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Nation Jul 28Trump administration will not accept new DACA applications
The move Tuesday is a defiant stance after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to let the administration end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Health Jul 19How the coronavirus spread through one immigration facility
Gregory Arnold walked into the warden’s office April 1 as the novel coronavirus ripped through one of the largest immigration detention centers in the United States. Waiting with about 40 guards to begin his shift, he heard a captain say…
Nation Jul 10Border authorities use pandemic powers to expel immigrants
Because of the coronavirus, U.S. authorities wield extraordinary power to immediately expel Mexicans and Central Americans to Mexico, waiving laws that include rights to seek asylum. A father and 9-year-old son were whisked back to Mexico when encountered in San…
Politics Jun 22Trump administration extends visa ban to non-immigrants
The ban on new visas applies to H-1B visas, which are used by major American technology companies, and their immediate families, H-2B visas for nonagricultural seasonal workers, J-1 visas for exchange students and L-1 visas for managers of multinational corporations.
Politics May 01Trump administration suspends ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum hearings
The Trump administration has suspended immigration court hearings for asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico through June 1, bowing to coronavirus concerns.
Health Mar 20Virus prompts U.S. and Mexico to restrict border travel
Both countries and Canada also agreed to immediately turn back anyone trying to cross their borders illegally, with U.S. officials saying that the unchecked entry of people from around the world poses a potential health risk because of the rapidly…
Nation Mar 17Trump mulls sending all who cross border illegally to Mexico
Two administration officials said Tuesday that the president has the power to take such action during a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak but is still considering whether to do so.
Nation Feb 28Court blocks Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Friday in a 2-1 vote to put on hold the policy that furthered President Donald Trump’s asylum crackdown. Nearly 60,000 people have been sent back since…
Nation Feb 18Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall
The acting Homeland Security secretary, Chad Wolf, is exercising authority under a 2005 law that gives him sweeping powers to waive laws for building border barriers.
Nation Oct 25Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count
U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than…