New Jersey’s top court rules for abused immigrant children

New Jersey’s top court rules for abused immigrant children

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Immigrant children who fled abuse and abandonment in their home countries only need to show that one parent mistreated them for authorities to consider granting them legal residency, New Jersey’s top court ruled Wednesday.

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Lawyers: US-born kids harmed by denial of birth certificates

Lawyers: US-born kids harmed by denial of birth certificates

Lawyers say US-born kids harmed by Texas denying birth certificates to immigrant parents

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Lawyers asked a judge to intervene on the behalf of immigrant families who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because Texas … Read Full Story

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Immigration lawyer says she was barred from detention center

Immigration lawyer says she was barred from detention center

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An immigration lawyer says she was denied entry to a detention center in Southern California after participating in peaceful vigils at the site.

Attorneys on Tuesday sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement alleging that … Read Full Story

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Court: People in US illegally have the right to carry guns

Court: People in US illegally have the right to carry guns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has ruled that people in the United States without permission have a constitutional right to carry guns but still can’t legally possess them.

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Lawyers: Immigrant family detention still lengthy and unsafe

Lawyers: Immigrant family detention still lengthy and unsafe

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A group of immigrant rights lawyers say that detention of women and children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally is lengthy and unsafe, challenging the government’s claims that immigrant families are held only briefly and that … Read Full Story

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Immigrant families released faster from detention centers

Immigrant families released faster from detention centers

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Mothers with children are being released from Texas immigrant detention centers more quickly in the weeks since the nation’s top immigration official announced policy changes, with far more being given ankle-monitoring bracelets in lieu of paying … Read Full Story

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Report: 1,800 immigrants re-arrested after release from jail

Report: 1,800 immigrants re-arrested after release from jail

LOS ANGELES (AP) – More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.

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Complaint: Family detention can lead to psychological harm

Complaint: Family detention can lead to psychological harm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security.

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Senate GOP denies funds for lawyers for immigrant children

Senate GOP denies funds for lawyers for immigrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) – A GOP-controlled Senate panel on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s request for $50 million to pay for legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in Central America.

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A look at where the 2016 hopefuls stand on immigration

A look at where the 2016 hopefuls stand on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration, a prominent issue as the presidential campaign begins in earnest, is a complicated, emotional and broad subject. But for political purposes there’s a very real question to be answered: What to do about the estimated 11 million … Read Full Story

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US: Work permits issued after immigration action delayed

US: Work permits issued after immigration action delayed

HOUSTON (AP) – The U.S. government says it “erroneously” awarded three-year work permits to 2,000 people under President Barack Obama’s executive immigration action after a judge had put the plan on hold.

The revelation is the second time the federal … Read Full Story

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Clinton pushes immigration overhaul to campaign forefront

Clinton pushes immigration overhaul to campaign forefront

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton is giving immigration a prominent role in her 2016 presidential campaign, reassuring skeptics and seeking to cast Republican presidential candidates as obstacles to overhauling the nation’s immigration system.

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Deportation of immigrants continue to decline under Obama

Deportation of immigrants continue to decline under Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants in nearly a decade, according to internal government data obtained by The Associated Press.

As of April 20, federal immigration officials sent home 127,378 … Read Full Story

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New Ellis Island center to complete US immigration story

New Ellis Island center to complete US immigration story

NEW YORK (AP) – A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America’s immigration history.

The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the … Read Full Story

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Watchdog: ICE could have saved millions on detainee flights

Watchdog: ICE could have saved millions on detainee flights

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A Homeland Security Department internal watchdog says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have saved millions of dollars on charter flights carrying deported immigrants to their home countries by not leaving seats empty.

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Judge denies request to let immigration action take effect

Judge denies request to let immigration action take effect

HOUSTON (AP) – A federal judge in Texas has kept in place a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice request that he allow … Read Full Story

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Denver schools take lead in hiring DREAMer teachers

Denver schools take lead in hiring DREAMer teachers

DENVER (AP) – Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, … Read Full Story

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Appeals court sets April hearing on Obama immigration action

Appeals court sets April hearing on Obama immigration action

HOUSTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has scheduled an April 17 court hearing to listen to arguments about whether to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of … Read Full Story

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