Latest Immigration News

Guatemalan man sought in massacre faces immigration charge

Dec. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Guatemalan man wanted for his role in a massacre of indigenous Guatemalans in the 1980s is being sentenced for illegal reentry into the U.S. Francisco Cuxum Alvarado is slated to be sentenced Friday in Boston federal court after pleading guilty to the charge in September. Cuxum Alvarado,...

Guatemalan cardinal to visit Mississippi after migrant raids

Dec. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Guatemalan cardinal who advocates for migrants will visit Mississippi following immigration raids last summer that prompted 680 arrests. The Rev. Roberto Mena, who pastors some Catholic churches in Mississippi affected by the raids, announced the visit Saturday. Pope Francis...

Panel: Nashville should inform mayor of immigration contacts

Dec. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville panel recommended Friday that the local government's agencies adopt a uniform policy about reporting communications with U.S. immigration authorities to the mayor's office. In a report released Friday, Mayor John Cooper's immigration task force found Nashville's...

Challenge to immigration law is tossed on eve of enactment

Dec. 13, 2019 7:41 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A law that will allow New Yorkers to get driver’s licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally weathered a second court challenge Friday, days before its enactment. A federal district judge ruled against Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, saying he lacked...

Influx of asylum seekers overwhelms Portland, Maine

Dec. 13, 2019 5:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sub-Saharan asylum seekers have overwhelmed a city's ability to house them. Officials in Portland, Maine, have created overflow shelters at the Salvation Army and the YMCA to accommodate nearly 170 people, the Portland Press Herald reports. Most of the asylum seekers are fleeing...

Brazilians arrive in waves at the US-Mexico border

Dec. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he'd be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis. But with hundreds of Brazilians crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, each week, the Motel 6 by the airport has become a stepping stone for...

ICE arrests, deportations declining in Colorado and Wyoming

Dec. 13, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A federal report has shown fewer people in Colorado and Wyoming were arrested or deported this fiscal year for living illegally in the United States compared with last year. The report released Wednesday showed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials removed 3,125 people from the two...

Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants

Dec. 13, 2019 4:28 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A whistleblower report provided to BuzzFeed News alleges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care” to detained migrants, leading to complications that included the removal of part of an 8-year-old boy's...

A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

Dec. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SANTA ANA, El Salvador (AP) — María Teresa Carballo was worried. She hadn’t heard from her daughter-in-law since the young woman and her two young children left with a smuggler for the U.S. border a week earlier. The silence was unexpected: Seventeen other members of Carballo’s family...

Sen. Reed: Defense bill will help 4,000 Liberian immigrants

Dec. 13, 2019 10:46 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A provision in the nation's annual defense policy bill would extend the protected immigration status for thousands of Liberians, according to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed. The Rhode Island Democrat said Thursday the National Defense Authorization Act includes his provision to allow eligible...