Latest Immigration News

Manchin says he wouldn't defy parliamentarian on immigration

Dec. 09, 2021 00:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he'd vote to uphold the Senate parliamentarian's decision if she rules that immigration or other provisions should fall from Democrats’ huge social and environment bill, underscoring the party's uphill fight to keep some top priorities...

Soldier sentenced for visa fraud, false statements

Dec. 08, 2021 12:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A soldier who was involved in a sham marriage with a U.S. citizen was sentenced on Tuesday to time served in prison, a U.S. Attorney’s office said. Maryam Movsum Hasanova, 35, pleaded guilty in October to one count of visa fraud. She was also ordered to be...

'Amazing feeling.' 1st Somali mayor in US shares her vision

Dec. 08, 2021 10:24 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Deqa Dhalac is the first Somali immigrant to become the mayor of a U.S. city, but she describes her rise in local politics as very old fashioned. Dhalac, 53, became mayor of South Portland, the fourth largest city in Maine, on Monday. She fled Somalia in the...

Maryland lawmakers override immigrant detention bill veto

Dec. 07, 2021 21:09 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly voted Tuesday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that bans local jails from being paid by the federal government to detain people on immigration matters in Maryland. Separately, the House approved a new congressional map in a...

Ducey blasts Biden administration as border crossings rise

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey demanded Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s administration do more to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as local officials in Yuma report an increase in asylum-seekers crossing into southwestern Arizona. As Ducey and local officials spoke...

Desperation drives thousands of Afghans a day across borders

Dec. 07, 2021 02:33 AM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Over the course of an hour on a recent night, the bus waiting in the Herat station filled with passengers. Mostly young men, they had no luggage, just the clothes on their backs, maybe a bag with some bread and water for the long road ahead of them. That...

New York City poised to give voting rights to noncitizens

Dec. 07, 2021 01:14 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City, long a beacon for immigrants, is on the cusp of becoming the largest places in the country to give noncitizens the right to vote in local elections. Legally documented, voting-age noncitizens comprise nearly one in nine of the city's 7 million...

EXPLAINER: What is the revived US policy on Mexico border?

Dec. 06, 2021 17:34 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday reinstated a Trump-era policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, seeking to comply with a court order and agreeing to changes and additions demanded by Mexico. It began in El Paso, Texas,...

Maryland lawmakers convene for redistricting session

Dec. 06, 2021 16:37 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new congressional map that could enable Democrats to gain a seat and sweep all eight Maryland U.S. House seats was advanced Monday by a legislative committee, which did not act on a separate proposal by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. The committee's 18-6 vote...

Dominican Republic expels, mistreats Haitians, activists say

Dec. 06, 2021 10:25 AM EST

DAJABON, Dominican Republic (AP) — Bien-Aimé St. Clair frowned as the stream of older Haitian migrants pushed past him. Accused of living in the Dominican Republic illegally, they knew they had no choice but to go back across the border to Haiti. But St. Clair, 18, hesitated. He...