Latest Naturalization News

George W. Bush welcomes new US citizens at Texas ceremony

Mar. 18, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush welcomed new U.S. citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony in Dallas, saying that "amid all the complications of policy, may we never forget that immigration is a blessing and a strength." Bush and former first lady Laura Bush spoke to the around 50...

Refugee soccer player happy he's now an Australian citizen

Mar. 12, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A former Bahraini soccer player and refugee became an Australian citizen Wednesday, four weeks after detention in Thailand on an extradition request from his home country raised international concern. Hakeem al-Araiby told reporters he's "an Aussie now" and is happy to be safe. The...

Judge: Muslim man's suit over border detention can proceed

Mar. 4, 2019 5:42 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Muslim man can proceed with his lawsuit alleging he was subjected to low-grade torture when U.S. Customs agents detained him at the border, a judge has ruled. Government lawyers had asked the judge to toss out the lawsuit filed by Anas Elhady, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Dearborn,...

Kelsey Griffin, out of WNBA for 5 years, on Lynx camp roster

Feb. 28, 2019 5:15 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx have signed forward Kelsey Griffin to their training camp roster, the third pick in the 2010 draft who has not played in the WNBA in five years. Griffin, an All-American at Nebraska, was traded by the Lynx to Connecticut on draft day. She played five seasons for the...

Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

Feb. 22, 2019 8:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan...

Texas' election chief defends sharing flawed noncitizen list

Feb. 7, 2019 3:00 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' election chief on Thursday defended giving prosecutors a list of 95,000 potential noncitizens on the state's voter rolls before vetting the information, which turned out to wrongly include scores of people who were naturalized before casting legal ballots. Secretary of State...

Immigration lawyers blast delays in citizenship, green cards

Jan. 30, 2019 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration lawyers on Wednesday blasted delays in the U.S. government's handling of applications for citizenship, green cards and other immigration benefits. The American Immigration Lawyers Association said the wait times nearly doubled over a four-year period while the number of...

ACLU slams Texas' findings on potential non-citizen voters

Jan. 28, 2019 6:55 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Civil rights groups demanded Monday that Texas officials walk back their recent suggestion that tens of thousands of non-citizens may have voted in the state since 1996, an announcement that spurred President Donald Trump to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud. The...

China says Australia writer held on national security charge

Jan. 24, 2019 7:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said it has detained a Chinese-Australian writer for allegedly "endangering China's national security," a vague charge frequently leveled at critics of the ruling Communist Party. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying offered no details about the charge against Yang...

AP Exclusive: Adoptee deported by US sues S. Korea, agency

Jan. 23, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Adam Crapser lives in limbo, a stranger in South Korea, the country of his birth. Forcibly separated from his wife, children and friends in America, he is isolated by language and culture, left alone to navigate this sprawling city he's been expelled to four decades after being...