Latest Immigration policy News

Nebraska city keeps paying Kobach to defend immigration rule

Dec. 12, 2018 6:45 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska city will continue paying former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach at least $10,000 a year to defend its immigration ordinance even though the last legal challenge to the rule ended in 2014. Fremont's City Council unanimously approved its annual agreement with...

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow asylum ban

Dec. 11, 2018 5:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to caravans of...

Acting attorney general defends Trump immigration crackdown

Dec. 11, 2018 5:32 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration's stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them. During a Texas visit Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aimed at drastically reducing the number of immigrants...

ACLU condemns Nevada school policy for background checks

Dec. 11, 2018 5:05 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Civil rights leaders in Nevada are condemning a new school district policy requiring background checks for parents visiting their children's Reno-area schools, warning the practice could have a chilling effect on immigrant families. The Washoe County School Board approved the policy in...

US judge tosses bulk of suit against Trump immigration move

Dec. 10, 2018 7:50 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration provided adequate justification for its decision to end a program that reunited hundreds of immigrants from Central America with family members in the U.S., a federal judge ruled Monday. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler threw out the bulk of a lawsuit that argued...

Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds

Dec. 9, 2018 3:53 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Lilas Almalaki didn't know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English she learned as a top student in Syria to keep the bullies in place. Hassan Husseini didn't speak German...

US appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban

Dec. 7, 2018 9:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court late Friday refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The ban is inconsistent with an existing U.S. law and an attempted end-run around Congress, a panel...

4 districts engage immigrant families for English project

Dec. 7, 2018 1:05 AM EST

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — On a recent Monday night at Fairview Elementary, a small group of Hispanic parents sit around a table joined by teachers from Carthage's dual language and English Language Learners programs. The teachers ask the parents a series of questions, including if they're interested in English...

Family separations at border down, but dozens still affected

Dec. 6, 2018 1:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Despite the order and...

Man avoids jail time for sham marriage immigration schemes

Dec. 5, 2018 12:09 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who entered into six sham marriages to help foreign-born women skirt U.S. immigration laws has avoided prison. Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Peter Hicks, of Worcester, was sentenced Tuesday to two years' probation after an emotional plea to avoid prison....