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After crossing into Guatemala, migrants set sights on Mexico

Jan. 16, 2019 8:40 PM EST

AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala (AP) — More than 1,700 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States. Over 1,700 migrants passed through the Agua Caliente border crossing under the...

Rallies call for release of detained immigration activist

Jan. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Rallies at federal immigration offices across the country Wednesday called for the release of Eduardo Samaniego, an immigration activist from Massachusetts facing deportation. In New York City, Los Angles, Boston, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, small crowds of...

Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws

Jan. 11, 2019 9:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The approvals...

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...

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

Jan. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, moved a step closer Wednesday to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status. The Australian government said it was considering Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for refugee resettlement, in a case that has...

AP FACT CHECK: Visa overstays outpace border crossings

Jan. 3, 2019 7:13 PM EST

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a prospective Democratic presidential contender, made waves with a video ad attacking President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. His claims in the social media ad, seen more than 5 million times since it came out a week ago, are mostly accurate. A look at some of the...

Taiwan seeks Vietnam 'tourists' who left groups on arrival

Jan. 2, 2019 4:36 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese immigration authorities have found 24 Vietnamese and are searching for 124 others who left their tour groups after arriving in December on tourist visas. The National Immigration Agency didn't specify what the Vietnamese were doing but said they had "premeditated an illegal...

Boy whose Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to see him dies

Dec. 29, 2018 8:15 PM EST

LODI, Calif. (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old boy who was separated from his Yemeni mother until she successfully fought the Trump administration's travel ban to see him in the United States laid his body to rest Saturday, a day after the child was taken off life support at a hospital. Under a cloudless...

New scandal around fired Macron aide troubles France

Dec. 28, 2018 10:45 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Alexandre Benalla hasn't finished causing trouble for the French president. Emmanuel Macron's former security aide is again at the heart of a political scandal, just as the president is struggling against yellow vest protests that have undercut his legitimacy at home and abroad. Benalla, 27,...

Yemeni mom overcomes travel ban to finally hold dying son

Dec. 20, 2018 2:30 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Yemeni mother cradled her 2-year-old son in her lap, pressing her face close to his and clasping his hand as a series of tubes kept his small body alive. Shaima Swileh touched the boy for the first time since winning a more than yearlong legal battle to overcome the Trump...