Latest Immigration policy News

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers

Jul. 17, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody said Wednesday he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference, Manuel Duran discussed what he...

Florida migrant teen detention center sees dramatic downsize

Jul. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The nation's largest facility for migrant children has released hundreds of teens to relatives in recent days, easing overcrowding at the South Florida center that has come under intense criticism from Democratic lawmakers who call it cramped and regimented. The company that runs the Homestead...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates sue over new asylum rule

Jul. 17, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's effort to end asylum protections for many migrants (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Immigrant advocates are suing the Trump administration over its move to end asylum protections for most migrants who cross the southern U.S. border. The American Civil...

Trump's new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Jul. 16, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections for people fleeing violence and oppression in their...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...

Rand Paul touts efforts to increase legal immigration to US

Jul. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One way to reduce the tide of immigrants entering the United States illegally is to expand federal laws allowing newcomers to enter the country legally, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday. The Kentucky lawmaker touted two bills that he's sponsoring in an attempt to increase...

Man killed at Washington immigration jail shot many times

Jul. 15, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner's office said Monday that Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon...

The Latest: Man killed at immigration jail shot many times

Jul. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on The Latest on the death of a man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Authorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of...