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Cubans complain about US visa restrictions

Mar. 18, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cubans have had widespread access to social media for just a few months, and they embraced it on Monday to bombard U.S. diplomats in Havana with complaints about new visa restrictions. More than 400 Cubans sent comments to the Facebook page of The U.S. Embassy in Havana, largely to complain...

US eliminates coveted 5-year tourist visa for Cubans

Mar. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is eliminating a coveted five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and Cuban members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy precious supplies for their businesses on the...

Last remaining US diplomats leave Venezuela

Mar. 14, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The last remaining American diplomats in Venezuela left the country on Thursday, amid deteriorating ties between Washington and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "I know it is a difficult moment for them," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said of the departing diplomats. He...

India, Pakistan officials meet to discuss border opening

Mar. 14, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Officials from India and Pakistan met Thursday amid easing tensions to discuss opening a visa-free border crossing to allow pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan. A Pakistani delegation crossed over to the Indian side of the land border at Wagah-Attari for the talks....

Border agency watchdog looking into caravan database

Mar. 7, 2019 6:48 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. government kept a database on journalists, activists, organizers and "instigators" during an investigation into last year's migrant caravan, infuriating civil liberties and media groups who called it a blatant violation of free speech rights. U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

Star of immigration film says detention feels like reprisal

Mar. 6, 2019 2:16 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — An Argentine immigrant said his most recent detention feels like retaliation for starring in a new award-winning documentary about a group that infiltrated a for-profit detention center to expose injustices. Claudio Rojas called The Associated Press on Tuesday from an immigrant detention...

Immigration documentary's protagonist faces deportation

Mar. 4, 2019 9:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The protagonist of an award-winning documentary chronicling the plight of immigrants held at a for-profit facility was supposed to be celebrating at a film premiere in Miami. Instead, Claudio Rojas is back at another immigration detention facility's cell, facing deportation. Sandy Pineda, his...

Worker visas in doubt as Trump immigration crackdown widens

Feb. 25, 2019 4:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants with specialized skills are being denied work visas or seeing applications get caught up in lengthy bureaucratic tangles under federal changes that some consider a contradiction to President Donald Trump's promise of a continued pathway to the U.S. for the most talented...

The Latest: Lawyer says woman who joined IS a US citizen

Feb. 21, 2019 12:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria and now wants to return to the U.S. with her child (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has...

US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen

Feb. 20, 2019 8:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won't be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim. In a brief statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...