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Trump offers temporary 'Dreamers' deal for border wall

Jan. 19, 2019 11:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the move as...

Trump celebrates new citizens in Oval Office ceremony

Jan. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome "the five newest members of our great American family" during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office. In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and ended...

Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia

Jan. 11, 2019 8:36 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot. Start with the flag stitched onto his golf bag. And when he stepped to the first tee Thursday, he heard words never uttered on the PGA Tour. "From Bratislava, Slovakia, Rory...

Trump says changes coming in US handling of high-tech visas

Jan. 11, 2019 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promised changes in the way the U.S. handles temporary visas that allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. In a tweet, Trump said those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can "rest assured" because changes were...

Timeline: Life and death of ex-Nazi guard deported from US

Jan. 10, 2019 8:50 PM EST

Major events in the life of Jakiw Palij, the 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who was deported to Germany last August after living quietly in the U.S. for decades. Local media reported he died on Wednesday at a care home in Ahlen. ___ EARLY LIFE AND NAZI SERVICE —Aug. 16, 1923: Born in...

Virtual wall grows as Trump border fight threatens shutdown

Dec. 21, 2018 12:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he's willing to shut down the government to make good on his promise for a border wall. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration, one of the...

Denmark requires new citizens to shake hands at ceremony

Dec. 21, 2018 4:58 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has adopted a law requiring anyone who becomes a Danish citizen to shake hands at the naturalization ceremony. The move is widely seen as aimed at some Muslims who for religious reasons decline to touch members of the opposite sex. In a 55-23 vote with 30 lawmakers...

Japan OKs divisive bill allowing more foreign workers

Dec. 7, 2018 11:59 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese lawmakers early Saturday approved government-proposed legislation allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders. The contentious legislation passed only months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed the...

US woman pleads guilty to bitcoin ploy aiding Islamic State

Nov. 26, 2018 6:32 PM EST

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Pakistani-born New York woman has acknowledged her role in defrauding numerous financial institutions in a bitcoin scheme to help the Islamic State group. Prosecutors say Zoobia Shahnaz, a naturalized U.S. citizen living on Long Island, pleaded guilty in federal court in...