Latest Immigration policy News

Officials: Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana

Oct. 16, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Cuban man who legally sought asylum died by apparent suicide while being detained at an immigration jail in Louisiana, authorities said Wednesday. Roylan Hernandez Diaz, 43, was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon inside his cell at the Richwood Correctional Center, according to U.S....

High court weighs state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 16, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was seeking to...

Group plans to "occupy" Statehouse for immigration protest

Oct. 16, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group protesting federal immigration policies is planning to "occupy" Rhode Island's Statehouse on Thursday, after a months-long effort to get a detention facility closed. Former Democratic state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, who helps lead Never Again Action Rhode Island, said he's...

Judge in Chicago latest to block Trump green cards policy

Oct. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago had joined three others nationwide in temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits. Judge Gary Feinerman granted a temporary injunction Monday night blocking...

ICE office opening in Maine draws protests from activists

Oct. 14, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The opening of a new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Maine has prompted demonstrations in protest. The Portland Press Herald reports the news of the agency opening an office in downtown Portland led some activists to protest over the weekend and into Monday. The...

The Latest: Ireland: Brexit talks could go into next week

Oct. 14, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Both Ireland and Spain are starting to say the Brexit negotiations could well spill beyond this week and go right down to the wire at the end of the month. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said late Monday it was "too early to say if it is...

High court to consider state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 14, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could...

California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

Oct. 13, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be...

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down

Oct. 11, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told The Associated Press he was leaving on his own terms...

Judges block green card denials for immigrants on public aid

Oct. 11, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits, dealing a setback to one of the president's most aggressive moves yet to cut legal immigration and make it...