Latest Immigration policy News

Over 70 arrested in immigration protest at Microsoft store

Sep. 14, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of immigration policy protesters have been arrested at a demonstration outside a Microsoft store in New York City. Police say they took 76 people into custody Saturday who blocked traffic near the Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. The protesters criticized Microsoft for doing business...

Trump official says asylum changes will drive down backlog

Sep. 13, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems claim Trump inspired El Paso killings

Sep. 13, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency tripped over some details as they sparred in a debate thick with policy and personal stories. Several made provocative accusations that President Donald Trump inspired the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas, last month. On the policy front, Bernie...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...

Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

Sep. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — A new level of despair spread among tens of thousands of migrants waiting on the Mexican border to seek refuge in the U.S. as the Trump administration began enforcing radical new restrictions Thursday on who qualifies for asylum. "The United States is the only option," Dunea Romero,...

Under US pressure Mexico shifts immigration policy

Sep. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Under growing pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico's immigration policy has moved from one promising to help migrants to another characterized by militarized enforcement that has support of the country's foreign secretary. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced...

Gay married couple sues after daughter denied US citizenship

Sep. 12, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A gay married couple in Maryland sued Thursday to challenge the State Department's refusal to recognize the U.S. citizenship of their infant daughter, who was born in Canada via a surrogate this year. The federal lawsuit says a State Department policy discriminates against same-sex...

Mexico says it disagrees with US Supreme Court order

Sep. 12, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico's government doesn't agree with an "astonishing" U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. Speaking at President Andrés...

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of Trump asylum rule

Sep. 12, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy...

450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts

Sep. 12, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally....