Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges

WASHINGTON — Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions could cause rapid spread of the virus. The U.S. holds around 37,000 people in immigration detention. Detainees and advocates say […]

Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight

NEW YORK — The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in […]

Commentary: Buttigieg’s bad immigration idea

By Joe Guzzardi Pete Buttigieg, one of the surviving Democratic presidential candidates, goes from up to down to sideways in his pursuit of the elusive 2020 nomination. The former South Bend mayor was up in Iowa and New Hampshire but is struggling in South Carolina and Nevada. When candidates are trying to separate themselves from […]

Trump curbs legal immigration for six more nations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration. Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas […]

Mexico begins flying, busing migrants back to Honduras

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Hundreds of Central American migrants who waded across a river into Mexico in hopes of eventually reaching the U.S. were sent back to their homeland or retreated across the border Tuesday after Mexican troops blocked their way. Fewer than 100 remained in the no-man’s land along the river between Guatemala and […]

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

HOUSTON — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. Abbott’s announcement could have major implications for refugees coming to the United States. Texas has large refugee populations in several of its cities and […]

Commentary: Report points to huge immigration issue in America

The Migration Policy Institute, which describes itself as a nonpartisan think tank that seeks “to improve immigration” through its research and analysis, recently published a report stating that in FY 2018 the State Department issued 9 million temporary visas to nonimmigrants. Although the 2018 total represents a 7 percent decline from FY 2017, 9 million […]

First ‘Dreamer’ graduates from Delaware State University

DOVER — When Dulce Guerrero accepted her diploma during Delaware State University’s commencement Saturday, she reached a milestone. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. It’s something that I had to put on hold for five years, because of the barriers that existed in the state of Georgia,” she said Friday, her last day as […]

Letter to the Editor: Health care: Immigrants or veterans

Ms. Blunt-Rochester: Your comments of Nov. 22 at Delaware State University show you are fiscally irresponsible and detached from constituents. An elected representative of Delaware pathetically says this is not an “either or” situation. You treat our Treasury as a bottomless pit. The “situation” with migrants and illegal immigrants is among the “either or” elements […]

Speak Out: Immigrants over veterans?

Backing recent legislation to establish uniform medical screening processes for migrants apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol didn’t minimize the importance of supporting veterans, U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester stressed at a town hall style meeting. “It was not a choice between veterans and illegal people,” she said before a diverse gathering of 150 or […]