Latest Immigration policy News

Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls...

US to keep migrant families in hotels as amid rush for space

Apr. 10, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

Migrant families will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Friday, another step in the Biden administration's rush to set up temporary space for them. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was...

Los Angeles County fairgrounds to house migrant children

Apr. 09, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County fairgrounds will be used to temporarily house unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Friday. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said the campus in Pomona could be used to house as many as...

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell on Friday asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy New Mexico National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as more migrant families and unaccompanied children arrive, but the Democratic governor's office suggested that she redirect her...

GOP-led states lose bid to challenge immigration rule

Apr. 09, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in California refused Thursday to permit 14 states led by Republican governors to challenge the overturning of a Trump-era immigration rule affecting hundreds of thousands of people. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Policy changes help drive US migrant crossings to new highs

Apr. 09, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Paying a smuggler, Edgar Mejia could afford to take only one child with him to the United States. He chose his 3-year-old “warrior” son, leaving his 7- and 12-year-olds with their mother in Honduras. “Pitifully, I had use him like a...

Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

Apr. 08, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them "is the president's problem." Reynolds told WHO radio that her priority is the health and...

Connecticut looking for sites to house migrant children

Apr. 08, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are looking at places in the state to house unaccompanied migrant children who have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers, including a now-shuttered juvenile detention center that drew criticism over its prison-like...

Texas investigating abuse allegations at migrant facility

Apr. 07, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas child welfare officials said Wednesday they received three reports alleging abuse and neglect at a San Antonio coliseum that is holding more than 1,600 immigrant teenagers who crossed the southern border. It is the first time state officials...

Texas, Louisiana sue US government over deportation holds

Apr. 07, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas and Louisiana sued the federal government Tuesday alleging immigration authorities have declined to take custody of people who have been convicted of crimes and could be subject to deportation. In a complaint filed with a federal court in Houston,...