, Ill. Khrushchev died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at his home in Cranston, Rhode Island. He was 84. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet leader, dies at US home

Jun. 24, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Sergei Khrushchev, the son of late Cold War-era Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, has died at his Rhode Island home, authorities said. He was 84. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the...

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Trump says he will renew effort to end DACA protections

Jun. 19, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will renew his effort to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as children. Trump denounced a Supreme Court ruling that the administration improperly ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient Roberto Martinez, left, celebrates with other DACA recipients in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Young immigrants land court win but still face uncertainty

Jun. 19, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld legal protections for young immigrants, but President Donald Trump could still take away the ability for hundreds of thousands of them to live and work legally in the United States. With no legislative answer in sight, that means the uncertainty of the last...