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Nation Oct 30Inspector general report says U.S. turning away asylum-seekers at border is flawed
A report says the head of the Department of Homeland Security contradicted her public statements in 2018 when she ordered border agents to stop asylum-seekers from stepping on U.S. soil at official crossings with Mexico.
Politics Oct 20Trump administration adds criminal disqualifiers to asylum
The rule that takes effect Nov. 20 is the latest in a slew of measures under President Donald Trump to make asylum more difficult to obtain.
Politics Sep 15Democrats to investigate forced surgery claims at Georgia detention center
In a complaint filed Monday, a nurse alleges that the Irwin County Detention Center performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records.
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.