Latest Immigration policy News

Utah to be latest state to allow 'Dreamers' to practice law

Dec. 9, 2019 7:29 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is set to become the latest state to allow immigrant “”Dreamers"" to practice law under a proposed rule issued Monday by the Utah Supreme Court. The rule came after a request last year by two women who earned law degrees from Utah universities but couldn't practice...

Lawsuit challenges speedy reviews of asylum claims

Dec. 6, 2019 7:40 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new effort to speed up initial reviews of asylum claims to within three days denies asylum-seekers rights to consult attorneys, according to the latest legal challenge to the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies and practices. The federal lawsuit filed in Washington,...

Reporter freed from immigration custody settles lawsuits

Dec. 6, 2019 11:40 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who spent 15 months in immigration detention following his arrest during a protest has reached a legal settlement in a lawsuit against two governments in Memphis, Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal reports that the Shelby County government has paid Manuel...

Georgia city urged to reject migrant children shelter

Dec. 6, 2019 8:08 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia pastor trying to open a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in federal custody is getting pushback from people in an Atlanta suburb who call his efforts morally offensive. Six people urged the city of Marietta to deny the shelter proposed by Mitchell Bryant, according...

Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Dec. 5, 2019 11:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration's treatment of...

New Mexico county ends federal immigration holds at jail

Dec. 5, 2019 9:57 AM EST

HOBBS, N.M (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico county is no longer cooperating with federal immigration authorities on inmates held at its jail. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County Detention Center now is requiring more than a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, or ICE hold, for inmates...

ICE: Protest at Louisiana jail ends after pepper spray used

Dec. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officers inside one of its Louisiana jails pepper-sprayed migrants to end their protest over prolonged detention. Spokesman Bryan Cox said Wednesday that “a brief, calculated use of pepper spray was employed” during a Tuesday...

Migrant group says farmworker detention violated policy

Dec. 3, 2019 10:42 AM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont farmworker advocacy group says a sheriff’s deputy violated his department’s fair and impartial policing policy when he detained a farmworker and called federal immigration authorities. Migrant Justice says the farmworker, 21-year-old Luis Ulloa, a...

Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

Dec. 2, 2019 9:29 AM EST

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually give up...

Case backlog grows in Minnesota’s immigration court

Nov. 30, 2019 3:47 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Pending immigration cases have increased 70 percent since last year in Minnesota’s Bloomington federal immigration court, according to recently released data from Syracuse University. The court handles cases from North Dakota and South Dakota in addition to Minnesota....