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Lawmakers consider immigration court overhaul to crack backlog of 1.6 million cases

Members of the House Judiciary Committee met Thursday to hear testimony about making immigration courts independent of the Department of Justice as the system faces a historic backlog of nearly 1.6 million cases. ... Read more»

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Border wall foes hail order halting project, say it’s only first step

President Joe Biden made good on a campaign promise within hours of his swearing-in this week, ordering a pause in construction of the border wall and a plan for how to redirect wall funding. Opponents of the wall hailed the move but say more action is needed.... Read more»

Immigration advocates hail order reinstating DACA; DHS promises appeal

The Trump administration said Monday it will abide by a court order – for now – to start accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications, a move that could affect an estimated 682,000 undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Critics say Trump order on immigration does little but stir up anxiety

President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration in the face of the coronavirus will “not have much of an effect” on the jobs the president said he’s trying to protect, experts on both sides of the issue said last week. ... Read more»

Ahead of ‘public charge’ change, advocates struggle to keep Hispanic families enrolled in benefits

Advocates nationwide have been sounding the alarm over a Trump administration change to the so-called “public charge” rule – guidelines used to determine whether immigrants seeking legal status are likely to be a burden on the country’s resources. The update allows immigration officers to consider applicants’ use of certain public benefits, including Medicaid, in deciding to grant green cards, visas and changes in residency.... Read more»

Critics call proposed ban on 'birth tourism' misdirected, unenforceable

Critics are calling a Trump administration plan to curb so-called “birth tourism” unenforceable at best and “rooted in misogyny, xenophobia and racism” at worst, and say it is targeting the wrong people.... Read more»

Emergency border funds get final OK, after some odd political turns

The final vote included support from 129 Democrats and 176 Republicans, in what one expert called an “overwhelmingly bipartisan” vote to send emergency funding to the departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and others.... Read more»

Housing authorities reel as HUD singles out undocumented immigrants

Public housing authorities say they were blindsided by a proposed federal rule banning many immigrants from receiving housing assistance — and, they said, they will fight to keep it from being implemented.... Read more»

Border tear gas incident renews wall debate, but little change expected

Arizona Republicans on Monday backed President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border at San Ysidro, California, Sunday.... Read more»

Trump threat to use military to close the border met with skepticism

Before heading to Arizona for a political rally, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S.... Read more»

Factcheck: Will Trump's wall pay for itself?

President Donald Trump cited a contested report from an organization that advocates low immigration to claim that a wall along the southern border will pay for itself, because those stopped from illegally crossing would not be a burden on taxpayers.... Read more»

Trump overstates impact of immigration bill

FactCheck examines President Donald Trump claims that the RAISE Act “prevents … new immigrants from collecting welfare.” ... Read more»

FactCheck: Did Democrats once support border wall?

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006.... Read more»

Two hawkish anti-immigration groups say Trump consulted them on policy

Two groups that support far-reaching curbs on legal immigration to the United States and ideological screening of would-be immigrants to test their beliefs say Donald Trump's presidential campaign has consulted them on his immigration policy. ... Read more»

Punjab to Peoria: Arizona had most Indian deportation cases in 2015

They come across the Arizona border in search of a better life, hundreds of them every year, leaving behind a native country where they no longer feel safe. India. Arizona leads the nation in the number of deportation hearings for immigrants from that Asian nation.... Read more»

More cities, counties defying feds on deportation holds

More jurisdictions — including almost 300 cities and counties plus the states of California, Colorado and Connecticut — are refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they are asked to detain noncitizen prisoners for possible deportation.... Read more»2

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