• Acting Homeland Security chief says department does not have authority to send agents to polling locations

    The Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary on Sunday cast doubt on the department’s authority to send its agents to polling locations after President Donald Trump said he would deploy law enforcement in November to protect against voter fraud. “We don’t have any authority to do that at the department,” acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told CNN’s Jake Tapper […]

  • Judge says Ken Cuccinelli unlawfully appointed to lead US immigration agency

    (CNN) — A federal judge on Sunday ruled that it was unlawful to appoint Ken Cuccinelli, an immigration hardliner chosen by President Donald Trump, to lead the agency responsible for processing US immigration requests. Cuccinelli’s appointment violated a statute that governs how most federal vacancies are filled, according to the ruling. As a result, the judge […]

  • Trump admin. wants to raise costs to become a U.S. citizen by 83 percent

    Becoming a U.S. citizen may get a lot more expensive, and groups are urging legal permanent residents to apply as soon as possible. The Trump administration wants to increase the cost of citizenship applications by 83 percent for roughly 9 million immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department […]

  • Immigration hardliner resigns from Department of Homeland Security

    Immigration hardliner Julie Kirchner, Department of Homeland Security citizenship and immigration ombudsman, offered her resignation to President Donald Trump this week, according to a letter from acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan sent on Monday. Kirchner, who has led the ombudsman office for the past two years, was previously the executive director of the Federation for American Immigration […]

  • US sets a refugee cap of 18,000 for next year — a new historic low

    The Trump administration will only admit up to 18,000 refugees in the next fiscal year, the State Department announced Thursday, marking a historic low and threatening to further erode the nation’s refugee resettlement program. Under President Donald Trump, the administration has slowly chipped away at the refugee cap, which dictates how many refugees may be […]

  • Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect

    The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration’s rule that dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum to go into effect nationwide while the appeals process plays out. Wednesday’s order is a victory for the Trump administration, which argued the rule was necessary to screen out “asylum seekers who declined to […]

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