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Nov 22, 2017

Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. While he knew the significance of the protection he received under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, he had one problem: he didn’t […]

Jul 19, 2017

Justices allow strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but at the same time is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S. The justices acted Wednesday on the administration’s appeal […]

Jul 6, 2017

Justice Dept questions cities’ immigration info sharing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday questioned whether some so-called sanctuary cities responded honestly when asked whether they follow the law on sharing the citizenship status of people in their custody with federal immigration authorities. In a strongly worded statement, the department said some of the 10 jurisdictions under scrutiny insist they are […]

Jun 30, 2017

Lawyer: San Francisco to pay $190K for sanctuary violation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man from El Salvador in the U.S. illegally who sued San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities in violation of the city’s sanctuary law is set to be awarded $190,000, his attorney said Thursday. Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, reached the settlement agreement with the city attorney’s office, said […]

Jun 22, 2017

Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the government’s ability to strip U.S. citizenship from immigrants for lying during the naturalization process. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of an ethnic Serb from Bosnia who lied about her husband’s military service. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that false statements can lead […]

May 23, 2017

Sessions memo defines sanctuary cities – and hints that the definition may widen

The nation’s top prosecutor on Monday offered the government’s first official definition of “sanctuary cities” and acknowledged that President Trump’s power to revoke their federal funding is far more limited than he had threatened. In a memo addressing grants issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, Attorney General Jeff Sessions [[...]

May 9, 2017

Va. firm faces probes over immigrant bail practices

Investigators in at least two states are examining the business practices of a Virginia-based company accused of preying on detained undocumented immigrants, officials say. Libre by Nexus helps post bonds for people being held in immigration detention centers while they wait for their cases to be heard in backlogged courts. In exchange for their freedom, […]

May 8, 2017

Texas stokes immigration debate with ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas charged to the forefront of the national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents. The new […]

May 8, 2017

Trump’s revised travel ban faces legal challenges in courtrooms on both coasts

President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban faces two major legal tests this month when federal appeals courts on opposite coasts take up challenges to an executive order that the administration says is urgently needed for national security and opponents say discriminates against Muslims. The first hearing comes Monday in Richmond, Virginia. Federal immigration law gives […]

Apr 26, 2017

Judge cites Trump’s words in blocking ‘sanctuary city’ order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump’s own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president’s order to withhold funding […]

Apr 25, 2017

Volunteers usher US immigrants to court to allay their fears

NEW YORK — When Salvadoran immigrant Joselin Marroquin-Torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in New York and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it. “Thank you,” the judge said. “What is your relation to Joselin?” “I am a friend,” replied retired […]

Dec 17, 2015

Lawmakers seek details on vetting for those bound for US

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has checked social media in some capacity in refugee cases and has found, in a small sampling thus far, the information can be ambiguous in screening value and frequently inaccessible to reviewers, a Homeland Security official testified Thursday. Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told members of the […]

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