The Obama administration on Tuesday invited thousands of new Central Americans to apply for refugee status in the U.S., creating a new path to bring not only the vulnerable children fleeing the region, but also their parents, adult siblings and even aunts, uncles, grandparents or others "related" to the kids.
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By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to unilaterally enact a temporary ban on immigration from countries that have served as breeding grounds for terrorists. Published June 13, 2016
Germans are reeling from a spate of violent attacks that have shaken a country already anxious about its open-door refugee policy and fearful that Islamist terrorist attacks like those in neighboring France could take place here, too.
On the heels of Donald Trump's acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination, President Obama will give his Mexican counterpart a megaphone Friday to criticize Mr. Trump's plans to build a border wall and restrict immigration.
Voters watching coverage of the Republican National Convention's first night saw Melania Trump's speech, a fight over party rules and withering attacks against Hillary Clinton. But those who got their news from Spanish-language newspapers and television saw a party equating illegal immigrants to criminals and terrorists.
Often overlooked in the immigration debate, the families of victims of illegal immigrant criminals got their biggest stage yet with prime-time speaking roles Monday at the Republican National Convention, where they pleaded for a firmer hand in the White House to keep the country safe.
Most Americans reject Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and his support for deporting those in the country illegally. But they're divided on the presumptive Republican nominee's proposed temporary ban on the entry of Muslims from other countries, a new survey finds.
Newt Gingrich blamed the Nice terror attack on gutless Western elites and called for the deportation of every Muslim in the U.S. who supports shariah law.
Anger at the Obama administration's lax immigration policies boiled over Thursday as Democrats and Republicans demanded that the State Department punish countries that refuse to take back their citizens living in the U.S. illegally -- often letting dangerous criminals run free on American streets.
As delegates get down to business on crafting the Republican platform this week, Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach says he's nearly a 100 percent sure the platform will include Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach wants to add a little Trump to the Republican Party platform this week by pushing a plank reflecting the presumptive presidential nominee's immigration message -- including his famed vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Justice Department said Thursday it has warned sanctuary cities to quit shielding illegal immigrants from deportation agents or else lose federal grant money, putting some muscle behind Republicans' push to punish cities and counties that have refused to cooperate.
Senate Democrats launched filibusters Wednesday to protect sanctuary cities and to shield repeat illegal immigrants from mandatory minimum five-year prison sentences, saying Republican lawmakers were following the lead of Donald Trump in attacking immigrants.
The State Department is thwarting efforts to deport immigrants to China, Guinea, Liberia and other countries that are reluctant to take back their own citizens convicted of crimes -- forcing immigration agents to release often-violent criminals back onto the streets, U.S. government documents show.
Nearly 1 million immigrants are ignoring deportation orders to remain in the U.S. -- including more than 170,000 convicted criminals, according to a new report Thursday that suggests the government's deportation efforts are still falling short.
The U.S. accepted more than 2,300 Syrian refugees in June alone, sending the fiscal year total soaring past the 5,000 mark and putting the government on track to surpass President Obama's goal of 10,000 by the end of September, but raising questions about screening out potential terrorists.
Immigrant-rights activists attempted to block the road to federal immigration agents' headquarters in Atlanta on Monday, demanding President Obama stop deporting any more illegal immigrants after last week's Supreme Court stalemate.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backed off his call for mass deportations, promising to go after illegal immigrant "bad dudes" and show America that he has "the biggest heart of anybody."
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee, on Thursday said he agrees with President Obama's executive actions on immigration, but he said the government's deportation policies have also broken up too many families.
Senate Republicans are to blame for Thursday's Supreme Court decision that stopped President Obama's deportation amnesty program, Hillary Clinton said in a statement, charging that the court would have ruled in the administration's favor if only there had been one more liberal Justice on the bench.
Immigrant-rights advocates say it's now up to President Obama to stop all deportations after the Supreme Court Thursday left in place an injunction on his tentative amnesty.
President Obama lost his bid to kick-start his deportation amnesty Thursday after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, keeping in place a lower court's injunction, nixing the policy for the rest of Mr. Obama's tenure and igniting political and legal debates that will carry on well beyond.
Homeland Security agents release criminal aliens back onto the streets without strict monitoring because their home countries refuse to take them back, the department's inspector general concluded in a report that exposes serious flaws in the system.
The number of illegal immigrant families jumping the border this fiscal year has already topped all of 2015, according to Homeland Security Department statistics released Friday that show the administration's border problems continue to grow.
Neither Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border nor his proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country would have stopped last weekend's massacre at an Orlando night club, Hillary Clinton said Wednesday in another blistering attack on the billionaire Republican.
Immigration agents catch an abysmally small percentage of the illegal immigrants who arrived on visas but overstayed their welcome, authorities admitted to Congress Tuesday, describing a loophole that those around the globe are increasingly using to gain a foothold in the U.S.
While immigrants draw much of the attention, it's their children who are proving to be the most fruitful recruiting ground for radical jihad in the U.S., accounting for at least half of the deadly attacks over the past decade.
The House voted Friday to order the Library of Congress to keep using the term "illegal alien" to describe those who come to the U.S. without authorization, saying that as long as federal laws written by Congress use those terms, so should their official records-keeper.
It has been incredibly easy to live with your head in the sand regarding immigration. Hopefully, a girl who recently graduated from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas, has you shaking the sand from your eyes, nostrils and ears to get the full breadth of the immigration problem at hand.
A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan who authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America.
Both legal and illegal immigration spiked over the past two years, with the total number of arrivals in that period topping 3 million for the first time since the end of the Clinton administration, according to figures from an immigration think tank released Wednesday.
The Obama administration accused a federal judge Tuesday of sowing "fear and confusion" among illegal immigrants, potentially scaring them away from signing up for President Obama's deportation amnesty by demanding immigration officials submit names of tens of thousands of migrants who've already enrolled.
The Justice Department fired back at the Texas judge who ordered its attorneys to undertake ethics classes after finding they misled the court in a high-profile challenge to President Obama's deportation amnesty -- saying the order was beyond the judge's authority and would cost millions to implement.
Syrians and Palestinians managed to buy illegal citizenship documents from Honduras then tried to use them to enter the U.S., a Honduran newspaper reported over the weekend, exposing a scheme that analysts say could post a danger to the U.S. visa system.
Homeland Security has discovered more three-year amnesty applications it approved in defiance of a federal judge's firm injunction, lawyers told the court late Wednesday -- less than a week after the judge delivered a vicious spanking to the administration for repeatedly bungling the case.
The number of illegal immigrants crossing the southwestern border surged in April, reaching the highest point in nearly two years as Central American families and children traveling alone continued to test the Obama administration's border controls.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Friday said he would only accept Donald Trump's invitation to lunch in New York City if the presumptive GOP presidential nominee apologized to the Mexican people.
A federal judge ordered the Justice Department to send its lawyers back to remedial ethics classes Thursday after finding that the administration repeatedly misled the court in the high-profile challenge to President Obama's deportation amnesty.
Facing a sustained outcry from advocacy groups, the White House said Wednesday that the new series of immigration raids should discourage families in Central America from sending their children to the U.S. illegally.
The creator of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" says it's a needed reminder during a heated political season that "immigrants get the job done."
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was interrupted while delivering a high school graduation speech this weekend as immigrant-rights activists stepped up their protests against a new round of planned raids to ship illegal immigrants home.
Immigration authorities signaled a new series of upcoming roundups of illegal immigrant families that surged across the border in recent years, drawing a fierce rebuke Thursday from advocacy groups who said President Obama could pay a political price among Hispanics.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Wednesday invited Donald Trump to visit the country and apologized for using brash language when he criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's border wall plan nearly two months ago.
The city of Philadelphia, which will host the Democratic National Convention in July, rebuffed a request from the Obama administration Tuesday to end its status as a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.
States can impose their own stiff penalties on illegal immigrants -- or others -- who steal someone's identity in order to get a job, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, upholding Arizona's strict law and dealing a setback to immigrant rights advocates.
On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.
Homeland Security is leaving thousands of detention beds empty even as it voluntarily releases thousands of murderers, kidnappers and other criminals, the chief of deportations admitted to Congress on Thursday as she faced families of those killed by freed illegal immigrant convicts.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday he's going to be giving a policy speech on immigration fairly soon, the day after delivering a speech on foreign policy in Washington, D.C.
The pattern of illegal immigration appears to be shifting yet again as families traveling together — usually mothers and their children — surge across the southwestern border at a record pace, posing more challenges for an Obama administration still struggling to figure out how to handle them.
Illegal immigrant families are streaming across the border at record pace, according to new Border Patrol statistics released Friday morning that show more than 32,000 have been caught trying to sneak into the U.S.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he's resigned to a less-than-total victory at the Supreme Court in his lawsuit challenging President Obama's deportation amnesty, saying Thursday that the best he can hope for is a 4-4 split ruling that would halt the amnesty but fall short of the legal spanking Mr. Obama deserves.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales joked in a recent interview that he would offer Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump "cheap labor" for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Michelle Root, mother of Sarah Root, recounted her daughter's death in Omaha, Nebraska, this year at the hands of an illegal immigrant who police said was drag racing while drunk, smashed into the young woman's car and left her brain-dead.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. prodded the Obama administration Monday to explain President Obama's immigration flip-flop, when Mr. Obama in 2014 reversed himself and decided he did, after all, have powers to grant a tentative amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.
A deeply divided Supreme Court grappled Monday with President Obama's deportation amnesty, as conservatives said the White House was encroaching on Congress' lawmaking powers, but liberal justices saying the court should stay out of the fight, leaving the president with a free hand.
A Texas man sued Friday to stop a new state law giving drones "unfettered" rights to snap photos or video along the southwest border, saying it appears to be a racially tinged effort to target Mexicans for intrusive scrutiny.
Border Patrol agents have been ordered to release dripping-wet illegal immigrants at the Rio Grande unless they actually see them climbing out of the river, creating what amounts to "an open border with Mexico," the chief of the agents' labor union told Congress in new testimony last week.
All the country's visas for high-skilled workers were snatched up in the first week yet again this year, the government reported Thursday, signaling that companies' voracious appetites for cheap foreign workers remains unabated despite intense criticism on the presidential campaign trail.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says one way he plans to get Mexico to pay for his wall along the United States' southern border is by threatening to effectively block remittance payments from the U.S. that workers send back to the country.
Even being convicted of homicide isn't enough to ensure illegal immigrants are detained by federal agents, the government's top deportation official said in a letter to Congress released Monday.
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted.
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Border Patrol agents' labor union announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP's new border security bill, calling it "window dressing" that doesn't add any new agents or updated their firepower to get the job done in sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border.
An overwhelming majority of Americans say they have deep worries that illegal immigration will erode the country's culture and economy, revealed a new poll.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that there's a "general consensus" in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country's immigration laws and that more specifics would be unveiled this week at House Republicans' annual retreat.
Calling it a “pivotal moment,” a band of Latino donors has launched a $20 million campaign to unseat those in the House who stand against President Obama’s immigration proposals and oppose Democratic Party reform bills.
The U.S. illegal immigrant population has begun to tick back up with the improving economy, rising to 11.7 million last year, according to the latest estimates Monday from the Pew Hispanic Center.
The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.
The union that represents the people who would have to decide who gets legalized under any new immigration law said in a letter Tuesday that the Obama administration is not ready to handle the influx of applications.
The American business community weighed in Tuesday on immigration, firing off a letter to House leaders urging them to find the political will to pass an immigration bill this year.