U.S. President Donald Trump will pick former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Cuccinelli will replace L. Francis Cissna as the head of the agency, which manages the country's legal immigration system. The White House is still figuring out what exactly Cuccinelli will be doing in his new role, the Post reported.
Six migrant children — five from Guatemala and one from El Salvador — have died in federal custody since September. Most of the children died after becoming ill in Border Patrol's crowded temporary holding areas. On Monday, a 16-year-old died after being diagnosed with the flu; 32 people in the McAllen, Texas, facility where he had been held were later quarantined with the flu. On Wednesday, the Trump administration said a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador with a history of congenital heart defects had died in a hospital in federal custody in September.
Jay Inslee has now made it official — Washington is a sanctuary state. He signed that into law on Wednesday. What the law does is prohibit local authorities from asking anybody about their immigration status. Now the entire West Coast is comprised of sanctuary states. We've seen the tragic consequences of that. I told you a couple of days ago about the 51-year-old illegal immigrant who tried to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Burien. The most tragic recent story was that of Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Thompson, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant. I had the chance to speak exclusively with Ryan's brother Aaron Thompson, who is also a cop. He told me that his brother didn't have to
PATTERSON, Calif., May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- It is a story of an anti-immigrant American teenager and border guard volunteer who accidentally gets deported to Mexico when the restaurant he works in gets raided by ICE. While in Mexico he meets an uncle, and together they piece together the truth about his father's disappearance, and he must come to grips with the truth about the Mexican heritage he spent his whole life denying. The novel is written by Mike J. Quinn, a husband and father in a multi-national family who has been trying to unite his family under American citizenship for over ten years.
Four years after implementing a policy to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, Connecticut has seen a reduction in hit-and-run crashes and a steep decline in the number of people found guilty of unlicensed driving. More than 50,000 undocumented immigrants in the state have taken written exams, vision tests and road tests to obtain driver's licenses, funneling several million dollars into the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Connecticut's experience could offer a road map for lawmakers in eight other states that are considering similar laws to widen access to driver's licenses. Some police in Connecticut remain skeptical that training and licensing undocumented immigrants
ROME (AP) — A boat carrying 58 migrants has reached the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, as flows continue despite the Italian government's strong efforts to discourage immigration. The Italian ANSA news agency said the 57 men and one woman who arrived early Friday were from Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Libya, Gambia and Bangladesh. They had departed from Libya. Just over 1,100 migrants have reached Italy this year, according to the United Nations refugee agency, compared with more than 12,600 reaching Greece. Overall, Afghans and Moroccans top the list of migrants reaching southern Europe according to UNHCR. Although Italian territory, Lampedusa is closer to north Africa than to the rest of
IPOH (Bernama): The Perak Immigration Department has crippled a human-trafficking syndicate that has been smuggling Indian nationals into Europe for the last 10 years. The department arrested the masterminds – comprising a local family of three, a man, his wife and their son. Its director Kamalludin Ismail said in the four-day operations that began on Monday (May 20), three police personnel – a sergeant and two constables aged between 22 and 57 – were also detained together with 45 Indian migrants. “The modus operandi was that the Indian nationals would be brought in by a syndicate that would contact the husband-and-wife team who would look for civilians to take them across the Malaysia-Thailand border before sending them to Europe,” Kamalludin told a press conference at the Home Ministry Complex here on Thursday (May 23) night.
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. immigration officials have told a pregnant Mexican woman who had taken sanctuary inside a Chicago church that she can stay in the United States until after the baby is born. Adilene Marquina had been told by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that she could be deported this week. But the Chicago Tribune says she was told on Thursday she will not have to leave immediately and should report to ICE on Oct. 23. Marquina is staying in the Faith, Life and Hope Mission. ICE has a policy against making arrests in places of worship. She fled to the U.S. in 2015 seeking political asylum. She waited four years for an immigration judge to deny her claim. She has two American sons
The trope that migrants bring diseases that threaten immigrant-receiving countries is among the most pervasive myths touted in anti-immigrant discourse, and one justification of racist and humiliating policies directed toward immigrants throughout history. Though there are some historical examples — such as the spread of disease from European colonizers — decades of research have debunked the idea that modern immigrants writ large pose an extreme health risk. But the rhetoric remains prevalent. Fox News commentators, such as Laura Ingraham and Marc Siegel, described immigration as a source of disease and national security risk, pointing to outbreaks of illness in immigrant detention facilities.
A medical sanctuary for migrant farmworkers On the 15-mile drive between his two Central Valley medical clinics, Dr. J. Luis Bautista often passes armies of farmworkers stooped over in the fields, picking onions, melons and tomatoes. Most of the 30,000 annual office visits to his small staff of doctors and nurses in downtown Fresno and the nearby rural town of Sanger are by these farmworkers. Many of them are undocumented. The 64-year-old physician has personal insight into the struggles of these laborers: He was once one of them. As a boy, he picked fruit alongside his parents and nine siblings in Ventura County. The family made $4,000 a year back then, a little over $30,000 in today's dollars
NEW YORK, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Promise of opportunity led Kor Mulder and his family from their home in Holland to pursue dreams of opening a dairy farm in Minnesota. Kor, his ex-wife and two children came to the U.S. on an E2 investor visa in 2001, turning 11 acres of farmland into a thriving business that generates $3.5 million/year into their community. Kor's children are no longer protected under his E2 visa, leaving them without immigration status in the U.S. This led his oldest son to go back to Holland and his youngest is departing soon.
President Donald Trump's recently unveiled immigration plan is going nowhere with members of both parties. But while this policy gridlock is nothing new on the federal level, the situation is quite different outside Washington. State and local governments are making immigration policy all the time, mostly for the worse, and often Democrats are more restrictionist than Republicans. Obviously the law can deter potential illegal migrants from entering the U.S. But so can the high cost of living. Even though there are much higher wages in the U.S. than in its neighbors to the South, a lot of those higher wages are eaten up by much higher rents — especially if the immigrant moves to a major city,
Adnan Asif Parveen is married to a U.S. citizen, held a valid work authorization and had a pending green card application.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted five people accused of forcing 14 Mexican immigrants to work in farms in Wisconsin, where they "were victims of a severe form of human trafficking." Prosecutors said in a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday that the workers had their documents seized to prevent travel and were shielded from detection by being hidden "in buildings and other places." They were forced to work under the threat of being caused "serious harm," the indictment read. The workers were sometimes denied water during hot days, worked 12-hour shifts six or seven days a week with only 30-minute lunch breaks, and were denied medical care or punished when they sought it out themselves,