Latest Immigration policy News

Michigan Gov. Whitmer blocks immigrant detention plan

Feb. 19, 2019 10:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blocked the sale of a former state prison that was proposed as the site of a privately operated federal immigration detention center, drawing praise from immigrant rights activists and criticism Tuesday from a Republican lawmaker whose district stood...

Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants

Feb. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EST

Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers called for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike. Reporting by The Associated Press revealed late last month that nine Indian men who were refusing...

Judge bars immigration policing criteria for 2 grants

Feb. 16, 2019 12:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday permanently blocked the Trump administration from imposing conditions that police departments cooperate with immigration authorities to receive law enforcement grants. The Department of Justice exceeded its authority and violated the constitution by requiring...

ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees in Texas

Feb. 15, 2019 8:09 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding a group of men on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The dramatic reversal came Thursday as public pressure was mounting on ICE to halt the practice,...

APNewsBreak: New guidance on handling child bride petitions

Feb. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced new rules Friday to scrutinize petitions to bring in underage spouses to the U.S. after data showed thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides had been approved. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it was updating...

Immigration spending pact has more than a border wall

Feb. 14, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A compromise on border and immigration enforcement cleared Congress on Thursday, giving President Donald Trump just a sliver of the money he wanted for his border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill and then declare a national emergency to try to shift money to...

Trump administration sued over shift in asylum policy

Feb. 14, 2019 9:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts violates U.S. law by putting the migrants in danger and depriving them of the ability to prepare their cases, a lawsuit filed Thursday by civil liberties groups...

The Latest: Children sent to Mexico under US asylum policy

Feb. 14, 2019 8:33 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A Mexican official tells The Associated Press that the first children have been returned to...

On immigration, Mideast and more, Kushner keeps pushing

Feb. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ink wasn't dry on a border security compromise before Jared Kushner had moved on to another enormous challenge. As lawmakers fine-tuned a border agreement that the president's son-in-law and senior adviser had been unable to extract from Capitol Hill in earlier talks, Kushner was at...

Teen migrant detention facility allows a glimpse inside gate

Feb. 13, 2019 8:04 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Journalists were given a glimpse Wednesday of a newly expanded south-Florida detention facility where nearly 150 teenage migrants sleep in rows of bunk beds in a large windowless room and use portable toilets housed in adjacent tents. The sleeping area in a converted Job Corps...