Latest Immigration policy News

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

Aug. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end an agreement limiting how long migrant children can be kept in detention, the president's latest effort to curb immigration at the Mexican border. A court fight is almost certain to follow, challenging the attempt to hold migrant families until...

North Carolina governor quickly vetoes immigration bill

Aug. 21, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday vetoed legislation requiring North Carolina sheriffs to recognize requests by federal immigration agents to hold jail inmates believed to be in the country illegally, calling the bill unconstitutional and politically motivated. The veto came a...

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Aug. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law aimed at creating protections for immigrants who rent in Illinois. The law prohibits landlords from evicting or retaliating against tenants based on their immigration status. Landlords are also barred from disclosing or threatening to disclose immigration...

Connecticut estimates 200,000 impacted by immigration change

Aug. 21, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials on Wednesday estimated as many as 200,000 residents, including tens of thousands of children on a public health care program, could be impacted by sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps...

Trump revives suggestion he'd end birthright citizenship

Aug. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was looking "very seriously" at ending the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil. Trump spoke to reporters as he departed the White House for a speech in Louisville, Kentucky. He said birthright citizenship was...

Inquiry ongoing after truck drives into immigration protest

Aug. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The criminal investigation into the prison guard who apparently drove his truck through a group protesting federal immigration policies should be finished in the coming weeks, Rhode Island's attorney general said Wednesday. Peter Neronha, a Democrat, said during a press conference...

Portland's new legal aid program helps nearly 450 immigrants

Aug. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A free legal assistance program for immigrants in Portland, Oregon, has provided about 450 immigrants and asylum-seekers with lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings in its first year and now has additional support from the state. The program called Universal Reception...

DC enacts emergency regulations to stop migrant kids shelter

Aug. 21, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has enacted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there. The Washington Post reports the regulations by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's administration were adopted Friday and prohibit licensing facilities housing...

Immigration bill focusing on sheriffs heading to governor

Aug. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a measure directing all sheriffs comply with requests by federal immigration agents to hold inmates they believe are in the country unlawfully. The measure responds to a handful of dissenting sheriffs —...

New York, 2 other states sue over Trump immigration rule

Aug. 20, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. The states and city join a growing list...