Latest Immigration policy News

Red Cross questions Lithuania on trying to block migrants

Aug. 04, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international law. Lithuania, a member of the European Union, has faced a surge of mostly...

New law will effectively end immigrant detention in Illinois

Aug. 02, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will effectively end immigrant detention and further restrict local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Monday. The new law targets local government...

Illegal border crossings into Lithuania pass 3,000

Jul. 28, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania's border guard service said it detained 171 people caught illegally crossing from Belarus into Lithuania on Tuesday night, the largest number in a single day in 2021 and bringing the total number of migrants detained so far this year to 3,027. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 26, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. July 22, 2021. Editorial: State leaders join bullying of trans kids When considering who should be off-limits from harm done by lawmakers, children should rise to the top of the list, yet Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP’s...

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Jul. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman's last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care...

CDC exempts unaccompanied migrant children from deportation

Jul. 16, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Unaccompanied migrant children will be exempt from a ban on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border, federal health officials ordered Friday. The order by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a temporary exception it had ordered...

US border encounters of migrant families rise despite heat

Jul. 16, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. officials say the number of migrant families they encountered at the border in June increased by 25% from the previous month even as summer temperatures rise in the deserts and mountain terrain of the southwestern borderlands. According to new...

Garland lets immigration judges put off deportation cases

Jul. 15, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland tossed a Trump administration policy Thursday that barred immigration judges from putting off the deportation cases of immigrants waiting on green cards and visas. Garland overruled a decision by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions...

Officials: Feds not alerting Tennessee about migrant kids

Jul. 13, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government will not alert Tennessee when unaccompanied migrant children are brought to the state to be placed with sponsors, officials with Gov. Bill Lee's administration told lawmakers on Tuesday. Brandon Gibson, Lee's chief...

Democrats eye immigration action in budget, but outlook hazy

Jul. 13, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and immigration advocates are staring at their best chance in years to overcome Republican opposition and give millions of people in the U.S. without legal authorization a way to become citizens. Their goal is to stuff the...