The effectiveness of a Homeland Security Department program designed to deny terrorists, criminals and other ineligible applicants from receiving U.S. visas is unclear, an internal audit found.
Another wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the United States from Central America is likely to occur before long, an expert on Central America and organized crime said Sept. 12 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In fiscal 2014, through Aug. 31, more than 66,000 unaccompanied children up to 17 years old were apprehended at the southwest border. In fiscal 2013, that number was just north of 35,000.
DHS made the concessions in a settlement with 11 individuals who sued the government because they say they were coerced into agreeing to leave the country voluntarily.
Women can claim asylum on the basis of being in abusive marriages that they're unable to escape in their home countries, the top U.S. immigration appeals body recently ruled.
The United States should work with Mexico and Central American nations to find regional solutions to the violence and economic stagnation that's spurring the migration of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and others to cross the Texas border, according to a policy brief by a nonpartisan think tank.
California may fund legal services for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border into the United States and were apprehended by federal agents.
More than 360 smugglers have been arrested and more than $800,000 in illegal payments to smuggling networks have been seized from nearly 440 bank accounts as part of an aggressive campaign to curb the sharp rise in illegal immigration along the southwest border.
When a deadly infectious disease like Ebola breaks out overseas, the responsibility to keep infected individuals out of the United States partly falls on customs officers with little medical training who staff long lines of travelers waiting to enter the country.
The basic education rights of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated across the southwestern border this year are no different from those of other children in the United States, the Education Department said in guidance released last week.