Latest Illegal immigration News

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

Jul. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion...

Sen. Blumenthal introduces legislation to stop ICE sweeps

Jul. 12, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced new legislation to prevent immigration officers from deporting people living in the country illegally as immigration arrests are expected to start Sunday. The new legislation aims to hold the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Italian court says wrong Eritrean accused of trafficking

Jul. 12, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A court in Palermo, Sicily, ruled Friday that the wrong Eritrean man was arrested and tried as a migrant smuggling kingpin and ordered him released from jail, a ruling cheered by supporters who had for years championed his claim of mistaken identity. Defense lawyer Michele Calantropo told The...

The Latest: Powell says tariffs, immigration slow housing

Jul. 11, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's presentation of the Fed's semi-annual monetary report to the Senate Banking Committee. (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says homebuilders are having a harder time building lower-cost housing because...

California OKs benefits to immigrants in country illegally

Jul. 9, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to young adults living in the country illegally. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state's Medicaid program...

Kobach launches US Senate bid in Kansas; some in GOP wary

Jul. 8, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a nationally known advocate of tough immigration policies and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas amid hostility from some Republicans worried that his loss in the governor's race could threaten the party's...

Malta OKs transfer of 65 migrants from German ship to port

Jul. 7, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Malta's government has agreed to help 65 rescued migrants by transferring them from a German-operated rescue boat to a Maltese military vessel that will take them to a Maltese port. Malta announced the decision on Sunday afternoon after talks with the European Commission and the German...

Veteran AP newsman, author Richard Benke dies

Jul. 5, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Veteran journalist and author Richard Benke is being remembered for never wavering from the challenges of chasing a good story and for his dedication to accuracy during a career that spanned decades in newsrooms in California and New Mexico. Benke died June 18 of...

Anti-ICE graffiti spray-painted on Michigan Capitol

Jul. 5, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol. The Detroit News reports someone spray-painted "STOP ICE" on the 140-year-old building early Thursday. It follows similar graffiti directed against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement twice...

Italy judge rules to free captain of migrant rescue boat

Jul. 2, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The sea captain who rammed a police boat while bringing 40 rescued migrants to an Italian port she'd been warned to stay out of must be freed from house arrest, a judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that angered the Italian government minister who had declared the defiant mariner an outlaw....