Tag: Illegal Immigration

County Clerks Revolt Over N.Y. Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

When New York lawmakers passed the so-called Green Light Law in June, it was hailed a landmark victory by those who had fought for the measure for more than two decades. The law makes New York one of 14 states that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, which proponents argue will help them avoid […]

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What Is DACA? And How Did It End Up in the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on Tuesday in a case that will serve as an important test of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration agenda, involving a small but politically powerful group of unauthorized immigrants known as Dreamers. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, offered the group temporary protection from deportation without […]

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Is It a Crime to Encourage Unauthorized Immigration? The Supreme Court Will Decide

WASHINGTON — A 1986 federal law makes it a crime to “encourage” unauthorized immigrants to come to or stay in the United States. “The statute potentially criminalizes the simple words — spoken to a son, a wife, a parent, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, a student, a client — ‘I encourage you to stay […]

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How the Trump Administration Eroded Its Own Legal Case on DACA

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before news cameras at the Justice Department in early September 2017 to announce that President Trump was ending deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, he knew the administration had left itself more legally vulnerable than it should have. At a contentious meeting in the White House Roosevelt […]

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New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed on those pursuing legal immigration and citizenship, as well as for the first time charging those fleeing persecution for seeking protection in the United States. The rule, which will be published on Thursday and will have a monthlong comment period, would […]

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Under Construction in Texas: The First New Section of Border Wall

DONNA, Texas — Two giant construction cranes tower over harvested sugar cane fields, topped by a pair of checkered flags flapping in the wind. At a distance along this flat, rural stretch of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, the two structures standing between the cranes resemble forlorn drive-in movie screens. The twin panels […]

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In Blue New Jersey, a Conservative Backlash on Immigration

A referendum on Tuesday’s ballot in New Jersey’s northernmost county asked whether voters wanted local officials to cooperate with federal immigration agents. It passed by a lopsided 2-to-1 margin. Nearly 200 miles away, along the state’s southern swath, a directive by the state attorney general that in part bars county sheriff officers from doing the […]

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The Supreme Court Confronts DACA

In the four months since the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s cynical effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the decision — which the president came dangerously close to defying — has faded from view under the weight of all that has happened since. The census will proceed next spring in […]

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Tucson Rejects Sanctuary Status as Places Across U.S. Vote on Their Futures

In Arizona, a red state known for its strict immigration policies, Tucson has earned a reputation as a spot of blue. But at the ballot box on Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative to turn Tucson into a sanctuary city for migrants. The initiative, Tucson Families Free and Together, or Proposition 205, would have restricted […]

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France Announces Tough New Measures on Immigration

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France tried to seize control of the issue of immigration on Wednesday, as his government announced steps to make the country less attractive to migrants while cracking open the door to skilled foreign workers. The combined moves were a bid by Mr. Macron to wrest the issue from his […]

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Who Will Wear My Dead Husband’s Clothes?

PHOENIX — My husband and I shared a narrow, shoebox-shaped closet in our home here, his clothes facing mine from double-hanging wardrobes mounted on the walls. After he died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 1, 2017, a month after his diagnosis, I’d often wander into the closet to search for his smell on his shirts. […]

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For Vietnam’s ‘Box People,’ a Treacherous Journey

LONDON — Vietnamese smugglers call it the “CO2” route: a poorly ventilated, oxygen-deficient trip across the English Channel in shipping containers or trailers piled high with pallets of merchandise, the last leg of a perilous, 6,000-mile trek across Asia and into Western Europe. Compared to the other path — the “V.I.P. route,” with its brief […]

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Meet Memo, the Marie Kondo of Fitness

Video In a cluttered world of boutique fitness studios and high-end gear, Guillermo Piñeda Morales reminds us that we don’t actually need much to be our best. Featuring Guillermo Piñeda Morales Memo is a minimalist, so we’ll keep this short. In the Video Op-Ed above, we trail Guillermo Piñeda Morales, a.k.a. Memo. He clocked a […]

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She’s Fighting Cancer. Her Son Is Fighting Her Deportation.

It is a common occurrence: an undocumented immigrant gets pulled over for a traffic violation, ends up in detention and swiftly is removed from the United States. In the case of Tania Romero, a Honduran mother of four who was arrested recently in Georgia, a deportation could happen within days. But her case is not […]

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They Sought a Brighter Future in Britain. Instead, Their Families Are Mourning Them.

YEN THANH, Vietnam — Across the village, the altar tables have already been set up. In Buddhist and Catholic households alike, families have not waited for the final word on whether their daughters, sons, brothers and sisters are among the 39 people found dead last week in a refrigerated truck container in an industrial park […]

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U.S. Detains Record Number of Child Migrants, Surpassing Crisis Under Obama

TENOSIQUE, Mexico — The United States has detained more children trying to cross the nation’s southwest border on their own over the last year than during any other period on record, surpassing the surge of unaccompanied minors that set off a crisis during the Obama administration, according to new figures released Tuesday. American immigration authorities […]

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A Taco Truck in Buffalo Served Lunch to ICE Workers. Then Came the Backlash.

It seemed like a standard request for the Lloyd taco truck, a local favorite in Buffalo. Last week, a building on the outskirts of the city asked the truck to park outside around midday so its employees could have Mexican food for lunch. But the building in Batavia, N.Y., was a federal detention center run […]

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A Way Out for the Supreme Court on DACA

In two weeks, the Supreme Court will consider President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, better known as DACA. Many expect a sharply divided decision in the spring, just as the presidential campaign picks up steam. But a different path would better serve both the court and the country. By […]

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$200 Million, Jailed Immigrants and a Democratic Bastion Under Fire

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In 2011, lawmakers in Essex County, N.J., agreed to house detained immigrants at the local jail in exchange for what would eventually add up to around $200 million from the federal government. Across the country, hundreds of other local […]

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Kevin McAleenan Is Out as Acting Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday the departure of Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum seekers at the southwestern border while managing a turbulent relationship with a president intent on restricting immigration. Noting that they have […]

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