immigration
ARTICLE FINDER

Bipartisan group in U.S. Senate unveils immigration plan, defying Trump

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The potential breakthrough comes as efforts to resolve the fate of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children entered a crucial period in a week set aside for debate on immigration

BIPARTISAN LEADER. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

OFWs with prior contracts can return to Kuwait – immigration chief

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Kuwaiti-bound Filipinos with short-term non-working visas are also not covered by the ban,' says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BALIK MANGGAGAWA. As part of the labor department's Balik Manggagawa program, Filipino workers with prior contracts can still return to Kuwait despite a deployment ban.

Second U.S. judge blocks Trump order to end 'Dreamer' program

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:16 AM

On February 16, the Supreme Court will consider whether to take on the issue. If the high court accepts the case, a decision is unlikely until late spring.

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. Senate stumbles in seeking elusive immigration fix

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This raises prospects of Congress and President Donald Trump falling short in striking a deal on border security and the legalization of young immigrants

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pelosi gives longest U.S. House speech in more than a century

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Nancy Pelosi speaks for more than 8 hours about protecting young undocumented migrants from deportation

RECORD BREAKER. A TV shows U.S. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) giving a lengthy immigration speech on the House floor during the opening press conference for the 2018 House Democratic Issues Conference February 7, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

The week in photos: January 27-February 2, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 7:45 PM

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

A super blue blood moon behind a mountain is seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, on January 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Heiko JUNGE / Norway OUT

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

UN experts on Rappler, New Duterte appointees, Trump immigration plan | Midday wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

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

Countdown begins for tough EU asylum reform by June

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The European Commission aims to insist all member countries accept controversial refugee quotas at the talks in Sofia with the 28-nation bloc's interior ministers

TOPIC: EU ASYLUM. EU Commissioner of Migration & Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during an interview at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 23, 2018. John Thys/AFP

U.S. shutdown extended as crunch vote delayed

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:57 AM

(UPDATED) The shutdown casts a huge shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president and highlights the deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Trump: 'I'm not a racist'

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump: 'I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.'

'NOT RACIST' US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump uses slur to describe immigrants from Haiti, Africa

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The comments spark anger among Democrats and Republicans and revive questions about US President Donald Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

U.S. immigration agents raid 7-11 stores

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:27 AM

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 21 undocumented immigrants in the raids of 7-Eleven franchises in 17 states and the capital

TARGETED. People walk into a 7-Eleven store in Washington, DC on January 10, 2018. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump calls US courts 'unfair' after 'Dreamers' ruling

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The White House calls the Tuesday ruling by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco 'outrageous,' coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both camps on the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

ENDING DACA. Immigrants and supporters demonstrate during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in front of the White House on September 5, 2017 in Washington DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Nazareno 2018, PAO probes Dengvaxia death, U.S. on Salvadoran immigrants | Midday wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

U.S. set to expel around 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Monday is the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security to rule on extending Temporary Protection Status for the Salvadorans

IMMIGRANTS. This file photo shows a young woman wraps herself in the US and El Salvadoran flags in a rally in Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte OKs use of express lane fees for immigration workers' salaries, overtime

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Duterte nudges Congress to enact a new Immigration Law in 2018 to address low salary brackets of employees

Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

'Terror' bomber strikes NY subway, 3 hurt

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:18 PM

(6TH UPDATE) The blast – which took place in the station at the Port Authority bus terminal, not far from New York's iconic Times Square – sparked commuter panic and travel disruptions

RESPONDERS. New York City Police Department officers and other first responders work the scene near the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Fancy living in Europe? Try citizenship by investment

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:49 PM

You can acquire a Cyprus passport, and have access to the wider EU, in as little as 6 to 12 months with a 2-million euro investment

First phase of OFW ID implementation starts

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the OFW ID will still be given for free

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 5, 2017

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

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

DOJ puts Singson, Abad on immigration lookout over P8.7-billion road scam

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also names a witness to the alleged scam – Roberto Catapang Jr

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59,000 Haitians

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle blasted the decision to repatriate the Haitians within 18 months, removing the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) they received after the devastating 2010 earthquake

BACKLASH OVER TPS DECISION. 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. Saul Loeb/AFP

Germany in political crisis as coalition talks collapse

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:13 AM

(UPDATED) The talks, which turned increasingly acrimonious, stumbles on issues including the divisive matter of immigration

FACING A CRISIS. In this photo, German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte wants U.S. lawmakers critical of drug war on immigration blacklist

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

If he can't stop them from entering the country, President Duterte says he will 'protest' their visit and meet them at the Philippine airport to show his disapproval

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, relays the key points of his keynote address during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. The President cited that while globalization has its benefits, it has somehow stunted the growth of some developing countries. He went on to suggest that highly-developed countries should give more opportunities to MSMEs especially from developing countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump vows crackdown after New York attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) Trump pledges sweeping changes to curb immigration and later calls for the attacker to be put to death

PRIME SUSPECT. This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections in the midwestern US state of Missouri on October 31, 2017 shows Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed 8 people in New York on October 31, 2017. St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections/AFP


#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 2, 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of the news you need to know this Thursday.

ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Canada to boost immigration to 1M over 3 years

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:11 AM

The arrivals – in economic and family categories, as well as refugees – would push up the population of Canada by about 0.9% each year

MAPLE LEAF FLAG. A Canada flag flies in the wind on Centre Court during Day 1 of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre on July 25, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Tense standoff at Australia asylum-seeker camp

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hundreds of fearful refugees are urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea, as conditions worsened with power and water cut off in a tense standoff

STANDOFF. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Jee Geronimo

Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ puts UST's Divina on immigration lookout over Atio Castillo case

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:36 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the names in the lookout order check out with the names that appear in the group chat of Aegis Juris alumni who held a meeting when Castillo was killed

LOOKOUT. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina, also an alumnus of Aegis Juris fraternity, is on the immigration lookout order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S.-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:20 AM

The new measures come as President Donald Trump's administration works to toughen controls on refugees and immigrants amid security worries

LINING UP. In this file photo, passengers queue up as they arrive at the departures area at Manila's international airport on March 23, 2016. Noel Celis/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

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Senate to allow BI to use express lane fees for overtime pay in 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the same provision in the 2017 budget, leading to the mass resignation and leave of immigration personnel

Trump's migration demands throw Dreamer deal into doubt

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Trump presents Congress with a list of hardline immigration demands as a quid-pro-quo for protecting the so-called 'Dreamers'

In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Trump sends Congress immigration legislation priorities

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The list, which also includes preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families to move to the US, draws immediate fire from Democratic leaders in Congress, who said it goes 'far beyond what is reasonable'

IMMIGRATION PROTEST. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act, near the Trump Tower in New York on October 5, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Marilou Danley leaves Philippines for Los Angeles

Oct 04, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Australian citizen Marilou Danley left the Philippines in the evening of October 3, the Bureau of Immigration says

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