US will train dozens of border agents to screen for asylum

U.S. 05/08/19, 18:21

Immigration officials will train dozens of U.S. border patrol agents to start screening immigrants arriving on the southwest border for asylum amid a surge in the number of families seeking the protection, a government official said Wednesday. L. Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said his agency will ...

Chief praises slain officer, scolds California lawmakers

California 05/06/19, 23:31

A police chief briefly scolded California lawmakers Monday for "making it more difficult for us" as he honored an officer whose slaying entered the national debate over immigration last year. Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson spoke while praising Cpl. Ronil Singh, who immigrated from Fiji and was fatally shot early Dec. ...

Texas ‘Uncaged Art’ displays work from teen immigrants

Texas 05/04/19, 11:46

Artwork created by teenage immigrants who were held in a now-dismantled West Texas tent city portrays their longing for freedom and comforting places, a curator said. The fundamental theme in the "Uncaged Art" exhibition is the Quetzal bird and its colorful plumage, The Dallas Morning News reported. David Romo, an El ...

Alarmed states work to avoid vast undercount in 2020 census

U.S. 05/02/19, 11:03

In a squat office building not far from downtown, Esperanza Guevara is getting ready to look for people who might not want to be found. And her job could get a lot harder. The immigrant-rights activist is leading a drive to reach tens of thousands of people who entered the United ...

Florida House passes bill to ban sanctuary cities

U.S. 04/25/19, 07:52

The Florida House has finally passed a bill to ban sanctuary cities from the state, the Washington Examiner reported. The Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 24, voted 69-47 for the bill that would mandate local law enforcement agencies support federal authorities in identifying illegal immigrants. The legislation requires local authorities ...

Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

U.S. 04/21/19, 06:31

Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship status appears ...

Arkansas governor to sign anti-‘sanctuary cities’ bill

U.S. 04/10/19, 21:56

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he'll sign legislation cutting off funding to "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities despite the Republican's objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling. The governor announced he would sign the measure, which would also prevent cities from blocking ...

Trump says census ‘meaningless’ without citizenship ask

Politics 04/01/19, 08:59

President Donald Trump is claiming the 2020 census will be "meaningless" if it doesn't include a citizenship question. In a tweet Monday, Trump is blaming "Radical Left Democrats" for opposing the "all important" question. The Trump administration moved to add the question to the 2020 census. But it's faced opposition from ...

O’Rourke in Nevada praises immigrants, calls for legal pot

2022 Campaign 03/23/19, 23:53

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke drew parallels between Las Vegas and his hometown of El Paso, Texas, on Saturday night as he praised the role immigrants play in the U.S. and called for legalizing marijuana, as Nevada has done, in his first visit to the state. The former Texas congressman, sometimes ...

Gillibrand seeks to improve asylum process for immigrants

2022 Campaign 03/21/19, 19:55

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is pitching her ideas to improve the asylum process for immigrants while touring a law clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that helps unaccompanied immigrant children. The senator from New York kicked off her first presidential campaign trip to Nevada on Thursday by taking ...

Trump administration is reverting to ‘Catch and Release.’ Congress is to blame.

Opinion 03/21/19, 18:31

Recent reports have surfaced, citing government officials, that border officials will no longer refer detained immigrant families to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Instead, due to constrained resources, they will “begin releasing hundreds of families caught each day in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.” As a result, tens of thousands will join the ranks ...

Gillibrand: Social security, pathway to citizenship should be rights

2022 Campaign 03/21/19, 08:57

Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 hopeful, said social security and a pathway to citizenship should be rights for immigrants “in the country now” Tuesday at a campaign event in Iowa. “I have a lot of ideas,” Gillibrand said. “First, we need comprehensive immigration reform. If you are in this ...

Police say immigrant suspect killed for drugs

U.S. 03/21/19, 00:31

A detective says a Salvadoran immigrant charged with four Nevada murders told police he robbed and killed his elderly victims during a 10-day rampage in January because he needed money to buy methamphetamine. The detective told the grand jury, which indicted Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman in Reno last week, the 20-year-old who ...

Second US judge calls citizenship question on census illegal

U.S. 03/06/19, 21:16

The Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census "threatens the very foundation of our democratic system" because it would cause a significant undercount of immigrants and Latinos that could distort the distribution of congressional seats, a U.S. judge said Wednesday. Judge Richard Seeborg said the commerce ...

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