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Nation Aug 23Today’s immigration debate rooted in ‘Reagan amnesty,’ experts say
Whatever specific policies are being fought over now, immigration experts say the problem took root at least 30 years ago, when President Ronald Reagan signed a 1986 immigration law that has become known as the "Reagan Amnesty" and allowed roughly…
Nation Aug 11U.S. government won’t reclassify marijuana, but allows more research
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will keep marijuana on the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalization, but will allow more research into its possible medical benefits, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday.
Politics Jun 13Fact-checking Trump and Clinton on combatting terrorism in the U.S.
Donald Trump's speech Monday painted a picture of a nation overrun by terrorists and with cowed leaders doing little to keep them out. The reality is far more complex. Clinton, too, spoke about how to fight the terrorist issue, but…
Politics May 24Despite the TSA shake-up, long airport security lines likely to continue
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has ousted its head of security operations, but long checkpoint lines already pervading the busy summer travel season are likely to continue.
Politics May 23Head of TSA security operations removed from position
WASHINGTON — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced.
Nation Mar 18Homeland Security using unpopular raids to curb border crossings
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families.
Nation Jan 22How do the new U.S. visa rules work?
The Obama administration is tightening travel restrictions on Europeans and others who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years.
World Jan 21Updated: U.S. announces plan for new visa rules for some Europeans
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is easing new visa requirements for certain European travelers who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years, a move certain to anger some in Congress who pushed for new travel…
Nation Dec 15U.S. looks to add social media accounts as part of vetting process for visa applicants
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are working on legislation to ensure a person’s online presence is reviewed as part of the vetting process for a visa to enter the United States. The goal is to close security gaps that didn’t pick up…
Nation Dec 08U.S. reviewing fiancé visa program after San Bernardino shooting
WASHINGTON — Tashfeen Malik, the wife accused in the California shootings, was one of just 519 Pakistanis allowed into the country last year specifically to marry a U.S. citizen.