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AP Explains: Immigrant entry exams had puzzles, delousing

May. 20, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump announced last week a wide-ranging immigration plan that would change how certain immigrants would be allowed in the U.S. His proposal includes a civics test for entrance that some critics say could exclude many high-skilled immigrants. Other critics called...

Would-be NYC bomber gets 10 years in foiled al-Qaida plot

May. 2, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who plotted to bomb New York City's subways, then switched sides after his arrest and spent nearly a decade helping the U.S. identify and prosecute terrorists, was rewarded for his help Thursday with a sentence of 10 years in prison, effectively time he has already served. Najibullah...

Texas settles lawsuit over bungled search for illegal votes

Apr. 26, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials announced Friday that they settled a lawsuit over a bungled search for ineligible voters that President Donald Trump stoked over Twitter but that resulted in the U.S. citizenship of thousands of people being wrongly called into question. The agreement officially ends a...

Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

Apr. 21, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship...

US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship

Apr. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado,...

Santana becomes US citizen before Braves, Indians postponed

Apr. 19, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana's joyful smile. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention. Afterward, Santana beamed with pride. "Thanks, Cleveland, for...

The Latest: US sanctions on Venezuelan bank aimed at Maduro

Apr. 17, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's position on Cuba (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. says it's imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Venezuela. The Trump administration says the bank has been instrumental in propping up the government of Venezuela's president, Nicolas...

Santana's 'sweet home' run gives Indians 3-2 win over Jays

Apr. 5, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana touched the plate and was swept up in the arms of his teammates. This was no ordinary home run. This one meant so much more. Days after passing a test to become a U.S. citizen, Santana homered with one out in the ninth inning and made a familiar trot around the bases,...

El Salvador trip holds family connection for governor's aide

Apr. 5, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is traveling to El Salvador to learn firsthand what is prompting thousands of people to leave and seek new lives in the United States. Joining him is an aide whose father made the same journey to the U.S. nearly 40 years ago . Jesse Melgar is the lead...

Some legal immigrants in marijuana jobs denied citizenship

Apr. 4, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials are warning legal immigrants that working in the state's marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, after two people said they were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs. Although 10 states broadly allow its use and sale, federal law still bans...