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Denials of U.S. immigrant visas skyrocket after little-heralded rule change

15 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO When Arturo Balbino, a Texas construction worker, walked into his visa interview at the American consulate in the northern Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez in March, he wasn't nervous. He felt good. | Video

Trump seen leaning hard on new Homeland Security chief over border

10 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's new acting chief of Homeland Security will be under pressure to implement legally dubious solutions to an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border - policies that his predecessor either could not, or would not, deliver. | Video

More than 100,000 migrants encountered at U.S. southern border in March: data

09 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. officers arrested or denied entry to over 103,000 people along the border with Mexico in March, a 35 percent increase over the prior month and more than twice as many as the same period last year, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday.

U.S. government says it could take two years to identify families separated at border

07 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON It could take the U.S. government up to two years to identify potentially thousands of additional children separated from their parents by the authorities at the southern border, the government said in a court filing.

Exclusive: Only 6 percent of those subject to Trump travel ban granted U.S. waivers

05 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. government granted waivers to just 6 percent of visa applicants subject to its travel ban on a handful of countries during the first 11 months of the ban, new data reviewed by Reuters shows.

Trump administration steps up effort to return asylum seekers to Mexico

02 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON/SAN DIEGO The Trump administration is intensifying measures to curb the flow of Central American asylum seekers crossing into the United States from Mexico, officials said on Monday, including sending more people back to Mexico to wait for their asylum claims to be heard by U.S. courts.

Trump threatens closure of U.S.-Mexico border next week to stem asylum surge

30 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the U.S. border with Mexico next week, potentially disrupting millions of legal border crossings and billions of dollars in trade, if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching the United States. | Video

Trump changes mind and extends Liberians' immigration protections in U.S.

28 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Thursday extended an immigration designation granting protected status to Liberians in the United States for an additional year, just three days before it was to expire, a rare move from a president who has taken a hardline stance on immigration.

U.S. immigration agency to close its overseas offices

12 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK President Donald Trump's administration is planning to close the U.S. immigration agency's overseas locations, according to current and former officials and an internal memo, in a move affecting offices that currently handle family visa requests, international adoptions and other tasks.

U.S. expands return of asylum seekers to Mexico to new ports of entry

12 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is expanding its program to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court proceedings and so far has returned 240 people since starting the program in January, U.S. officials told reporters on Tuesday.

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Barr defends Trump before release of special counsel's Russia report

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday offered a spirited defence of President Donald Trump ahead of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, but revealed that it detailed 10 episodes of potential obstruction of justice by the president.