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Hawaii judge blocks Trump's new travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday issued an order blocking major parts of President Trump’s newest travel ban, suggesting it violated immigration law. The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu stops the administration’s travel restrictions nationwide before they were scheduled...

  • Trump names top Kelly aide, a cybersecurity expert, to run Homeland Security

    Trump names top Kelly aide, a cybersecurity expert, to run Homeland Security

    President Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen, a cybersecurity expert and top aide to Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, to take over the Department of Homeland Security, the White House announced Wednesday. The appointment of Nielsen likely will mean a continuation of policies followed by Kelly. The...

  • Despite assurances to nervous immigrants, Sheriff's Department gave ICE assistance in jails

    Despite assurances to nervous immigrants, Sheriff's Department gave ICE assistance in jails

    Since President Trump laid out his plan for mass deportations, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has gone out of its way to reassure the public it had strict limits on cooperating with immigration officials. As the president and others demanded, among other things, that local police work...

  • Prospects of a deal for 'Dreamers' may hinge on separating Trump from hard-liners on his staff

    Prospects of a deal for 'Dreamers' may hinge on separating Trump from hard-liners on his staff

    Lawmakers who favor a deal to protect some 700,000 young immigrants facing possible deportation because of the end of the Obama administration’s DACA program are seeking to drive a wedge between President Trump and hard-liners on his staff, launching appeals directly to a president who they see...

  • As the immigration debate ramps up, here are the leading bills already pending in Congress

    As the immigration debate ramps up, here are the leading bills already pending in Congress

    When President Trump withdrew deportation protection for people who illegally came to the United States as children, he tasked Congress with crafting an immigration plan to overhaul the system. A blueprint deal he reached with Democrats emphasized protecting the so-called Dreamers while beefing...

  • Today: That DACA Deal? There’s a Catch

    The White House is demanding some hard-line immigration policies as part of its deal to give protections to roughly 700,000 so-called Dreamers; President Trump is feuding with another Republican senator; memorials remembered the victims of the Las Vegas shooting; and Harvey Weinstein is out of...

  • Trump plans to slash refugee admissions by more than half

    Trump plans to slash refugee admissions by more than half

    President Trump plans to slash the number of refugees allowed in the United States by more than half, pressing a longer-term goal of limiting legal immigration and imposing tougher vetting procedures for foreign visitors. The Trump administration has told Congress it will limit refugee admissions...

  • Opponents face uphill battle as they vow to fight Trump's new travel ban

    Opponents face uphill battle as they vow to fight Trump's new travel ban

    As soon as the White House announced President Trump’s new travel ban, advocates for immigrants roundly condemned it, vowing to fight what they described as an unconstitutional abuse of presidential authority. But after months of swift court victories blocking prior bans — often criticized as bans...

  • Detained university janitor, in U.S. for 11 years, awaits his fate

    Detained university janitor, in U.S. for 11 years, awaits his fate

    Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado's first son was born just days after he was taken into custody by federal immigration officials for deportation back to his native El Salvador. He has yet to meet his son but is told there's a resemblance. "They tell me he has my eyes," the 43-year-old said with a mix...

  • A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

    A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

    They call it the bunker. From the street in this working-class neighborhood, people passing by the two-story house can look through the window and glimpse a peace sign and various iterations of the Stars and Stripes. The formal name is emblazoned in English on a banner above the entrance: “Deported...

  • ‘Sanctuary businesses’? Tough-talking states give businesses a pass on illegal immigration

    ‘Sanctuary businesses’? Tough-talking states give businesses a pass on illegal immigration

    As part of its tough stance against illegal immigration, Texas has been one of the few states requiring state agencies to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check job applicants. The system checks Social Security numbers to make sure a prospective employee can legally work in the U.S. But...

  • Why it took so long for L.A. to embrace the 'sanctuary city' label

    Why it took so long for L.A. to embrace the 'sanctuary city' label

    When Donald Trump was elected in November, some elected officials across the country quickly reaffirmed their cities as “sanctuaries” for people in this country illegally as they braced for the president’s promised crackdown. But top politicians in Los Angeles — a center of the Trump resistance...

  • DACA brought 'Dreamers' out of the shadows. Now, some plan to only get louder

    DACA brought 'Dreamers' out of the shadows. Now, some plan to only get louder

    Bryan Peña’s parents led a life in the margins. They were immigrants living illegally in Lincoln Heights, having made the trek from Guatemala when their son was small enough to be carried on their backs. His father found work refinishing cars, and his mother cleaned homes. Both carefully guarded...

  • Trump tells Congress to resolve fate of 'Dreamers' as he phases out their protections from deportation

    Trump tells Congress to resolve fate of 'Dreamers' as he phases out their protections from deportation

    President Trump on Tuesday took action to strip away protections from deportation for roughly 800,000 people brought into the country illegally as children, giving Congress six months to write a law to resolve their plight. Trump’s long-awaited decision to get rid of the Obama-era program for so-called...

  • Among 'Dreamers,' dismay and anger over Trump's decision: 'He just rips it all away'

    Among 'Dreamers,' dismay and anger over Trump's decision: 'He just rips it all away'

    Karla Estrada expected the news that the federal program that has shielded her from deportation to Mexico for much of her life was in danger. But hearing it still hurt. The 26-year-old Los Angeles paralegal assistant, one of America’s 800,000-strong “Dreamers” in the Deferred Action for Childhood...

  • Trump's phaseout of DACA is facing legal challenges

    Trump's phaseout of DACA is facing legal challenges

    President Trump’s repeal of an Obama-era program that shielded hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” from deportation faces a determined challenge in the courts from immigrant rights lawyers who call the change abrupt, unjustified and unconstitutional. But they recognize it will not be easy to block...

  • Republicans face a divisive fight over immigrants that could define the party's future

    Republicans face a divisive fight over immigrants that could define the party's future

    President Trump’s decision to rescind a popular program that protected the most sympathetic of immigrants here illegally — those who were brought as children by their parents — poses a huge threat to his party, forcing Republican lawmakers to choose between the party’s nativist wing, which strongly...

  • Read the full statement from President Trump on ending the DACA program

    Read the full statement from President Trump on ending the DACA program

    President Donald Trump released a statement Tuesday morning explaining why he is phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which shields nearly 800,000 young people from deportation. Are you a DACA participant? We want to hear from you » *** Statement from President...

  • Trump's statement on the move to phase out DACA

    Trump's statement on the move to phase out DACA

    As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because...

  • For Texas immigrants, Harvey came at an already tense time

    For Texas immigrants, Harvey came at an already tense time

    With Hurricane Harvey barreling toward his house in Corpus Christi and his family waiting it out in San Antonio, the young man’s mother made a comment that will stick with him. If there’s nothing left when we get back to Corpus Christi, she said, we’re going back to Mexico. It caught 22-year-old...

  • Federal judge blocks implementation of controversial Texas law banning 'sanctuary cities'

    Federal judge blocks implementation of controversial Texas law banning 'sanctuary cities'

    A federal judge in Texas has temporarily halted the implementation of a controversial new state law that seeks to outlaw so-called sanctuary cities. Senate Bill 4, which had been set to take effect on Friday, aims to force municipalities to help detain immigrants in the country illegally. U.S....

  • L.A. immigrant detained while taking his daughters to school is released

    L.A. immigrant detained while taking his daughters to school is released

    The call they had been waiting for came just before the sun set on a blazing day. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez told his wife, Norma, that he was finally getting out of the immigration detention facility. “Your dad is out!” she told her four daughters. Six months ago, Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, an immigrant...

  • Trump sends message with Arpaio pardon: The federal government expects local help enforcing immigration laws

    Trump sends message with Arpaio pardon: The federal government expects local help enforcing immigration laws

    To President Trump and many of his supporters, Joe Arpaio is a national hero whose aggressive pursuit of people in the country illegally and cooperation with federal immigration authorities should be a model for cities and counties around the country. “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?”...

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