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illegal migration at us border at lowest point in 17 years: kelly


u.s. homeland security secretary john kelly told a senate panel on wednesday that apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the u.s.-mexico border was below 17,000 in march, marking the least migration since at least 2000.in february, 23,589 immigrants were apprehended at the border, according to data by u.s. customs and border protection.kelly credited president donald trump’s tough immigration policies for the decline.(reporting by julia edwards ainsley; editing by chizu nomiyama)






white house weighs dramatically expanding dhs powers to expedite deportations


the trump administration is weighing a new policy to dramatically expand the department of homeland security's powers to expedite the deportations of some illegal immigrants.since 2004, the agency has been authorized to bypass immigration courts only for immigrants who had been living in the country illegally for less than two weeks and were apprehended within 100 miles of the border.under the proposal, the agency would be empowered to seek the expedited removal of illegal immigrants apprehended anywhere in the united states who cannot prove they have lived in the country continuously for more than 90 days, according to a 13-page internal agency memo obtained by the washington post.the new guidelines, if enacted, would represent a major expansion of the agency's authority to speed up depor






in memo, trump administration weighs expanding the expedited deportation powers


by abigail hauslohner and david nakamura, the washington postthe trump administration is weighing a new policy to dramatically expand the department of homeland security’s powers to expedite the deportations of some illegal immigrants.since 2004, the agency has been authorized to bypass immigration courts only for immigrants who had been living in the country illegally for less than two weeks and were apprehended within 100 miles of the border.under the proposal, the agency would be empowered to seek the expedited removal of illegal immigrants apprehended anywhere in the united states who cannot prove they have lived in the country continuously for more than 90 days, according to a 13-page internal agency memo obtained by the washington post.the new guidelines, if enacted, would represent






migrant youths often become exploited workers in us


this article originally appeared on the conversation. the trump administration has released a series of executive orders targeting immigration at the u.s. southern border. central american families and children traveling alone represent nearly half of all unauthorized migrants apprehended by customs and border protection. the criminalization of immigrants at the u.s. southern border disproportionately affects central…






volunteers accompany us immigrants to court to allay fears


new york (ap) — when salvadoran immigrant joselin marroquin-torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in new york and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it.“thank you,” the judge said. “what is your relation to joselin?”“i am a friend,” responded retired chemist marisa lohse, who has accompanied dozens of immigrants to such hearings.lohse is among hundreds of volunteers, including preachers, law students and retirees, who’ve stepped up to accompany people in the u.s. illegally to court hearings and meetings with immigration officials, guiding them through an often intimidating process.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.some of them say the accompaniment is more important than ever since republican






volunteers accompany us immigrants to court to allay fears


new york — when salvadoran immigrant joselin marroquin-torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in new york and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it."thank you," the judge said. "what is your relation to joselin?""i am a friend," responded retired chemist marisa lohse, who has accompanied dozens of immigrants to such hearings.lohse is among hundreds of volunteers, including preachers, law students and retirees, who've stepped up to accompany people in the u.s. illegally to court hearings and meetings with immigration officials, guiding them through an often intimidating process.some of them say the accompaniment is more important than ever since republican president donald trump expanded the definition of deportable o






volunteers usher us immigrants to court to allay their fears


new york — when salvadoran immigrant joselin marroquin-torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in new york and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it."thank you," the judge said. "what is your relation to joselin?""i am a friend," replied retired chemist marisa lohse, who has accompanied dozens of immigrants to such hearings.lohse is among hundreds of volunteers, including preachers, law students and retirees, who've stepped up to accompany people in the u.s. illegally to court hearings and meetings with immigration officials, guiding them through an often intimidating process.some of them say the accompaniment is more important than ever since republican president donald trump expanded the definition of deportable off






border arrests rise slightly in june, but still far fewer than a year ago


apprehensions of unauthorized immigrants at the southwest border increased in june from may, but are more than 50 percent less than the for the same time last year, new federal data shows.the most recent statistics from customs and border protection showed apprehensions by both border patrol agents and customs and border protection (cbp) officers increased nine percent in june from the previous month.cbp officers who man the ports of entry along the southwest border apprehended 5,570 people trying to enter the country illegally in june. border patrol agents, who work the areas between the ports of entry, apprehended another 16,089, the figures show.the total of 21,659 was more than the 19,962 people who were arrested in may. it is the second month-to-month increase in apprehensions this ye






how unaccompanied youth become exploited workers in the us


the trump administration has released a series of executive orders targeting immigration at the u.s. southern border. central american families and children traveling alone represent nearly half of all unauthorized migrants apprehended by customs and border protection. the criminalization of immigrants at the u.s. southern border disproportionately affects central american children and youth. nearly 153,000 unaccompanied mexican and central american children have been apprehended at the u.s. southern border since 2014. of those detained by customs and border protection and processed by the office of refugee resettlement, 60 percent have been reunited with a sponsor, typically a parent. the other 40 percent are placed with a nonparent sponsor. with the guidance of a parent or guardian, thes






how the irish compare to other waves of immigrants in the u.s.


st. patrick’s day is march 17, when about 39 percent of americans say they celebrate their irish heritage. more than 4.5 million irish immigrants arrived in the u.s. between 1820 and 1930. here is a look at many waves of immigrants coming to america over the decades.coming to americabetween 1820 and 1860, the irish constituted more than one-third of all immigrants to the u.s.immigration wavesorigins of immigrantspercent of immigrants residing in the u.s. born in …net number of migrantsfrom 2010-2015sources: u.s. census, pew research center, u.s. immigration and customs enforcement, library of congress, migration policy institute






us housing boss ben carson calls us slaves 'immigrants'


ben carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, has compared slaves to immigrants, on his first day in his new job.in a 40-minute speech to staff, he praised immigrants who worked long hours to build a better future for their children."that's what america is about. a land of dreams and opportunity," he told staff. "there were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. but they, too, had a dream."after criticism that he was being insensitive, mr carson later tweeted: "you can be an involuntary immigrant."






ex-sheriff wants sessions to be witness at contempt trial


phoenix — a surprising name has been added to former sheriff joe arpaio's witness list at his upcoming criminal contempt-of-court trial: u.s. attorney general jeff sessions, whose agency is prosecuting the lawman for defying a judge's order to stop his immigration patrols.jack wilenchik, one of arpaio's attorneys, said sessions' testimony would underscore a contradiction between current federal immigration policy and the 2011 court order that his client is charged with violating.the attorney general's name was added to the list in a court filing wednesday night.arpaio faces the misdemeanor contempt charge for letting his immigration patrols continue after a judge in a racial profiling case had ordered them stopped.arpaio has acknowledged prolonging the patrols but insists his defiance wasn






california democrats want a 'sanctuary state' for immigrants here illegally. but


democratic politicians want california to be a sanctuary for immigrants here illegally. ok. if they’re hard working and obeying the law, fine.but if they’re thugs? call the feds and boot their butts back across the border.that’s my view. and it’s also the opinion of most sane people, i suspect. even democratic office holders must think this down deep. so why is it so hard for them to say it?being mushy just makes democrats easy targets — not only for the hotheads who are constantly riled up about all illegal immigration, but ordinary citizens who may be sympathetic toward struggling undocumented families, but wonder why california seems to tolerate the few hoodlums among them.this came to mind tuesday as i watched a perfectly sensible republican bill killed by majority democrats in the ass






dhs is preparing to release sweeping immigration overhaul


the department of homeland security is preparing to release new sweeping immigration guidelines, cbs news reports.a source with knowledge of dhs planning said the documents are being finalized by the white house and could be released as early as monday. it was originally scheduled to be released late last week. one provision would direct the immediate return of mexican immigrants who are apprehended along the border back home, pending the outcomes of their deportation hearings. the new procedures would allow for authorities to seek expedited deportation hearings. the memos do not overturn the obama 2012 immigration action that created the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) program. daca has deferred deportations for people who came to the u.s. illegally as children and has provi






man killed in daylight shooting outside in north mpls. is id; arrests made


authorities on sunday identified a man shot to death on an early afternoon in north minneapolis.roderick a. evans, 40, of minneapolis, died at the scene of the shooting, outside in the 3700 block of n. 6th street, according to the hennepin county medical examiner's office. he was shot in the chest, the examiner's office added.sheriff's deputies in the area early thursday afternoon heard the shots, pursued a vehicle fleeing the scene and arrested two people inside, police said. a third person in the car ran but was soon apprehended.several handguns were found in the car, police added.police said that among those apprehended was a man from brooklyn park who turned 20 years old on saturday and a 17-year-old boy.authorities have yet to address the circumstances leading to the violence.paul wal






an individual was apprehended near the white house, trump administration spokesm


a trump administration spokesman says an individual was apprehended near the white house, a week after an intruder was caught on white house grounds.press secretary sean spicer wrote on twitter on saturday that the individual "jumped bike rack on pennsylvania ave" but did not make it onto white house property.spicer added, "great response by @secretservice."president donald trump was not at the white house on saturday. he and his family are spending the weekend at his palm beach, fla., resort.the secret service did not immediately reply to a request for comment.the incident comes about a week after a man breached a 5-foot outer perimeter fence and scaled an 8-foot vehicle gate to gain entry to the white house grounds.






why immigrants are a good thing | immigration


all around the world, the arguments against immigrants are all usually the same: they commit more crimes, accept lower wages, take jobs and steal benefits.but is that actually the case?in this reality check, we debunk the stereotypical myth that immigrants are more inclined to commit crimes and put a strain on the economy.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news






how a trump threat deterred illegal migrants


president donald trump has won the first major battle in his war on illegal immigration, and he did it without building his wall.the victory was announced last week by the department of homeland security (dhs), which released figures showing a 93 percent drop since december of parents and children caught trying to cross the mexico border illegally.in december, 16,000 parents and children were apprehended; in march, a month in which immigration typically increases because of temperate weather, the number was just over 1,100.it was a remarkable decline – steeper than the 72 percent drop in overall apprehensions – but for eight dhs officials interviewed by reuters it was not surprising.trump has spoken about the need to crack down broadly on all illegal immigrants. but, internally, according






immigrants facing new reality this independence day


as thousands prepare to become citizens on july 4th, they are joining the u.s. at a difficult time for immigrants.        






us arrests mexican immigrant 'dreamer' in seattle


seattle — a man who was brought to the u.s. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by the obama administration has been taken into custody in the seattle area in what could be the first case of its kind in the country.northwest immigrants rights project legal director matt adams told the associated press tuesday that 23-year-old daniel ramirez medina was arrested friday by u.s. immigration and customs enforcement agents. adams says he believes the young man was apprehended by mistake.adams says agents were at the seattle home to arrest the man's father and that they took both men into custody. ramirez medina has a work permit under obama's deferred action for childhood arrivals program. he's being held in tacoma.adams says the man is the first person he knows of with daca






us: more immigrants arrested, fewer deported under trump


santa ana, calif. — the number of people arrested by immigration agents in the early months of the trump administration has increased nearly 40 percent compared to last year.u.s. immigration and customs enforcement says agents arrested 41,300 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally during a 100-day period from jan. 22 to april 29.the agency said wednesday that 30,000 immigrants were arrested in a comparable period in 2016.the figures show that arrests of immigrants with no criminal convictions more than doubled.the number of people deported from the u.s. has declined under president donald trump.most of those arrested had criminal convictions but one in four arrested immigrants did not.trump signed his executive orders to boost deportations on jan. 22.






where trump won in nyc, residents allay immigrants' fears


new york — about 30 new york city residents are offering their help and in some cases even their homes to dozens of latino immigrants living in the country illegally.many say that if immigrants are detained or deported, they would be willing to take in their children.the effort is emerging in staten island, the city's most conservative borough and the only one that went for donald trump in the presidential election.residents stepped forward soon after the election and asked an immigrant support group how they could help.over the past few weeks, the groups of citizens and immigrants have been getting together to make dinners, teach each other a little english and spanish, and exchange phone numbers for day they hope never comes.






us: more immigrants arrested, fewer deported under trump


santa ana, calif. — the number of people arrested by immigration agents in the early months of the trump administration increased dramatically and is up nearly 40 percent compared to last year.u.s. immigration and customs enforcement says agents arrested 41,300 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally during a 100-day period from jan. 22 to april 29.the agency said wednesday that 30,000 immigrants were arrested in a comparable period in 2016.the figures show that arrests of immigrants with no criminal convictions more than doubled.the number of people deported from the u.s. has declined under president donald trump.most of those arrested had criminal convictions but one in four arrested immigrants did not.trump signed his executive orders to boost deportations january 25.






dhs issues memos meant to crack down on illegal immigration


the department of homeland security issued two memos tuesday morning that could expand the number of immigrants detained or deported as part the administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the u.s.the memos are intended to implement president trump’s immigration actions from last month and enforce existing immigration law. cbs news’ jeff pegues previewed some of the memos’ details on monday. the dreamersthe memos don’t overturn the obama 2012 immigration action that created the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) program. daca has deferred deportations for people who came to the u.s. illegally as children and has provided work permits to more than 750,000 immigrants.deportationnew policies aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigration will be implemented, that wi






dhs issues memos meant to crack down on illegal immigration


the department of homeland security issued two memos tuesday morning that could expand the number of immigrants detained or deported as part the administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the u.s.the memos are intended to implement president trump’s immigration actions from last month and enforce existing immigration law. cbs news’ jeff pegues previewed some of the memos’ details on monday. the dreamersthe memos don’t overturn the obama 2012 immigration action that created the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) program. daca has deferred deportations for people who came to the u.s. illegally as children and has provided work permits to more than 750,000 immigrants.deportationnew policies aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigration will be implemented, that wi






trump administration to leave protections for us ‘dreamer’ migrants


u.s. president donald trump’s administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers,” but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released on tuesday.the department of homeland security guidance is the implementation plan for executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement that trump signed on jan. 25, days after taking office.the republican president campaigned on a pledge to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the united states, playing on fears of violent crime while promising to build a wall on the border with mexico and to stop potential terrorists from entering the country.dhs officials, who spoke on the condition of anon






report: ice does bad job of overseeing deportable immigrants


washington (ap) — an internal government watchdog says immigration and customs enforcement deportation officers aren’t doing a very good job of keeping track of track of immigrants facing deportation but released from jail.the homeland security department’s inspect general finds in a report released thursday that ice deportation officers are routinely assigned to manage thousands of cases at a time and are so overburdened that the agency likely isn’t deporting all the immigrants it could.part of the problem, the inspector general’s audit report found, is that deportation officers are routinely assigned duties beyond overseeing their caseloads, including checking in immigrants for routine interviews or driving immigrants from detention centers to court.alicia a. caldwell






sessions makes case for increased criminal prosecutions of migrants at us border


in an unusual move for the head of the u.s. justice department, attorney general jeff sessions traveled to the u.s.-mexico border to speak with department of homeland security personnel on tuesday to make the case for increased prosecutions of migrants.sessions, a long-time proponent of tougher immigration enforcement during his time in the u.s. senate, told u.s. customs and border protection agents at the port of nogales in arizona that more illegal immigrants should be prosecuted as criminals.“why are we doing this?” he said. “because it is what the duly enacted laws of the united states require.”to that end, sessions announced that each u.s. attorney would be required to designate a point person on border security prosecutions by april 18. the person in that position, known as a border






id'd: suburban chicago man found shot dead in car in north minneapolis


a man found in a car with a fatal gunshot wound in north minneapolis was identified thursday by authorities as being from suburban chicago.nathaniel smith, 33, of dolton, ill., was shot early monday evening, according to the hennepin county medical examiner's office.police initially apprehended two men at the scene, with one of them jailed. that person, a 23-year-old minneapolis man, was released wednesday without charges.a shotspotter detection device picked up several shots being fired near 21st avenue and ilion avenue n., police said. a few blocks later, on w. broadway near ilion, law enforcement came upon the wounded smith, according to police. paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.police said they think the car rolled down the hill, crossed broadway and ended up in a grassy area






id'd: suburban chicago man found shot dead in car in north minneapolis


a man found in a car with a fatal gunshot wound in north minneapolis was identified thursday by authorities as being from suburban chicago.nathaniel smith, 33, of dolton, ill., was shot early monday evening, according to the hennepin county medical examiner’s office.police initially apprehended two men at the scene, with one of them jailed. that person, a 23-year-old minneapolis man, was released wednesday without charges.a shotspotter detection device picked up several shots being fired near 21st avenue and ilion avenue n., police said. a few blocks later, on w. broadway near ilion, law enforcement came upon the wounded smith, according to police. paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.police said they think the car rolled down the hill, crossed broadway and ended up in a grassy area






id'd: suburban chicago man found shot dead in car in north minneapolis


a man found in a car with a fatal gunshot wound in north minneapolis was identified thursday by authorities as being from suburban chicago.nathaniel smith, 33, of dolton, ill., was shot early monday evening, according to the hennepin county medical examiner's office.police initially apprehended two men at the scene, with one of them jailed. that person, a 23-year-old minneapolis man, was released wednesday without charges.a shotspotter detection device picked up several shots being fired near 21st avenue and ilion avenue n., police said. a few blocks later, on w. broadway near ilion, law enforcement came upon the wounded smith, according to police. paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.police said they think the car rolled down the hill, crossed broadway and ended up in a grassy area






dallas proposes id cards for undocumented immigrants


dallas mayor mike rawlings has proposed offering identification cards to all of the city’s residents, including undocumented immigrants. doing so would not only grant dallas’ large population of mexican immigrants free access to government or other municipal services but also formally involve them in the local economy, rawlings told local reporters tuesday. the photo ids would…






trump keeps policy on dreamers, eliminates protection for older immigrants


department of homeland security rescinds an obama-era policy protecting some immigrants        






how the georgia fugitives were apprehended in tennessee


for at least three hours, the man and his wife, residents of the bucolic town of shelbyville, tenn., were tied up and held captive by two fugitives wanted in a dramatic national manhunt.        






'day without immigrants' leads to more absences than usual in l.a. and long beac


many immigrants in los angeles rooted for a “day without immigrants,” a protest thursday that shut down down restaurants, construction sites and businesses nationwide to highlight the contributions immigrants make to the u.s. economy. but most didn't risk skipping a day of work. traffic felt lighter, some restaurants closed and several thousand students stayed home from school. groups of students turned out in force.  at l.a. unified schools, about 3,000 students more than usual were absent. and in the long beach school district, the county’s second-largest, about 9,000 students skipped school — triple the amount of the day before.






2 ky. soldiers killed in domestic disturbance, police say


oak grove, ky. -- authorities say two fort pbell soldiers have been killed and a juvenile injured following a domestic dispute near the army post on the kentucky-tennessee line. kentucky state police say in a statement it appears 35-year-old jeremy demar of clarksville, tennessee, was in a domestic dispute with his estranged wife, 32-year-old priscilla ann east, and found her at a home in oak grove, kentucky, where he forced his way in thursday night and fatally s her and 28-year-old christopher ryan hoch. the statement said both were soldiers. police say a teenager received minor injuries in a confrontation with demar, who fled with a young child. the statement says clarksville police later apprehended demar and took him into custody. his two-year-old daughter was in the car with him when






report tallies taxes from unauthorized immigrants


unauthorized immigrants in san diego county pay an estimated $218.5 million in state and local taxes annually, according to a report from the left-leaning institute on taxation and economic policy.that amount could increase by more than $30 million, according to the report, if those unauthorized immigrants were granted legal status. in california as a whole, unauthorized immigrants pay $2.9 billion in state and local taxes, the report said, and that could increase by more than $400 million if they had legal status. those taxes include personal income tax, property tax and sales tax.advocates for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would create a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants welcomed the institute on taxation and economic policy’s findings."san diego is a th






new mexico tourism chief says there are no funds to grow ad paign


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the “new mexico true” paign that has won raves for its advertisements spotlighting the state’s culture, people and natural resources cannot expand into new markets because of the same budget woes afflicting government agencies across the board, tourism secretary rebecca latham told lawmakers thursday.latham said her agency is continuing to spend more than ever to promote the state, but that has come by reducing employees and consolidating services.new mexico true promotes the state on airport billboards, print and social media in dallas, houston, phoenix, denver, san diego, chicago and most recently austin. the next logical market is san francisco, but latham said the state does not have to money to grow into that