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US Plans to Circumvent Limits on Detaining Immigrant Kids

Trump administration proposes rule sidestepping Flores agreement

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Thursday it plans to circumvent a longstanding court agreement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody, in part to detain families longer as a way to deter migrants from crossing the Southwestern border illegally. The Homeland Security Department announced proposed regulations that would terminate... More »

Mollie Would Have Found Reaction to Her Murder 'Racist': Dad

Rob Tibbetts writes a column for the 'Des Moines Register'

(Newser) - Ever since Mollie Tibbetts was found dead, her father Rob has been asking people to stop using her murder—of which an immigrant is accused—to push political agendas. This weekend in the Des Moines Register , he made that request again, because many have been ignoring it. "They have... More »

Fate Uncertain for Migrants Stuck on Italian Ship

They have been on the Diciotti five days as of Friday

(Newser) - In what Courthouse News calls "a high-stakes legal and political drama," some 150 asylum seekers rescued from the Mediterranean Sea are being held on a docked Italian coast guard ship for a fifth day on Friday. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini—an anti-immigrant politician who has refused to let... More »

Fox's Mollie Tibbetts Coverage Has a Surprising Critic

Network's own Geraldo Rivera criticizes immigration 'spin'

(Newser) - The Mollie Tibbetts murder continues to emerge as a flashpoint in the immigration debate, even if some members of the Iowa student's family aren't happy about it, reports NBC News . The reason? US immigration officials say 24-year-old suspect Cristhian Bahena Rivera was in the country illegally, though his... More »

How'd Deported Nazi Guard Get in US? With Help

Fellow SS member vouched for him on false visa application: historian

(Newser) - Now that former Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij is out of the US , the New York Times explores how he got in, and it wasn't through his efforts alone. As Nazi records of his SS membership weren't uncovered until the 1990s, Palij successfully applied for a visa under... More »

High-Profile Diner Brings Trouble for Texas Restaurant

Owner of El Tiempo Cantina in Houston apologizes after posting photo of Jeff Sessions

(Newser) - A longtime Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston has been caught up in the volatile politics of the day, with some calling for a boycott of El Tiempo Cantina. And it's all because Jeff Sessions came to dinner, explains CultureMap . After the attorney general ate there Friday, the owner posted a... More »

After Backlash, Fox's Ingraham Disavows White Nationalists

She spoke out against 'massive demographic changes' and an unrecognizable America

(Newser) - A commentary this week on immigration by Laura Ingraham of Fox News has set off a political ruckus that has resulted in her disavowing the support of white nationalists and the likes of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, reports the Hill . Here's a look at what's... More »

Judge Halts Deportation, Warns Jeff Sessions

He says AG could be held in contempt

(Newser) - On learning that the mother and daughter at the center of a lawsuit before him were being deported, a federal judge called the move "outrageous" and ordered its reversal. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security officials that they could be held... More »

Judge: Release Immigrant Held After Army Base Pizza Delivery

Pablo Villavicencio is fighting for the right to gain legal status in US

(Newser) - A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of an Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation, the AP reports. "Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently subject to a final order of removal, he has... More »

'Poster Girl' for Reunification Joins Her Mom

Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid is with her mother in Houston

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl from El Salvador who became a face of the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families at the border has been reunited with her mother, the AP reports. Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid and her mother, Cindy Madrid, were separated after US authorities detained them June 13... More »

A Lot of Money Is Being Made From Detained Immigrant Kids

Grants for housing unaccompanied and separated children are soaring

(Newser) - Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the US that now reaps $1 billion annually—a tenfold increase over the past decade, per the AP . Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care, and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from... More »

Judge Rejects US Plan to Detain Families Indefinitely

She rules administration can't alter Flores agreement

(Newser) - A federal judge has rejected what she called President Trump's "cynical" effort to ditch an agreement limiting the amount of time children can be held in immigration detention. Dolly Gee, a Los Angeles-based US district judge, said the administration had offered "tortured" reasoning in its attempt to... More »

US Requests More Time to Reunite Immigrant Families

Justice Department asks federal judge to extend deadlines

(Newser) - President Trump's Justice Department has requested more time to reunite immigrant parents with the children taken from them by ICE at the border. Following a federal judge's order that all children under age 5 be reunited with their parents by July 10—and all others by July 25—... More »

Historians: Anne Frank's Family Tried to Flee to United States

'Their efforts were thwarted by American bureaucracy, war, and time'

(Newser) - Research suggests the family of Anne Frank attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America's restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said... More »

Protester Scales Statue of Liberty, Forces Evacuation

She was protesting US immigration policy

(Newser) - A woman protesting US immigration policy climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and forced the monument's evacuation on the Fourth of July hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statue's pedestal and had been arrested, the AP reports. About 100 feet above ground,... More »

Merkel Survives, With a Huge Concession

German leader agrees to tough border policies to stay in power

(Newser) - Germany's Angela Merkel has struck a deal to remain in power, at least for now. Merkel, long seen as a champion of the rights of immigrants to move freely within the European Union, agreed to toughen border policies to end a revolt from within her own governing coalition, reports... More »

Judge Orders ICE to Stop Detaining Asylum Seekers

Federal judge says US government is violating its own rules regarding the treatment of people seeking asylum

(Newser) - A federal judge has determined the US government is violating its own rules regarding the treatment of people seeking asylum. Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Monday ordering the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop what opponents called the arbitrary detention of legitimate asylum seekers, per the AP... More »

At Protest, Armed Heckler Saying 'Womp! Womp!' Arrested

Shane Sealy in Alabama mimics Corey Lewandowski in immigration debate

(Newser) - A protest of White House immigration policy turned unsettling in Alabama over the weekend when a counter-protester repeatedly chanted the mocking phrase "womp! womp!" and pulled a gun during an altercation, police say. The "derisive womp! womp" line, denoting false sympathy, is the same one uttered to... More »

At Patriot Prayer March in Portland, Cops Declare Riot

After reports of assaults between group, antifa, march permit is revoked

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot and ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown. Police said Saturday that some arrests were made at the downtown protest, reports the AP . The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups—Patriot... More »

Trump Heads for Golf Club, and So Do Protesters

Demonstrators have been gathering weekly in Bedminster since the president took office

(Newser) - As thousands gathered near the White House to protest the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy on Saturday, the president was 220 miles away, at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. But he couldn’t entirely escape the demonstrators, reports USA Today . About 100 protesters lined... More »

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