Tag: Illegal Immigration

Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States. Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of […]

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‘This Takes Away All Hope’: Rule Bars Most Applicants for Asylum in U.S.

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of people fleeing persecution, most from Central America, line up at the United States’ southern border every day hoping for asylum. They wait for months, their names slowly crawling up a hand-drawn list until they are allowed to present their case to American immigration authorities. After the United States Supreme Court […]

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Beyond Ending Trump’s Policies, Democrats Largely Skirt Questions About Their Immigration Plans

WASHINGTON — One Democratic candidate would post asylum officers at the border to decide immigration cases on the spot. Others would create an entirely new court system outside the Justice Department. Some have suggested reinstating a program that would allow Central American minors to apply for refugee status in their home countries. The Democrats running […]

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Why Is India Making Its Own People Stateless?

DHAKA, Bangladesh — More than 1.9 million people living in Assam, a state of about 33 million in northeastern India, effectively became stateless recently. Many have never lived anywhere but in India, and yet late last month, the government, claiming to crack down on illegal immigration, announced that it was removing them from the National […]

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A Houston Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Now, He Faces Deportation.

In August, Roland Gramajo, a Houston businessman and celebrated advocate in the local Guatemalan community, helped organize a town-hall meeting to quell fears about recent federal immigration raids. He invited community activists from across the country. He also invited members of Congress. He even invited officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to talk about what […]

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Judge Reinstates Nationwide Injunction on Trump Asylum Rule

A federal judge on Monday issued a nationwide order barring a Trump administration policy that denies asylum to migrants crossing the border unless they have already tried and failed to obtain asylum in another country along the way, a rule that effectively bans claims for most Central Americans fleeing persecution and poverty. Judge Jon S. […]

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Democrats Need to Get More Ruthless

How important do Democrats think it is to beat President Trump in 2020? Obviously, most Democrats would say it’s vitally important. Four more years of the Trump presidency could allow him to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It would worsen the climate crisis. It could cement his paranoid racism and scorn for […]

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Ken Cuccinelli Emerges as Public Face, and Irritant, of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump moved to wrap up his unlikely Republican nomination for the presidency, a senior adviser to Senator Ted Cruz laced into the front-runner in March 2016, in a last-ditch effort to swing the contest to Mr. Cruz, the more traditionally conservative candidate. The target? Mr. Trump’s soft stand on immigrant […]

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Poor Conditions Persist for Migrant Children Detained at the Border, Democrats Say

Migrant children detained at the border continue to sleep in cold cells without proper clothing or adequate food, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday, accusing the Department of Homeland Security of blocking members of Congress from visiting the facilities. Parents were not provided enough diapers for their children, toddlers were fed “burritos rather than […]

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Sick Migrants Undergoing Lifesaving Care Can Now Be Deported

LOS ANGELES — Maria Isabel Bueso was 7 years old when she came to the United States from Guatemala at the invitation of doctors who were conducting a clinical trial for the treatment of her rare, disfiguring genetic disease. The trial was short on participants, and thanks to her enrollment, the Federal Drug Administration eventually […]

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Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty to Hitting Man in Face

ImageA Customs and Border Patrol vehicle in Imperial County, Calif., in July 2018. A man taken into custody near the border fence in February was hit in the face by a Border Patrol agent who has since resigned.CreditMatt York/Associated Press A Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to striking a man who tried to jump […]

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Trump Tells Aides ‘Take the Land’ as Impatience Grows on Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the southwestern border is far behind schedule. So he has told his aides to get the job done by whatever means necessary, including by seizing land on the Mexican frontier. The president has repeatedly suggested during meetings on immigration policy that aides “take […]

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This New Rule Will Extend Migrant Kids’ Suffering

The Trump administration last week announced a new regulation that would allow the government to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the border. If it goes into effect, it would terminate an agreement known as the Flores settlement that has been in place since 1997 to ensure that children are kept in the least restrictive […]

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Joe Arpaio Says He Will Run Again for Maricopa County Sheriff

Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff in Arizona who built a national reputation as an immigration hard-liner, said on Sunday that he would run again for his old office, the latest turn in a long and polarizing career that included a conviction for criminal contempt, a pardon from President Trump and an unsuccessful bid last year […]

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Hiring Is Very Hard for Restaurants These Days. Now They May Have to Fire.

Facing one of the most severe labor shortages in decades, restaurants across the country are trying virtually everything to recruit cooks and dishwashers, from offering quarterly bonuses to providing training programs for ex-convicts. Now, the specter of increased immigration enforcement is putting many of those restaurants in a more fraught situation: let go of trusted […]

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The Peaches Are Sweet, but Growing Them Isn’t

DEL REY, Calif. — When I first visited this tiny farm town to pick peaches, I did not expect to return. Certainly not every summer. Yet in July, here I was again, in triple-degree heat, for the ninth straight year of a pilgrimage with friends to an orchard just south of Fresno, near the geographic […]

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In Aftermath of El Paso Attack, a Reckoning on Texas’s Divisive Political Rhetoric

HOUSTON — Typically, a campaign plea from a Texas governor calling for fellow Republicans to “defend Texas” from illegal immigration and “take matters into our own hands” would be met with a collective yawn. Such appeals have been commonplace in Republican-controlled Texas, where taking a hard line on immigration is a given. But after a […]

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Trump Wants to Abolish Birthright Citizenship. Can He Do That?

The day after his administration unveiled a regulation that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families with children, President Trump also revived talk of a much more radical step: abolishing automatic American citizenship for anyone born in the United States. Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that the rule, enshrined in the Constitution for more […]

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Economic Antidote for a Shrinking America: Immigrants

MIAMI — After finishing a particularly satisfying dinner at a Coral Gables restaurant with his wife, Pedro Martinez quietly slipped around to the back alley where the kitchen is. “Whatever you’re making, I’ll give you a raise,” Mr. Martinez whispered when the back door swung open. An executive at 50 Eggs, a restaurant group based […]

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Claim That He Didn’t Start Family Separations at Border

What President Trump Said “President Obama had separation. I’m the one that brought them together.” — in remarks to reporters on Wednesday False. Mr. Trump’s immigration policies were in the news again on Wednesday with the administration’s release of a regulation that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally. […]

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