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US closes Trump-era office for victims of immigrant crime

Jun. 11, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it has dismantled a Trump-era government office to help victims of crimes committed by immigrants, a move that symbolizes President Joe Biden's rejection of former President Donald Trump's repeated efforts to link immigrants to crime. ...

Governor: Texas building new border barrier; no details yet

Jun. 11, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has offered no details on his plans to construct new barriers along the border with Mexico while also launching an aggressive campaign to arrest migrants — moves that set up another clash with the Biden administration over...

Northern New England reps urge US-Canadian border reopening

Jun. 10, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. representatives from Northern New England are urging the Department of Homeland Security to safely reopen the U.S.-Canadian border, noting that Canadian tourists are vital contributors to the region's economy. Canadian tourists spent an...

Haitians in Mexico see bleak choices as they seek protection

Jun. 06, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Adrián is trying to settle in to his third new city since 2016, when his wife was raped and mother was killed in Haiti. He will go anywhere but home. “Why do they send us back to Haiti?” he said outside a cheap Mexican hotel blocks from...

Biden administration to increase pay for airport screeners

Jun. 03, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it is moving to increase the pay and union rights for security screeners at the nation’s airports. The Department of Homeland Security directed the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration to...

US formally ends policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

Jun. 01, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday formally ended a Trump-era immigration policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. A seven-page memo by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas marked the end of...

Advocates in US push new efforts to bring back deportees

May. 29, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Lopez says he feels like a stranger in the place he was born. He's from Guadalajara, Mexico, but his life was in Chicago. After 15 years in the city, he was deported a year ago during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to go back...

The Latest: China reports 16 new confirmed coronavirus cases

May. 28, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

BEIJING — China on Saturday reported 16 new confirmed coronavirus cases including two authorities said were believed to have been acquired locally. The two locally transmitted cases were in Guangdong province in the south, adjacent to Hong Kong, the National Health...

US blocks seafood from Chinese fleet over crew mistreatment

May. 28, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government blocked imports of seafood Friday from the entire fleet of a Chinese company that authorities say forced crew members to work in slave-like conditions that led to the deaths of several Indonesian fishermen last year. Customs and...

Travel numbers climb as Americans hit the road for holiday

May. 28, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

Americans hit the road in near-record numbers at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, as their eagerness to break free from coronavirus confinement overcame higher prices for flights, gasoline and hotels. More than 1.8 million people went through U.S. airports Thursday,...