Latest Immigration policy News

Immigrant families to receive $3.5 million in COVID relief

Jun. 3, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some struggling immigrant families in Connecticut without legal status will receive a share of $3.5 million in public and private money for COVID-19 relief. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that $2.5 million in state-funded grants to landlords will be provided on...

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The Latest: Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame loses N.M. race

Jun. 3, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections (all times EDT): 1:05 a.m. Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has lost her race in the Democratic primary for an open seat representing New Mexico in Congress. Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez overcame six competitors to win her party’s nomination to succeed U.S....

In this photo provided by Cristobal Francisquez, his parents Paulina and Marcos Francisco pose for a photo in front of their house in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2020. They bought the home after years of working in a meatpacking plant and other food processing jobs. (Cristobal Francisquez via AP)

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

May. 26, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant, grueling and increasingly risky work as the...

Polk charity works to stave off hunger for migrant families

May. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Their hands have spent countless hours plucking strawberries, squash and other fruits and vegetables that would eventually end up on the plates and in the stomachs of people they will never meet. As they waited outside their meager homes Wednesday afternoon (May 13), the farmworkers...

Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids

May. 22, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday criticized the Trump administration's handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering the government to give the court detailed information about its efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee on...

Sabres sue US over denial of strength coach's green card

May. 20, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the Buffalo Sabres to secure a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach, the team argued in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday, U.S Citizenship and...

President Donald Trump lets acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf move to the podium to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US extends heightened border enforcement during coronavirus

May. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration policy of quickly expelling most migrants stopped along the border because of the COVID-19 pandemic was indefinitely extended Tuesday, with a top U.S. health official arguing that what had been a short-term order was still needed to protect the country from the...

Death of 74-year-old in immigration jail is seen as suicide

May. 19, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old South Korean man died of apparent suicide at a U.S. immigration detention center after advocates said they unsuccessfully sought his release, citing a high risk of his being infected with the coronavirus. Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday at...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2011 file photo, a marker in Richford, Vt., indicates the official border between the United States and Canada. Five Mexican citizens apprehended May 12, 2020, after illegally entering the U.S. in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Virus rules tighten illegal immigration on northern border

May. 16, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

Five Mexican citizens apprehended this week after illegally entering the United States in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A similar policy by the Canadian government allows the return to the...

In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020 photo, University of Wisconsin Bookstore worker Stephanie Blaser packages GPA honor stoles purchased by UW-Madison graduates at the store's State Street location in Madison, Wis. Although this year's traditional commencement ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the store is shipping caps, gowns and stoles to students now and allowing them to keep the items until a rescheduled event is held. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Rescinded offers, dashed dreams for Wis. college students

May. 16, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Class of 2020 may as well be dubbed the Class of COVID-19. Graduating seniors said an abrupt and socially distanced goodbye to their campuses in March when classes moved online in a matter of days. The pandemic stripped much of the pomp and all of the in-person options from...