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Sentencing set for immigrant advocate convicted in tax case

Feb. 20, 2019 10:55 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Sentencing is scheduled Wednesday for a longtime advocate for immigrants in Arizona who pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from his tax preparation business. Elias Bermudez faces up to two years in prison after acknowledging that he falsely added dependents — including three...

Michigan Gov. Whitmer blocks immigrant detention plan

Feb. 19, 2019 10:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blocked the sale of a former state prison that was proposed as the site of a privately operated federal immigration detention center, drawing praise from immigrant rights activists and criticism Tuesday from a Republican lawmaker whose district stood...

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency

Feb. 19, 2019 9:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he expected to do "very well" against the suit, adding that he had an...

The Latest: California governor accuses Trump of retribution

Feb. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration calling for California to return federal money from its high-speed rail project (all times local): 4:35 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration is engaging in "political retribution" by trying to take back $3.5 billion...

Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants

Feb. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EST

Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers called for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike. Reporting by The Associated Press revealed late last month that nine Indian men who were refusing...

Murkowski worries about precedent with emergency declaration

Feb. 19, 2019 6:57 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday said she worries about the precedent that could be set from President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure more money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Alaska Republican did not explicitly say whether she would...

Lawmakers tour Florida migrant teen camp, want policy shift

Feb. 19, 2019 6:16 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Congressional Democrats from Florida and Texas on Tuesday toured a migrant camp, where they said children are being held for too long in a place that has a "prison-like" feeling. The lawmakers held a news conference after visiting a facility in Homestead, Florida. They pledged to...

'Sanctuary cities' bill moves forward in Florida legislature

Feb. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would require Florida law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws and ban so-called sanctuary policies received its first approval Tuesday over the protests of immigrant advocates. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, the...

O'Rourke won't rule out being vice presidential candidate

Feb. 19, 2019 5:33 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate — even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the presidency. Answering a question in Spanish about the possibility of being another candidate's running mate, the...

Minnesota joins lawsuit to block Trump's national emergency

Feb. 19, 2019 4:21 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has joined with 15 other states in suing to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to fund his proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Attorney General Keith Ellison says the plan to divert funds is illegal and unconstitutional. He says federal...