Immigration


In Indigenous Colombia, Venezuelan Migration Sparks Conflict Thursday, March 12th, 2020

BY JULIA SYMMES COBB, CASTILLETES, Colombia (Reuters): In the sun-baked scrubland of northern Colombia's remote La Guajira province, a bitter quarrel rages between two neighboring Wayuu indigenous families, one of them seeking refuge from a humanitarian crisis across the border in Venezuela. Their..

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More children face immigration judges through video screens Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

By KATE BRUMBACK and NOMAAN MERCHANT, ATLANTA (AP): Seven children stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a Texas immigration facility. Their image was beamed 1,000 miles away to Atlanta, where a judge sat in a largely empty courtroom and contended with glitchy audio. At multiple points, a woman’s voice..

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Groups: Release Immigrant Detainees at High Coronavirus Risk Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

BY GENE JOHNSON, SEATTLE (AP): Immigrant rights groups want U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release detainees at its Washington state jail who are at high risk from the coronavirus. In a letter sent to ICE late Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the Northwest..

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Asylum-seekers, coronavirus collide with complicated results Friday, March 6th, 2020

By PABLO GORONDI, BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP): No entry, says Hungary. Not all at once, says Greece. Watch out, says Croatia: They might have the coronavirus. This week, thousands of asylum-seekers sit at the intersection of a pair of fast-moving news stories — a spike in migration in Europe and..

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Child dies as migrants rush to cross Greek-Turkish border Monday, March 2nd, 2020

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and ELENA BECATOROS, KASTANIES, Greece (AP): A child died when a boat full of migrants heading to a Greek island capsized Monday, part of a wave of thousands trying to push through Greece’s land and sea borders after Turkey declared the way was open for migrants and refugees..

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Court temporarily halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy Friday, February 28th, 2020

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, SAN DIEGO (AP): Dealing a significant blow to a signature Trump administration immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government can no longer make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts. The government..

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Nebraska Tomato Plant Pleads Guilty in Immigration Case Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

LINCOLN, NEB. (AP): A northern Nebraska tomato-growing and packing plant accused of hiring people living in the country illegally has pleaded guilty, as has the owner of an area restaurant accused of supplying illegal workers. The office of U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly said in a news release that..

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Crackdown on Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Takes Effect Monday, February 24th, 2020

BY ANITA SNOW, PHOENIX (AP): Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and..

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Critics slam UK post-Brexit immigration plans Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's government on Wednesday faced a backlash over its new post-Brexit immigration plans, which are designed to cut "cheap labour from Europe" in favour of high-skilled English speakers and boosting the homegrown workforce. Critics of the proposed points-based system, due to..

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Homeland Security suspends travel programs for New Yorkers Thursday, February 6th, 2020

NEW YORK (AP): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would no longer let New York residents enroll in its “trusted traveler” programs because of a new state law that blocked federal immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records. In a three-page letter,..

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