Baker signs bill creating new driver’s license requirements

Baker signs bill creating new driver’s license requirements

BOSTON (AP) – Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill bringing Massachusetts into compliance with new federal requirements for driver’s licenses and other identification cards.

The requirements under the REAL-ID Act will make it easier for residents to enter … Read Full Story

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Federal immigration court backlog tops 500,000 pending cases

Federal immigration court backlog tops 500,000 pending cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned.
The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases … Read Full Story

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OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration stands as most glaring failure

OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration stands as most glaring failure

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hours after the Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. … Read Full Story

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Administration asks new immigration review with 9 justices

Administration asks new immigration review with 9 justices

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says the Supreme Court should seek to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench.

The Justice Department request filed Monday argues that … Read Full Story

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Supreme Court will review unusual citizenship law

Supreme Court will review unusual citizenship law

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee a dispute about an odd piece of U.S. citizenship law that treats men and women differently.

The justices said they will hear a case about a law that applies only … Read Full Story

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Obama concedes court tie means game over on immigration plan

Obama concedes court tie means game over on immigration plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sought to reassure millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally that he has no plans to deport them, while acknowledging that the Supreme Court’s deadlock Thursday marks the end of the road for his … Read Full Story

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San Francisco retains immigrant sanctuary protections

San Francisco retains immigrant sanctuary protections

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Despite national outrage after a Mexican man killed a woman along a waterfront pier, San Francisco officials upheld the city’s strict sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally.

The Board of Supervisors voted … Read Full Story

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Undocumented immigrants have prosperous careers

Undocumented immigrants have prosperous careers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The world of undocumented immigrants includes maids and farmworkers, several families under one roof and people living in the shadows.

But it’s also the world of a North Miami couple that owns a successful remodeling … Read Full Story

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Justices hear dispute over Obama immigration actions

Justices hear dispute over Obama immigration actions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally.

The Obama administration is asking the justices in arguments Monday to allow it … Read Full Story

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Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama

Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants.

The White House has countered that Obama … Read Full Story

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Court: Alcoholism can’t be used to deny deportation relief

Court: Alcoholism can’t be used to deny deportation relief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court has struck down a law that allows immigration officials to deny people relief from deportation for being habitually drunk.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday habitual drunkenness is the … Read Full Story

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Obama admin using unpopular raids to curb border crossings

Obama admin using unpopular raids to curb border crossings

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families.

The politically fraught endeavor is a follow-through on a … Read Full Story

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Clinton vows not to deport children from US

Clinton vows not to deport children from US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are continuing to fight over the details of immigration policy.

Clinton vowed at Wednesday’s Democratic president debate not to deport children and immigrants without a criminal record. She said she will prioritize … Read Full Story

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Rhode Island woman admits to fraud in immigration scheme

Rhode Island woman admits to fraud in immigration scheme

BOSTON (AP) – A Rhode Island woman has pleaded guilty to her role on a scheme in which she defrauded immigrants out of $800,000 by promising to provide documents that would allow them to legally live in the United States.… Read Full Story

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22 Senate Dems seek deportation raid halt, break with Obama

22 Senate Dems seek deportation raid halt, break with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids, highlighting anew the schism within the party over the administration’s handling of Central American immigrants.

In a letter, the … Read Full Story

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AP investigation: Feds’ failures imperil migrant children

AP investigation: Feds’ failures imperil migrant children

LOS ANGELES (AP) – As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually … Read Full Story

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Supreme Court sets election-year clash on immigration

Supreme Court sets election-year clash on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive order to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to “come out of the shadows” and work … Read Full Story

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Project will put WWI poetry by American immigrants online

Project will put WWI poetry by American immigrants online

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – American immigrants wrote an “enormous body” of poetry in response to World War I, a University of Kansas researcher says.

But most isn’t readable without physically digging into a variety of repositories scattered across the country … Read Full Story

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