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A man displays the Hong Kong colonial flag on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

Jul. 1, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law in...

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 photo, U.S. District Judge Laurie Michelson, left, administers the Aath of Citizenship to Hala Baqtar during a drive-thru naturalization service in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on Detroit's east side. The ceremony is a way to continue working as the federal courthouse is shut down due to Coronavirus. The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens but the oath ceremonies aren't the same because of COVID-19 and a budget crisis at the citizenship agency threatens to stall them again.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drive-up US citizenship eases backlog, but new threat looms

Jun. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-year-old U.K. citizen drove into a Detroit parking garage on a recent afternoon, lowered the window of her SUV to swear an oath, and left as a newly minted American. It took less than 30 minutes. Anita Rosenberger is among thousands of people around the country who have taken the...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2007, file photo, Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, speaks about the historic launch of Sputnik I in the Alder planetarium's exhibit in Chicago, Ill. Khrushchev died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at his home in Cranston, Rhode Island. He was 84. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet leader, dies at US home

Jun. 24, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Sergei Khrushchev, the son of late Cold War-era Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, has died at his Rhode Island home, authorities said. He was 84. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the...

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Trump says he will renew effort to end DACA protections

Jun. 19, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will renew his effort to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as children. Trump denounced a Supreme Court ruling that the administration improperly ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient Roberto Martinez, left, celebrates with other DACA recipients in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Young immigrants land court win but still face uncertainty

Jun. 19, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld legal protections for young immigrants, but President Donald Trump could still take away the ability for hundreds of thousands of them to live and work legally in the United States. With no legislative answer in sight, that means the uncertainty of the last...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients listen to speakers during a news conference in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the DACA program Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Phoenix. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled President Donald Trump improperly ended the program that protects immigrants brought to the country as children and allows them to legally work, keeping the people enrolled in DACA. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

AP Explains: US Supreme Court ruling on DACA program

Jun. 18, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the program that protects immigrants who were brought to the country as children and allows them to work. The court on Thursday ruled President Donald Trump didn't properly end the program, which then-President Barack Obama created in 2012. Trump attempted...

This undated photo provided by Immigration Equality shows Roee, left, and Adiel Kiviti, right, with their children newborn, Kessem and older brother Lev. A federal judge has ruled that the State Department must recognize that the daughter of the gay couple in Maryland has been a U.S. citizen since her birth in Canada via a surrogate last year. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang's order on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 rejects the State Department’s position that the child was born out of wedlock because one of her married parents is not her biological parent. (Courtesy of Adiel and Roee Kiviti/Immigration Equality via AP)

Judge: Gay couple's child was US citizen at birth in Canada

Jun. 17, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the State Department must recognize that the daughter of a gay couple in Maryland has been a U.S. citizen since her birth in Canada via a surrogate last year. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang rejected the State Department’s position...

German court: US woman wrongly denied German citizenship

Jun. 17, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court said Wednesday it has ruled that an American woman whose Jewish father fled Nazi Germany was wrongly denied German citizenship because she was born out of wedlock. The German constitution provides for people whose citizenship was revoked by the Nazis between 1933 and...

Suit seeks immediate citizenship for those waiting on oath

Jun. 11, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scores of people waiting to recite the oath of citizenship — the final step in the citizenship process — should be naturalized immediately so that they have time to register to vote this fall, immigrant rights groups argued in a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia federal court...

In this Sept. 19, 2017, photo, Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last British governor, listens to questions at The Foreign Correspondents' Club to promote his new book in Hong Kong. Patten, is urging protesters in Hong Kong not to “lose faith” as Beijing appears to be tightening its control of the semi-autonomous city. The former British colony was returned to China under a “one country, two systems” framework that gives it greater freedoms. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong's last British leader: China's agenda 'Orwellian'

Jun. 5, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The last British governor of Hong Kong criticized the Chinese government on Friday over proposed national security legislation, calling it part of an “Orwellian" drive to eliminate opposition in violation of the agreement on handing the territory over to Beijing. Chris Patten...