Latest Immigration policy News

Group holding immigrant children settles ex-employee claim

Apr. 3, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a Texas-based organization that runs facilities to hold immigrant children has settled a retaliation claim from an ex-employee. Southwest Key Programs will pay $68,000 to the employee, the Justice Department said in a Friday news release. DOJ alleged the...

US judge dismisses New Mexico's immigration lawsuit

Apr. 2, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge has granting a motion to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central American migrants into communities after they crossed into the United States. New Mexico had claimed in a lawsuit...

Judge in Maryland weighs release of 2 detained immigrants

Apr. 2, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Immigrants’ rights advocates on Thursday urged a federal judge to order the release of two people from Maryland immigration detention facilities, saying their medical conditions carry a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection. U.S. District Judge...

California Supreme Court won't hear immigration case

Apr. 1, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wedesday has refused to hear a challenge to a state law that limits police collaboration with federal immigration agents. The court denied a request by the city of Huntington Beach to review an appellate court opinion in January that found...

Migrant dies in Mexico detention center riot over virus fear

Apr. 1, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan migrant died during a riot at an immigration detention center in Mexico, where detainees burned mattresses to protest conditions they say could expose them to the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Twenty-seven migrants escaped from the facility in the Gulf coast...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Apr. 1, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Coronavirus Doesn’t Care Where You Come From. Trump Still Does. The New York Times March 31 Three weeks ago, with much of the United States already gearing up to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Trump...

FILE - In a Thursday, July 4, 2019 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, his wife Karen Pence, pose for a group photo with new naturalized citizens following a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great Recession. New figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 47% of the foreign-born population who arrived in the U.S. from 2010 to 2019 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 36% of native-born Americans and 31% of the foreign-born population who entered the country in or before 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Almost half of U.S. foreign-born in past decade had college

Mar. 31, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great...

Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus

Mar. 27, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said she doesn't want a sudden, large-scale release of immigrant children from U.S. government custody but wants to know why they're still being held as the coronavirus spreads. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said she wants to be sure immigrant...

Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

3 migrant children in US custody test positive for virus

Mar. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three immigrant children in U.S. government custody at a New York facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said it has suspended releases from centers in...