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Biden administration undoes Trump-era immigration rule

Sep. 08, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration has officially undone a Trump-era rule that barred immigrants from gaining legal residency if they had utilized certain government benefits, allowing for a return to a previous policy with a narrower scope. The Department of Homeland...

Fleeing Nicaraguans strain Costa Rica's asylum system

Sep. 02, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — After four years of trying to continue his studies in Nicaragua, Elthon Rivera finally reached the same conclusion as thousands of his countrymen. The government shuttered his university, its director told him he was going into exile and warned that the police were...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 29, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. August 25, 2022. Editorial: Texas should eliminate the tampon tax Abbott’s support signals this tax’s days are numbered. Taxes are, at best, a necessary evil. But there are certain areas where, if we can get the government out...

Arizona won't wait for feds, starts filling border wall gaps

Aug. 12, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona began moving in shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the border wall near the southern Arizona farming community of Yuma on Friday, with officials saying they were acting to stop migrants after repeated, unfulfilled promises from the Biden administration to...

Supreme Court certifies ruling ending Trump border policy

Aug. 01, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday certified its month-old ruling allowing the Biden administration to end a cornerstone Trump-era border policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, a pro forma act that has drawn attention amid near-total silence...

Abbott spent hours at fundraiser after Uvalde shooting

Jul. 29, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that he stopped at a campaign fundraiser following the deadly school shooting in Uvalde and “let people know” he couldn't stay, but a newspaper reports that he was there for nearly three hours. The Dallas Morning News...

US to fill border wall gaps at open area near Yuma, Arizona

Jul. 28, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday authorized completion of the Trump-funded U.S.-Mexico border wall in an open area of southern Arizona near Yuma that has become one of the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Biden had pledged during his campaign to cease...

Secret Service director delays retirement amid 1/6 scrutiny

Jul. 28, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director James Murray is delaying his retirement as the agency deals with an inspector general’s investigation and congressional inquiries related to missing text messages around the time of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Murray, who was...

US extends legal protection for Venezuelans for 18 months

Jul. 11, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who fled their country’s humanitarian crisis and are in the United States under temporary legal protection will be allowed to remain for another 18 months, the Biden administration announced Monday. But advocates expressed...

Feds deny Burgum's request to restore border crossing hours

Jul. 11, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection won’t restore hours of operation to pre-pandemic levels at some ports of entry in North Dakota, despite pressure from Gov. Doug Burgum. In a letter to the agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent...