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Rape Accusation at School Leads to Immigration Outcry

One of 2 teens accused in sexual assault came from Guatemala

(Newser) - A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the US illegally. The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate started out as a sexual assault... More »

DHS: 'Unprecedented' Drop in Illegal Immigrants From Mexico

40% decline in apprehensions from January to February of this year

(Newser) - There's usually a significant increase, of up to 20%, each January to February in the apprehension of illegal immigrants crossing over into the States from Mexico. But this year, a surprising development, the BBC reports: Based on figures released by Customs and Border Protection , January's number of 31,... More »

US Gov Considers Breaking Up Families at Border: Report

Mothers illegally entering US would be separated from their children

(Newser) - The US government is considering forcibly separating mothers found illegally entering the country from their children, according to an exclusive report. Three government officials tell Reuters the proposal is being considered by the Department of Homeland Security. Under current practice, families illegally entering the US are allowed to stay together... More »

Trump Might Let Undocumented Immigrants Stay in US After All

President says he's ready for compromise on immigration reform

(Newser) - Through his campaign, President Trump vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants; now he appears maybe ready to give millions of those immigrants a path to legal status. “The time is right for an immigration bill, as long as there is compromise on both sides,” ABC News quotes... More »

Trump's Immigration Plan Could Cost Billions to Enact

New policy could lead to millions of deportations

(Newser) - The Trump administration's massive overhaul of how the US targets and deports undocumented immigrants is becoming clearer after two memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were released Tuesday. The policy changes in those memos could open the door to millions of deportations thanks to classifying most undocumented immigrants... More »

Homeland Security Plans Aggressive Stance on Illegal Immigration

Agency wants to prosecute parents who illegally bring kids to US

(Newser) - "The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability," Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly writes in sweeping new guidelines on immigration policy. According to draft guidelines seen by the Washington Post , Kelly plans to... More »

Massive Immigration Raids 'Send a Message' Under Trump

Hundreds have been arrested this week in raids across at least 6 states

(Newser) - "People are panicking." That's the message from one immigration lawyer after hundreds of undocumented immigrants were rounded up this week by ICE agents in raids in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and the Carolinas, the Washington Post reports. According to NPR , the raids were the first... More »

She Hadn't Seen Mexico in 21 Years. Today, She Was Sent Back

Protests rage after deportation

(Newser) - The deportation of an immigrant mother in Phoenix who was granted leniency during the Obama administration provides an early example of how President Donald Trump plans to carry through on his vow to crack down on illegal immigration, the AP reports. The case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos became a... More »

One Immigrant Sanctuary Ends in Face of Trump Order

Miami-Dade's jails will hold undocumented immigrants for feds

(Newser) - President Trump's threat to withhold federal money has worked on at least one "sanctuary" jurisdiction, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, the mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County ended a 2013 policy that kept local jails from holding undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities. While Trump called the... More »

Report: Border Patrol Uses Desert to Kill Migrants

Group says tens of thousands have died or disappeared since the 1990s

(Newser) - An Arizona advocacy group says tens of thousands of people attempting to cross the US-Mexico border illegally since the 1990s have died or disappeared because the US Border Patrol uses the desert as a "weapon," the Guardian reports. In a report issued Wednesday, No More Deaths says 1,... More »

Migrant Women, Children Detained for Months in PA

They're starting a hunger strike in protest

(Newser) - In August, Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said the amount of time illegal immigrants spend at family detention centers is 20 days. But the New York Times has a look at 67 women and children who have been held in a Pennsylvania detention center for months on end, some of... More »

Trump Just Did a Massive 180 on Undocumented Immigrants

He indicates he might soften his stance

(Newser) - Both NPR and NBC are calling it a "stunning reversal": Donald Trump indicated he would back a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants in the US. "No citizenship," he said during a town hall with Sean Hannity that aired on Fox News Wednesday night. "They'll... More »

Did Melania Break Immigration Laws in Her Modeling Days?

Politico investigation raises questions that could cause her legal grief

(Newser) - The New York Post has been going to town publishing not-safe-for-work photos of Melania Trump from her early modeling days, but it's the timeline behind those images that's now raising more eyebrows. Politico backtracks through Trump's progression from Slovenian visitor to US citizen, noting dates that place... More »

Murdered Woman's Family Sues 'Sanctuary City'

They blame feds, San Francisco for killing

(Newser) - The family of a woman shot dead as she walked along a San Francisco pier last year, allegedly by a Mexican man who had been deported five times before , is suing the city and the government agencies whose failings they say led to her death. Kate Steinle's family filed... More »

Mexican Prez: Donald Trump Reminds Me of Hitler, Mussolini

President Enrique Pena Nieto issues a warning

(Newser) - Glenn Beck and Louis CK aren't the only ones comparing Donald Trump to Hitler . Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto today issued a warning about the Republican presidential front-runner, who has said Mexico will pay for a US border wall to keep out illegal immigrants, Reuters reports. "There is... More »

Report: Trump Gave 'Real' Immigration Views in 'Secret' Talk

Cruz, Rubio call for New York Times to release recording

(Newser) - Donald Trump may not be such a hardliner on illegal immigration after all. In an off-the-record discussion with New York Times editors, he revealed some flexibility on the issue—if a Buzzfeed report can be believed. Trump held the conversation with Times editors on January 5 as one of several... More »

Trump Ad Shows Moroccans, Not Mexicans, Crossing Border

But that's on purpose, his campaign says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's inaugural 2016 TV ad promises Trump will "stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for," as the screen shows people streaming over a border. But, though you may have assumed the footage is Mexicans crossing into... More »

Children of Illegal Immigrants Hurt by Texas Ruling

Judge says Texas can keep denying birth certificates to US-born kids

(Newser) - The 14th Amendment of the Constitution grants citizenship to any person born in the US regardless of the immigration status of their parents. That didn't stop a federal judge from ruling Friday that Texas officials can continue denying birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants, the Los Angeles ... More »

Poll: 41% Want Wall Along the Canadian Border

'If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way'

(Newser) - Maybe Scott Walker was on to something after all. A surprising number of Americans seem to be worried about hockey-playing hordes swarming over the border, according to a Bloomberg poll. Some 41% think there should be a "brick-and-mortar" wall along both the Canadian and Mexican borders, according to the... More »

Judge Gives 'Final' Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

Should cops be allowed to question people's immigration status?

(Newser) - Challengers of Arizona's landmark immigration law failed to show that police would enforce the statute differently for Latinos than it would for people of other ethnicities, a judge says in a ruling that dismissed the last of seven challenges to the law. The ruling could signal the end of... More »

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