George W. Bush welcomes new US citizens at Texas ceremony
Former President George W. Bush welcomed new U.S. citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony in Dallas, saying that "amid all the complications of policy, may we never forget that immigration is a blessing and a strength." Bush and former first lady Laura Bush spoke to the around 50 candidates for naturalization ...
Policy shift means uneasy wait in Mexico for asylum seekers
More asylum seekers are being forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through clogged U.S. immigration court. The Trump administration introduced the major policy change in January amid a surge of families from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arriving at the Mexico border. Some who are waiting in Mexico struggle ...
EU faces security challenges in migration control
Units formed in Sahel countries to counter human trafficking, terror gangs
Visual exploration of who African Americans are
Art exhibit investigates the identity of the descendants of Africans brought to America
Woman in immigration custody gives birth to stillborn baby
Immigration officials say a 24-year-old woman delivered a stillborn baby while in custody last week. They say the Honduran woman was about six months pregnant when she went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn boy on Friday after having been hospitalized but cleared for release a day earlier. She had ...
Worker visas in doubt as Trump immigration crackdown widens
Immigrants with specialized skills are being denied work visas or seeing applications get caught up in lengthy bureaucratic tangles under federal changes that some consider a contradiction to President Donald Trump's promise of a continued pathway to the U.S. for the most talented foreigners. Getting what's known as an H-1B visa ...
Advocates say US still separates migrant families needlessly
Advocates and members of Congress are questioning the treatment of children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border with relatives other than their parents. The Texas Civil Rights Project released a report Thursday that counts 272 separations at a single Texas courthouse since June, when President Donald Trump issued an executive order that ...
Driver’s licenses for undocumented: benefit for some or all?
More than a million undocumented immigrants may soon be able to obtain a driver's license or ID card in the US
Immigration key battleground in upcoming Australian election
Australian government accused of grubby politics as election nears
New rules for handling child bride petitions
The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing requests to bring minor spouses to the United States. That word comes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that considers whether to approve such requests. The Associated Press reported last month that thousands of requests by men to bring ...
Immigration spending pact has more than a border wall
A compromise on border and immigration enforcement cleared the Senate on Thursday, giving President Donald Trump just a sliver of the money he wanted for his border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill and then declare a national emergency to try to shift money to wall-building ...
US congresswoman talks to VOA about African refugees
A number of Africans from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Liberia have received Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)
White House: Here is where American voters stand on immigration
Last week, President Donald J. Trump made an appeal for bipartisanship to solve America’s immigration crisis. The reason is simple: Ordinary Americans across the political spectrum want to see illegal immigration addressed. The people fighting hardest to preserve the horrible status quo are entrenched interests in Washington. This time must be different. President ...
White House challenges Democrats to prove they want border security
Clock ticking on three-week negotiation period after longest-ever government shutdown ends
Nervous neighbors await information about 4 Nevada killings
Nervous neighbors were burning lights at night in a northern Nevada community where Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken were killed this month in slayings that authorities blame on a 19-year-old from El Salvador said to be in the U.S. illegally. Residents also were on edge about an hour's drive north, where ...
US approved thousands of child bride requests
Data obtained by The Associated Press shows thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The approvals are legal. The Immigration and ...
The ironies of illegal immigration
Estimates suggest that there are 11 million to 13 million Mexican citizens currently living in the United States illegally. Millions more emigrated previously and are now U.S. citizens. A recent poll revealed that one-third of Mexicans (34 percent) would like to emigrate to the United States. With Mexico having a population ...
Haiti’s recovery from 2010 quake at forefront of TPS immigration trial
Case centers around special status granted to roughly 50,000 people from Haiti to live and work in US temporarily after 2010 earthquake
Impact on US government widens on 18th day of shutdown
Shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, is the 19th since the mid-1970s and now ranks as second-longest
Immigration by the numbers
With immigration being the linchpin issue the government shutdown centers on, let's take a look at immigration by the numbers and try and sort through the accusations that President Trump is exaggerating the need for a border wall. Understanding immigration as it exists—the different ways to enter the United States—and the ...
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