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Couple Dies Fleeing ICE Agents, Leaves Behind 6 Children

Farmworkers were in US illegally

(Newser) - A couple in the country illegally were fleeing US immigration officials in a rural California farm town when they lost control of their car and crashed into a power pole, killing the husband and wife with six children, police said. The deaths Tuesday come as immigrant advocates say US immigration... More »

Immigration Showdown: Feds Are Suing California

Justice Department thinks state 'sanctuary' laws too lenient toward undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - The nation's debate on sanctuary cities and states is about to play out front and center in a federal courtroom. The Justice Department is suing the state of California over three new laws that provide protection to undocumented immigrants, reports NPR . Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in the... More »

Melania's Parents Under Scrutiny As Trump Blasts 'Chain Migration'

How did Viktor and Amalija Knavs come to gain legal residency in the US?

(Newser) - President Trump has railed against so-called "chain migration"—more commonly called family reunification, the visa process by which green card holders or legal residents in the US can bring family members over from their home countries, per NPR —but now the focus is turning to how the... More »

Trump Blames Democrats for Failing to Protect Dreamers

But he threatened to veto bipartisan bill

(Newser) - Lawmakers had three chances to protect Dreamers from deportation in the form of three separate bills voted on by the Senate on Thursday. None passed , and President Trump laid the blame on Democrats on Friday, the Hill reports. "Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the... More »

Bipartisan Immigration Bill for Dreamers Falls 6 Votes Short

Meanwhile, Trump-supported rival bill tanks

(Newser) - The Senate voted on four immigration bills Thursday, Reuters reports. All four failed, leaving hundreds of thousands of Dreamers to once again fear deportation. The toughest loss was a bipartisan bill written by eight Republicans, seven Democrats, and an Independent, which fell just six votes short of passing, according to... More »

Senators Reach Deal on Dreamers, Wall

Leaders hope to end showdown with Thursday vote

(Newser) - A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday aimed at balancing Democrats' fight to offer citizenship to young "Dreamer" immigrants with President Trump's demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Though the compromise was announced by 16 senators with centrist views on the... More »

Pelosi's Speech for Dreamers Breaks 109-Year-Old Record

House Minority leader spoke for over 8 hours

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi staged a record-breaking, eight-hour speech Wednesday in an attempt to force a House vote on protections for the "Dreamer" immigrants—and to prove to an increasingly angry wing of progressives and activists that she has done all she could, the AP reports. Wearing four-inch heels and forgoing... More »

Facing Deportation, Army Vet Says He'd Rather Die

Miguel Perez Jr. began a hunger strike on Wednesday

(Newser) - An Army vet and longtime green card holder has begun a hunger strike after failing to block his deportation to Mexico, which could be imminent because of a felony drug conviction. Fearing drug cartels will kill him after a failed attempt to recruit him for his military background, 39-year-old Miguel... More »

Trump 'Did What He Needed to Do' in SOTU Address

'He wanted to take a reasonable, bipartisan tone'

(Newser) - "We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag," President Trump said in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, adopting a moderate tone that insiders tell Politico was the product of weeks of planning. "He... More »

States That Benefit Most, Least From Immigration

New York is No. 1

(Newser) - Immigration is likely to be one of the topics covered in President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, and WalletHub takes a look at the subject through the lens of state economics. The site looked at all 50 states and DC under four main categories—the immigrant workforce,... More »

GOP Lawmaker on Mueller: 'Leave Him the Hell Alone'

And more from the Sunday morning talk show circuit

(Newser) - The future of Robert Mueller was the talk of the town on the Sunday morning talk shows, with politicians on both sides of the aisle weighing the need to protect the special counsel following a report Trump tried to fire him in June. "It’s pretty clear to me... More »

Things Already Looking Bleak for Trump's Immigration Plan

Democrats, some Republicans have major problems with plan released Thursday

(Newser) - An immigration plan touted as a "compromise" by the White House upon its release Thursday appears unlikely to become a reality as Democrats—and even many Republicans—have major problems with it. Politico reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer decried President Trump's plan "as a tool to... More »

1.8M Dreamers Could Get Citizenship in New WH Plan

In return, White House wants $25B for Trump's wall, massive cuts to legal immigration

(Newser) - The White House has released what it calls a "compromise" plan on immigration that gives 1.8 million Dreamers a chance at citizenship—but also includes a host of anti-immigration moves that Democrats are likely to find unacceptable, CNN reports. “This is kind of a bottom line for... More »

Trump Offers 'Breakthrough' on Immigration Deal

He's open to path to citizenship for Dreamers

(Newser) - President Trump says he wants Congress to have a deal on immigration and the border ready by the time he returns from the Davos forum in Switzerland—and he says he is open to the deal including a path for citizenship for DACA recipients. "We're going to morph... More »

Colleagues 'Outraged' at Mich. Doctor's ICE Detention

Lukasz Niec may be sent back to Poland after 40 years in US; 'I ... thought it was a prank,' wife says

(Newser) - A quarter of a century ago, 17-year-old Lukasz Niec took a plea deal on two misdemeanors—a move that might send the now-43-year-old Michigan doctor back to his native Poland, despite the fact that he's lived in the US since he was a young child, speaks no Polish, and... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

Kelly: Trump Campaign Stances 'Uninformed'

He says the president's views on immigration are 'evolving'

(Newser) - After a year in office, President Trump's views on immigration are still "evolving," and some of the promises he made during his campaign were "uninformed," according to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Insiders tell the Washington Post that during a closed-door meeting with... More »

GOP Senator on Trump: 'He Did Not Use That Word'

David Perdue defends president

(Newser) - Advocates of a program to protect young immigrants got a dose of good news with this White House decision , but then some bad news from the president himself. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed... More »

Trump Administration, Under Court Order, Taking DACA Renewals Again

But won't be accepting new applications

(Newser) - Citizenship and Immigration Services says it's resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Obama-era program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the US as children and who remain in the country illegally. The decision comes four days after a federal judge, in... More »

Trump Responds: 'This Was Not the Language Used'

President appears to deny using the word 'shithole'

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the "shithole" controversy Friday morning by appearing to deny using the word. "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," he tweeted . Unnamed sources told various news outlets that Trump used the word during... More »

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