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Video of Migrant Teen's Last Hours Raises Questions

An ailing Carlos Vasquez died in a holding cell and was not spotted for hours

(Newser) - In the early morning hours of May 20, 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died in his Border Patrol holding cell in Texas. Now, the journalism organization ProPublica has obtained video from his final hours, and it raises questions about the treatment and supervision of the sick Guatemalan teenager. Be warned:... More »

US Government's Fake University Sting Yielded 250 Arrests

90 more arrests have been made since sting initially made headlines

(Newser) - The federal government says it has arrested about 250 foreigners who knowingly enrolled at a phony school in suburban Detroit so they could remain in the US, the AP reports. The Detroit Free Press reports that nearly 80% of those have voluntarily left the country. The Homeland Security Investigations Detroit... More »

Minors Who Sought Asylum With Their Families Now Return Alone

135 such children are in US custody and, for now, can't be sent back

(Newser) - Children as young as 4 are crossing the US-Mexico border alone in what CNN reports is a dangerous consequence of the Trump administration's policy of requiring some migrants to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases play out. Some 60,000 migrants seeking asylum in the US have been... More »

Biden to Protester: 'You Should Vote for Trump'

Joe Biden was confronted by activists at Lander University in South Carolina

(Newser) - Joe Biden got a little frustrated with protesters at a town hall event Thursday and even told one of them to go "vote for Trump," Fox News reports. Speaking before roughly 800 people at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, Biden was confronted by an immigration activist who compared... More »

Court Looks Ready to Give Trump Wish on Immigrants

But we won't know fate of DACA for sure until the spring

(Newser) - It's a big day for Dreamers—the nickname given to young US immigrants brought here illegally by their parents. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can end an Obama-era program that protects the immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. No... More »

The Immigration Numbers Are in—With a Big Surprise

The Census Bureau released data from the Brookings Institution

(Newser) - New immigration data includes one no-brainer—that immigration influx is down—and one possible surprise about where immigrants are choosing to live, City Lab reports. Released by the Census Bureau and gathered by a Brookings Institution demographer, the analysis says America's immigrant population grew by only 200,000 from... More »

Judge Freezes Trump Plan Tying Green Cards to Benefits

Rule would turn down immigrants on Medicaid or food stamps

(Newser) - A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked President Trump's plan to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, and other government benefits. US District Judge George Daniels' ruling Friday prevents the policy from taking effect Oct. 15, the AP reports. The Trump administration... More »

Here Are the 10 Most Diverse Cities in America

Half of the top 10 are in one state

(Newser) - Since we were kids in school, we've heard America pumped up as a "melting pot" of cultures. To see which cities could stake the best claims to a diverse population, 24/7 Wall St. looked at US Census Bureau data for major metropolitan areas around the country, figuring out... More »

Critics: New Trump Rule on Visas a 'Catch-22'

Immigrants will need to prove they can pay for own health care

(Newser) - Immigrants hoping to find a place to the US will need to have an additional source of funding now if they want to get their visa. The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal report that a proclamation was signed Friday by President Trump mandating that, starting Nov. 3, immigrants... More »

Officials Rule Unanimously on Teacher Who Tweeted Trump

Georgia Clark had made anti-immigration remarks in her tweets

(Newser) - A Texas teacher has lost her appeal to be rehired after losing her job over anti-immigration comments in tweets to President Trump, CBS-DFW reports. Georgia Clark thought the tweets—one of which said the high school where she taught was "taken over" by "illegal students from Mexico"—... More »

Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint

Steve King says claims of immigrants drinking out of toilets are overblown, but AOC fires back

(Newser) - Seldom has a drink of water caused such a political controversy. But Congressman Steve King's gulp at an immigration detention facility has reignited a debate about conditions on the US-Mexico border and drawn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the fray. The details about what's going on:
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Immigrant Who Killed Woman on SF Pier Wins Again

An appeals court reverses decision against Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate

(Newser) - A California state appeals court on Friday threw out the sole conviction against an immigrant who fatally shot a young woman on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015 in a case that sparked a national immigration debate, the AP reports. Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate was acquitted of murder in the killing... More »

Cuccinelli: Poem on Statue of Liberty Refers to Europeans

CNN's Erin Burnett pressed Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night

(Newser) - Ken Cuccinelli offered up some literary analysis on Tuesday. The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services first grabbed headlines Tuesday morning when he offered an update to Emma Lazarus' famous poem on the Statue of Liberty during an NPR interview about a major change to immigration law announced a... More »

Statue of Liberty Poem Gets a New Twist

'Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet," says immigration official Ken Cuccinelli

(Newser) - A major change to US immigration law unveiled on Monday has drawn attention to the famous poem on the Statue of Liberty that welcomes the "huddled masses" to US shores. The new law will favor would-be citizens who can step right into a job over those who might need... More »

New Rule Penalizes Immigrants Who Get Federal Aid

They might be denied green cards if they're deemed to be a 'public charge'

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers, or other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal... More »

'Jimmy Was Found Dead Today in Iraq'

Attorney says Jimmy Aldaoud, deported in June, was a diabetic with mental health issues

(Newser) - "Jimmy was found dead today in Iraq." That was the Facebook announcement Wednesday from immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who revealed the fate of friend Jimmy Aldaoud, a Detroit man deported in June amid the Trump administration's immigration roundups. Aldaoud—who Bajoka says was a diabetic suffering from... More »

US Just Had Its Largest Immigration Sting in a Decade

680 arrested at Mississippi food processing plants

(Newser) - US immigration officials raided numerous Mississippi food processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in what marked the largest workplace sting in at least a decade, the AP reports. The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours before President Trump was scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas, the majority-Latino... More »

Texas Shooting Gets Official Designation

And an anti-immigrant screed has been linked to the shooter

(Newser) - A Justice Department official says the federal government is treating the El Paso shooting that killed 20 people as a "domestic terrorist" case, the AP reports. US Attorney John Bash said Sunday in El Paso that the feds are also investigating the attack at a shopping plaza with a... More »

US-Born Teen Detained by Border Patrol Released

Francisco Erwin Galicia's case became immigration flashpoint

(Newser) - A US-born 18-year-old was released from immigration custody Tuesday after wrongfully being detained for more than three weeks, the AP reports. Francisco Erwin Galicia left a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, Texas, on Tuesday. His lawyer, Claudia Galan, confirmed he had been released, less than a... More »

Detained Texas Teen Is New Immigration Flashpoint

US-born Francisco Erwin Galicia has been held 3 weeks, says attorney

(Newser) - Francisco Erwin Galicia was born in Dallas 18 years ago and has lived in the city all his life, says his attorney. The problem is that Galicia has been held by Customs and Border Protection for three weeks now after being stopped at a checkpoint, the attorney says, and his... More »

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