Mexican leaders scolded their American counterparts on Thursday for President Trump's new immigration policies, using an initial meeting to register their displeasure and demand that the U.S. not increase the number of people deported to Mexico.
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By Victor Morton - The Washington Times
On the same night the acting attorney general was fired for insubordination, the Trump administration named a new acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Published January 30, 2017
The California county that sued President Trump over his executive order targeting "sanctuary" cities asked a federal judge on Thursday to suspend nationwide implementation of the order, saying it is overbroad and has thrown the county's budget planning process "into immediate and ongoing disarray."
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly ruled out the possibility of using military troops in immigration enforcement, after meetings in Mexico City on Thursday.
Chicago Public Schools officials plan on denying Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entry into district buildings without a a criminal warrant.
President Trump praised the Department of Homeland Security's new efforts to arrest and deport more illegal immigrants Thursday, calling it "a military operation" that is getting "really bad dudes" out of the U.S.
Mexico's government vowed Wednesday to resist President Trump's efforts to force better cooperation in stopping illegal immigration, saying they won't let the U.S. tell them what to do.
One of Capitol Hill's most adamant privacy proponents demanded answers from the head of the Department of Homeland Security this week amid recent reports of Americans and foreigners alike having their smartphones and social media accounts searched and seized at international border crossings.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially unleashed federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, unshackling the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed and putting millions of people in the country without authorization at risk.
After years of neglect, immigration enforcement is proving to be a fertile space for action -- and for speculation, as draft reports leak out of Homeland Security, frightening immigrant rights groups and thrilling President Trump's backers who have longed to see this sort of crackdown.
President Trump beat the news media on the campaign trail, and he's wagering he can do it again in the White House with bare-knuckle press conferences and raucous rallies that fuel his anti-establishment base — but the act will last only as long as the administration delivers results.
The number of electronic device searches conducted by border officers surged some 500 percent in 2016, as the agency said a changing threat environment caused more people to trip their radars.
Federal agents attempted to alter evidence and fabricate a story about gang ties for a Dreamer the government is trying to deport, the illegal immigrant's lawyers said in court filings Thursday night, escalating a case that's become a major test of President Trump's immigration policies.
The wrong type of border wall could actually make Border Patrol agents less safe, according to a new report Thursday from the government's chief watchdog, which said walls that block lines of sight can become ambush sites for attackers looking to get the drop on agents.
The Justice Department has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals not to conduct an en banc review of the order barring enforcement of President Trump's executive order on travel and refugees, noting that the president plans to issue a new replacement order.
President Trump said Thursday he will issue a new executive order on extreme vetting that will tailor his policy to comply with adverse rulings from federal courts, insisting he'll be able to "get just about everything" done that he'd intended with a scaled-down policy.
The illegal immigrant Dreamer arrested in Washington state last week had an arrest record and had ties to at least two criminal gangs, the Justice Department said in a filing Thursday, raising the stakes in a case that's come to be a major test of President Trump's immigration policies.
If President Trump's border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll.
A prominent immigrant rights advocacy group said Wednesday that it is telling folks not to sign up anymore for President Obama's 2012 deportation amnesty, saying the risks of turning over information to the Trump administration are simply too great, particularly after recent raids.
Ernest Yombo would rather students at Latin American Montessori Bilingual school come to class on Thursday, but instead, they will get an unexpected day off.
Even if President Trump can't convince the courts to approve his extreme vetting executive order, he may have another tool at his disposal that would allow him to strip visas from some of the seven countries he's trying to target, crackdown supporters say.
Immigrants have had a vast impact on the District's economy, ranking among the top five states in a study done by personal finance website WalletHub.
The flood danger from the Oroville Dam receded Monday, but California was hit by a wave of criticism for failing to heed warnings about risks to the spillway at a time when the state spent generously on illegal immigrants and high-speed rail.
The Justice Department has asked a Seattle-based federal judge to hold off any proceedings regarding President Trump's executive order on travel and refugees while the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to reconsider the case en banc.
Homeland Security netted more than 680 immigrants last week in the first major series of raids since President Trump took office, sparking a feverish response from advocates who said agents went after rank-and-file migrants whom the Obama administration had considered off limits.
President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn't see eye to eye on immigration and refugees, but the two leaders still pledged Monday to work together to keep their countries safe from terrorism.
At least 72 convicted terrorists came from the seven countries President Trump targeted in his extreme vetting executive order, according to a new report this weekend that directly undercut part of the courts' rulings halting the program.
The Trump administration is approaching a crossroads in the battle over sanctuary cities with a decision due next month on where to build a new FBI headquarters.
Advocates who work to protect persecuted groups say there is a "blind spot" in the West concerning the plight faced by Christians around the world -- a shortsightedness evident in the overwhelmingly negative reaction to President Trump's executive order granting preferred refugee status to persecuted religious minorities.
The State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries in the week since a federal judge's reprieve, in what analysts said appears to be a push to admit as many people as possible before another court puts the program back on ice.
A federal appeals court upheld a temporary restraining order blocking President Trump's extreme vetting policy Thursday night, delivering another legal setback for the new administration.
A prominent congressman said Thursday that he won't help advance any funding requests from sanctuary cities, saying he's taking a personal stand in trying to stop jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate in deporting illegal immigrants.
A recent event at the American Enterprise Institute featuring conservative commentator Bill Kristol saw him questioning whether "new Americans" are needed to replace pockets of "lazy" white people.
A report shows nearly one in five immigrants in the U.S. illegally live in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.
Attorneys who sued the Trump administration over the president's executive order on travel and refugees aren't waiting for a ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to make their next move.
President Trump warned Wednesday of a surge in visitors from "certain areas" in the wake of court rulings halting his extreme vetting order.
The owner and CEO of 84 Lumber says she's a staunch supporter of President Trump and his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall despite her company's controversial Super Bowl ad that depicted the treacherous journey of a migrant family.
In a speech Wednesday, President Trump read the federal statute that he said gave him authority for the "extreme vetting" executive order and said a "bad high school student can understand this."
President Trump's own loose campaign rhetoric may be coming back to bite him, after a federal court said his brash call for a Muslim ban is "potential evidence" that could be used against him in the legal battle over his new extreme vetting executive order.
President Trump said Wednesday that Americans can "never" have the safety and security they're entitled to if the administration loses the legal battle over his "extreme vetting" immigration executive order.
Most voters say they oppose President Trump's recent move to suspend travel from seven majority-Muslim nations, with more saying they do not support other aspects of Mr. Trump's "extreme vetting" executive order, according to a poll released this week.
The administration defended President Trump's extreme vetting executive order in both the courts and Congress on Tuesday, saying that while the rollout may not have gone well, the president acted within his legal powers.
A proposal by Texas lawmakers to withhold grant money from jurisdictions that hamper enforcement of immigration laws through so-called "sanctuary city" policies is constitutional, according to a review by the state's Republican attorney general.
The lack of a border wall is "a gaping wound" in the country's defenses, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Tuesday, saying Border Patrol officials in the ground in Texas and Arizona can point to exact spots where fencing is needed right now.
New Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly took blame for the botched rollout of President Trump's new extreme vetting executive order, saying he should have delayed the implementation "just a bit" to let everyone get up to speed.
Two Republican senators introduced legislation Tuesday to cut legal immigration to the U.S. in half, saying the country needs to do a better job of selecting people based on what they can contribute to the U.S.
Ahead of a scheduled court hearing later Tuesday, the White House expressed confidence that President Trump's immigration order halting travel from seven majority-Muslim nations will be upheld.
Public colleges and more than 125 American businesses, including many of the titans of the tech industry, have entered the legal battle over President Trump's extreme vetting executive order, insisting they have inherent rights to hire foreign workers and admit foreign students.
The White House said it is "absolutely not" backing down on President Trump's extreme vetting executive order as Justice Department attorneys asked an appeals court Monday to lift a restraining order that left the policy in limbo and sparked a major test of the new administration's powers.
President Trump is "absolutely not" thinking about canceling his extreme vetting executive order, press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday, saying that once they win the legal battle the policy will go back into place.
Two Republican senators are hoping to learn more about investigations into misconduct involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees, citing the Trump administration's plans to rapidly hire 5,000 new border patrol agents.
An activist lawyer on Monday accused the Seattle judge who halted President Trump's extreme vetting executive order of a "dangerous political stunt," saying the president was right in chiding the judge for a "ridiculous" ruling.
President Trump said Sunday that he'd considering withholding federal funds to California if state officials proceed with a proposal to create a "sanctuary state" for illegal immigrants.
A Seattle-based federal judge on Friday dealt a major blow to President Trump's executive order on travel and refugees, ordering a nationwide ban on enforcement of the controversial order.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he hopes President Trump's pledged wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is completed within two years.
With a population of 6 million and historically the most prosperous of the seven majority-Muslim nations on President Trump's contentious executive order curbing travel and refugee flows, oil-rich Libya stands out as the smallest and the wealthiest country in the group.
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration this week to stop blocking travelers trying to reach the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, delivering the latest and largest blow yet to the president's new extreme vetting policy.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus says President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees is blocking a senior Iraqi military official from traveling to the U.S. to meet with his American counterparts.
Ellen DeGeneres has used "Finding Dory" to illustrate her stance on President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration and refugees.
Nearly half of Americans -- 49 percent -- agree with President Trump's executive order to temporarily restrict travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, compared to 41 percent who disagree, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week.
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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.
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