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'One of Canada's Most Gruesome Killings' Ends in Surprise Verdict

Zhao Li escapes murder ruling, found guilty of manslaughter instead

(Newser) - A two-year-plus trial that drew much media attention has ended in Canada, with a verdict that's shocked many. On Tuesday, a judge on British Columbia's Supreme Court found 59-year-old Zhao Li guilty not of murder, but of manslaughter for killing and dismembering his millionaire cousin, 41-year-old Gang Yuan,... More »

He Put Up Fake Border Signs. Then He Took Them to 'Finland'

Con man arrested for swindling migrants, dumping them in Russian forest instead of the EU

(Newser) - They thought they'd found a new life in Finland—but they were really just wandering in circles in a Russian forest. The BBC reports four men from South Asia forked over more than $11,000 each to a man they thought was going to provide them safe passage to... 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 »

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 »

Cop Found Her Singing in the Subway. Now She's a Viral Hit

People want to help Emily Zamourka, a homeless immigrant—but it's complicated

(Newser) - It's "like the American Idol story, but on social media." That's how a rep for a Los Angeles councilman describes the plight of Emily Zamourka, a homeless woman discovered singing in an empty subway station by an LAPD officer. Zamourka may now have a new lease... More »

Feel Like Shouting 'Speak English'? Not Smart in NYC

City issues ban on discriminatory rhetoric like 'illegal alien,' threatening to call ICE to harass

(Newser) - New York City is cracking down on xenophobia, with new guidelines that ban calling people "illegal aliens" in an attempt to "demean, humiliate, or harass" them; threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to discriminate; or telling anyone to "speak English" or "go... More »

Ordered Out of US, Woman Faces Death Without Treatment

Isabel Bueso arrived 16 years ago to be a subject in a trial

(Newser) - Immigrants facing deportation from the US and those seeking asylum here have feared for their safety—but Isabel Bueso fears for her health. She has a rare disease, mucopolysaccharidoses, for which she receives treatment in Oakland that she couldn't get back in Guatemala. Bueso, 24, came to the US... 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 »

Planned ICE Sweep Turns Into Coffee and Doughnuts

Officials opt for a few low-key raids instead

(Newser) - A federal plan to detain at least 2,000 immigrants in a nationwide sweep Sunday has devolved into a handful of low-key raids with few if any arrests, the New York Times reports. The plan for ICE agents to dramatically round up immigrants who have removal orders—which was highly... More »

Border Patrol Refuses Donations of Diapers, Soap

Texas state Rep. Terry Canales says situation is 'disgusting'

(Newser) - A group of friends say they were ignored by Border Patrol agents while trying to deliver $340 worth of diapers, soap, and toys to a Texas facility where migrant children were said to be going without . Austin Savage, one of the group of six, says the lobby of the facility... More »

CBP: Girl From India Dies in Desert on Way to US

Death took place in 'dangerous and austere location' in Arizona

(Newser) - The body of a 7-year-old girl believed to be from India was found this week in a remote part of the Arizona desert just over the border with Mexico, a death that a Border Patrol official is calling "senseless," reports the Daily Beast . Per a Customs and Border... More »

Fierce New Visa Rules Kick In

The State Dept. imposes new application rules

(Newser) - Know anyone seeking a US visa? Now they'll have to submit their social-media information, email addresses, and past phone numbers in order to apply, CBS News reports. The new State Department rules, proposed last March , are expected to affect some 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants and 710,000 immigrant... More »

5th Migrant Child Dies in Custody of Border Patrol

Cause of Guatemalan teenager's death is unnkown

(Newser) - The US government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. US Customs and Border Protection said Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley on May 13,... More »

Mystery at the Border: Boy With Writing on Shoes

3-year-old found alone in cornfield on Tuesday

(Newser) - The popular kids show PAW Patrol flashed on a computer screen at a Border Patrol station in Texas on Tuesday. In front of the screen sat a 3-year-old boy officials had just found crying alone in a cornfield in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, not far from the US-Mexico... More »

He Went to Motel 6 to Wrap His Kids' Gifts. Then ICE Came

Just one story cited by Washington state AG in announcing $12M settlement hotel chain will pay

(Newser) - If you or any family members stayed at a Motel 6 in the state of Washington between Feb. 1, 2015, and Sept. 17, 2017, you may want to check out the latest statement from the attorney general there. Per NPR , Bob Ferguson announced that Motel 6 will pay $12 million... More »

She Died at Age 7 in CBP Custody. Now, an Official Cause of Death

Jakelin Caal Maquin died of sepsis from strep bacteria, medical examiner says

(Newser) - When Jakelin Caal Maquin arrived Dec. 6 from Guatemala at the US-Mexico border with her father and more than 100 migrants, her family says she'd eaten well during her journey and wasn't sick. By early Dec. 8, the 7-year-old was dead . Customs and Border Protection, which had taken... More »

New Shutdown Impasse Isn't About a Wall

2 sides can't agree on number of immigrants that can be detained; deadline is Friday

(Newser) - Don't look now, but the three-week reprieve that ended the recent government shutdown expires this week. If negotiators can't reach a deal before midnight Friday, a new shutdown begins, notes CNBC . What's worse, talks aren't going well . This time around, the big sticking point isn't... More »

US May Have Undercounted Children Separated at Border

Official figure of about 2.7K doesn't include kids separated before court-ordered accounting

(Newser) - Government investigators said Thursday that thousands more migrant children may have been separated from their families than the Trump administration has acknowledged. A report from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office found that family separations were occurring before the spring of last year, when the administration announced... More »

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