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U.S. Homeland Security chief Nielsen resigns

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:59 AM

US president Donald Trump reportedly blamed Kirstjen Nielsen for a recent surge in the number of migrants crossing the southern border and felt she wasn't tough enough to implement his crackdown

RESIGNS. In this file photo taken on October 12, 2017, Kirstjen Nielsen listens as US President Donald Trump nominates her as next US Secretary of Homeland Security in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Sunday, April 7, 2019 announced Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the front-line defender of the administration's controversial immigration policies, would leave her position. "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service," Trump tweeted.  Mandel NGAN / AFP

2nd Guatemalan migrant child dies in U.S. custody

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The Guatemalan government has called on the US to conduct a clear investigation into how the child died

Body of Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody returns home

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal while in United States custody reignites a debate on immigration policy and the treatment of migrants

U.S. agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross from Mexico

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Border officials in San Diego, California, say on Twitter they temporarily closed the San Ysidro crossing point – one of the busiest between the two countries – to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The order was lifted some hours later.

BLOCKED. Mexican Police officers block the way to Central American migrants wanting to reach the El Chaparral border crossing close to the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

PH to help OFWs hit by proposed green card restrictions

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We'd like to work with the US. We have a special relationship,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

TOP OFFICIALS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (center) and his undersecretaries, Jose Luis Montales (left) and Sarah Lou Arriola (right), attend a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Proposed U.S. law to clamp down on green card holders on benefits

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The US Department of Homeland Security estimates the rule will affect just over 382,200 immigrants applying to adjust their status to lawful permanent residents each year

US moves to remove limits on detaining immigrant children

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The Department of Homeland Security files a proposal in the Federal Register indicating it would end its adherence to the Flores Settlement, a 1997 agreement with a federal court to not detain children separated from their parents for more than 20 days

CHILDREN'S FATE. This June 21, 2018 file photo shows security personal standing before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. government still holds 565 immigrant children

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:53 AM

The Office of Refugee Resettlement says that parents of 366 of the 565 children are outside of the United States, some of which were against reunification with the children or were flagged as threats

A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018.  US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would sign an executive order to keep migrant families together at the border with Mexico, amid an escalating uproar over the separation of children from their parents. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ

U.S. judge praises gov't on reunifications, demands more

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The government insists the deadline has been met, as the families of those remaining are ineligible for a variety of reasons. Judge Dana Sabraw says that finding the deported parents must be the 'the second stage.'

'NO BORDERS'. Activists rally against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the New York City offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), July 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

700 separated children still in U.S. custody after deadline

Jul 27, 2018 - 1:44 PM

US officials tell a California court 1,442 children aged five and older had been reunited with their parents, but more than 700 children remain in custody

POOR KIDS. This June 21, 2018 file photo shows security personal standing before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults.Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Less than half of 102 migrant children to rejoin parents by deadline

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ordered by a judge to reunite all children under the age of 5 with their families by July 10, officials say 4 have already rejoined their parents and another 34 reunifications will take place through the day

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. judge extends deadline for reuniting migrant children

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The decision comes after a government lawyer says around half of the 102 young children could be placed back with their parents by the previously given deadline of Tuesday, July 10

DROPPED OFF. In this file photo taken on June 17, 2018 immigrants wait to head to a nearby Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through 'catch and release' immigration policy in McAllen, Texas. File photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Thousands march against U.S. immigration policy

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol

OUTCRY. Demonstrators rally against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

U.S. judge orders separated families be reunited

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The judge also issues an injunction against any more family separations

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Trump claims victory on travel ban, but border crackdown on hold

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The US Supreme Court ruling validates the 3rd and most recent version of the ban, which applies to travelers from 5 mainly Muslim nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – and from North Korea, about 150 million people in total

SUPREME COURT. This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Broadway stars to rally against migrant family separations

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Tina Fey, Idina Menzel, and Audra McDonald are some of the artists scheduled to perform

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U.S. states sue Washington over immigrant separation

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We have no way to predict from one day to the next what this president's policies or intentions are,' Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says in a statement

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

'I really don't care': Melania Trump jacket stuns on migrant visit

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:32 AM

A tone-deaf sartorial decision – or a hidden message from the first lady? And if so, to whom?

MIGRANT VISIT. US First Lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Rorce Base in Maryland June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words 'I really don't care, do you?' following her surprise visit with child migrants on the US-Mexico border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Some U.S. migrant children shelters accused of violations – report

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The new report cites government and other reports for accusations of physical and sexual abuse, and violations of standards for children's safety and care. The alleged breaches occur at privately-run shelters where migrant children receive long-term housing.

TENT ENCAMPMENT. Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Clooneys open wallets as celebrities attack family separations

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:49 AM

John Legend and Bruce Springsteen are among the other artists who call on the Trump administration to stop the separation of children from their parents at the US border

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Honoree George Clooney (L) and Amal Clooney attend the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. 389980 Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Turner/AFP

Trump orders halt to family separations

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) Despite the order, reports say there is no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families

SIGNED. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence (R), signs an executive order that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States on June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The order would detain parents and children together. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

UK PM calls U.S. images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The British Prime Minister Theresa May says: 'On what we have seen in the United States, pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing... this is wrong'

DISTURBED. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

Anger mounts in Hollywood over Fox immigration coverage

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:23 PM

'Modern Family' creator Steve Levitan and 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane are among the celebrities that publicly slam the network

SPEAKING OUT. Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth MacFarlane, and Steve Levitan take to Twitter to slam the Fox News. File photos from AFP

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trump urges Republicans to fix family separation crisis

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of House Democrats yell out at Donald Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress

US IMMIGRATION. (R-L) U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) hold signs as they stage a protest outside a meeting between US President Donald Trump and House Republicans at the US Capitol June 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Why is the Trump administration separating immigrant families?

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Here is a look at the key facts and figures behind the crisis

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says U.S. not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States,' President Donald Trump says. 'Not on my watch.'

US BORDER. People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images/AFP

UN rights chief condemns migrant family separations at U.S. border

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:26 PM

'The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein during the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

HUMAN RIGHTS. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP

Trump defends border policy as UN says childrens' rights violated

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the 'zero tolerance' policy is legal and necessary to deter the thousands of families crossing the border and asking for asylum each month

BORDER POLICY. The Trump administration defends its policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents. File photo by AFP

Trump says some migrants are 'animals'

May 17, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country,' US President Donald Trump tells California Republicans visiting the White House

'ANIMALS'? US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 25. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case

Apr 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joins in a 5-4 ruling stating that the legal definition of a crime of violence – which is being used to deport Philippines-born James Garcia Dimaya – is too vague

SURPRISE VOTE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch speaks after he was sworn-in as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump gives many Liberians a year to quit U.S.

Mar 28, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US President Donald Trump says in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that he would accord the Liberians a 12-month 'wind-down' period to prepare their departure

ON IMMIGRANTS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump attends an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

California at 'war' with Washington over immigration – governor

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:57 AM

California Governor Jerry Brown is visibly angry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused the state of deliberately obstructing enforcement of federal law by offering undocumented immigrants sanctuary protections

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

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A person watches northern lights (Aurora borealis) on March 3, 2018 in Unstad, in the arctic circle in northern Norway. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier MORIN

Uncertain future for 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:30 AM

With Dreamers and advocates stressing that the immigrants remain in legal limbo, US President Donald Trump insists he is ready to negotiate a solution

PROTEST. A marcher passes the tents of homeless people at an encampment as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

US immigration agents crack down on 'sanctuary state' California

Feb 03, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The raids took place in cities including San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in the north of California

PROTEST. A marcher passes the tents of homeless people at an encampment as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. immigration authority formalizes courthouse arrest policy

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:13 AM

The measure allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to enter local, state and federal courts to arrest immigrants with pending deportation cases

ICE agents visiting a home. File image courtesy US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Trump proposes U.S. citizenship plan for 1.8M undocumented immigrants

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:16 AM

US President Donald Trump's comprehensive plan would require Congress to budget $25 billion for a 'trust fund' for constructing a wall on the US-Mexico border – a major plank of Trump's White House campaign

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Trump travel ban to take effect pending court appeal

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:52 AM

(UPDATED) The US Supreme Court says that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from 6 mainly Muslim countries pending appeal

ARRIVALS. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R Smith/AFP

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

U.S. judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:28 AM

The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new U.S. travel ban

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Sudan, one of 6 majority-Muslim countries on the original travel ban, is removed from the list, leaving 8 nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States

AIRPORT ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump, claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security, while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court keeps tight refugee ban in place

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Justices accept the administration s emergency petition to stay a ruling by the San Francisco Appeals Cour that would have allowed thousands of refugees already in the pipeline to come to the United States despite the ban

Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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U.S. Supreme Court: Grandparents, grandkids exempted from Trump travel ban

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The court accepted a Hawaii federal judge s ruling last week that the Trump administration had too narrowly defined what constitutes close family relationships in its travel ban exemptions

JFK ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport, June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump travel ban to take partial effect

Jun 29, 2017 - 1:29 PM

But implementation of the order after 5 months of legal challenges could be chaotic in part due to the meaning of a key term used in the court s ruling: bona fide

JFK ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport, June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP