Immigration coverage

Congress should step in to protect DACA

President Donald Trump recently confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will stay in his post as head of the U.S. Department of Justice at least until after the November election. That means the attorney general will continue to oversee the Trump administration’s challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That’s not good news, and it further underscores...
Who is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, suspect in Mollie Tibbetts' death?

Who is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, suspect in Mollie Tibbetts' death?

A 24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, authorities said Tuesday. According to The Associated Press, police said Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a Mexico native who allegedly was living in the U.S. illegally, kidnapped and killed the 20-year-old University of Iowa student, who vanished during a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, last month. Here's...
Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens, taking their oaths in a private ceremony

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens, taking their oaths in a private ceremony

First lady Melania Trump’s parents are new U.S. citizens, after taking the oath of citizenship in a private ceremony at their attorney’s office Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old respectively, obtained their citizenship through a sponsorship by their daughter, according to CNN, in a category of family visas Trump administration...
ICE gives Palm Beach restaurant manager three-month extension

ICE gives Palm Beach restaurant manager three-month extension

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation, received a three-month extension from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday as he and his lawyers continue to await updates from several petitions, including two filed in federal court. Gonzalez must report back to ICE’s office in Miramar on Nov. 5, according to his Miami-based lawyer, Rebeca...
Palm Beach restaurant manager set to meet with immigration officials Friday

Palm Beach restaurant manager set to meet with immigration officials Friday

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation, will report back to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office Friday for an update on his immigration status, according to his lawyer. Gonzalez was scheduled to be deported back to Mexico — his home country — on July 3 on the orders of ICE. Instead, Gonzalez was granted a 30-day...
Could change in Mexico spur NAFTA reform?

Could change in Mexico spur NAFTA reform?

President Donald Trump recently congratulated Mexico’s incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, saying there is much to be done that would benefit both countries. Lopez Obrador is eager for a good start with Trump and even told a reporter, “We are not going to fight.” Both should approach the relationship with cautious optimism, especially if it means modernizing the North...
What’s next for U.S.-Mexico relations?

What’s next for U.S.-Mexico relations?

After decades of rightful dissatisfaction with the governing parties of Mexico, Mexicans elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as their next president in the July 1 elections. Garnering 53 percent of the reported vote, the anti-establishment president-elect had a landslide victory that has resulted in a majority of the nine governorships up for election and absolute majority in the Senate and Chamber...
Commentary: Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

Commentary: Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

The American reaction to President Donald Trump’s Monday news conference in Helsinki was unusual in its unanimity. Trump’s appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital was “disgraceful” — as CNN’s Anderson Cooper put it — “disgusting” — as Neil Cavuto of right-wing Fox News argued — and “nothing...
Christie commentary: Think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ idea for a minute

Christie commentary: Think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ idea for a minute

In an election year, one side is always looking for that pivotal issue that will pump up passion among voters and give their side an advantage over the other. For the left, that has been immigration. President Donald J. Trump all but handed his haters the equivalent of a gimme when he instituted a “zero-tolerance policy” for those crossing illegally into the U.S., a policy that resulted...
Boston debates granting voting rights to non-U.S. citizens living in country legally

Boston debates granting voting rights to non-U.S. citizens living in country legally

The Boston City Council on Tuesday afternoon discussed the possibility of allowing non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections. In an extensive debate, testimonies were heard from city and state organizations, as well as members of the public. "Voting is probably one of the most important things we can do," said Kim Janey, a member of the Boston City Council. Some Boston leaders want...
Christie: Let’s take a breath, think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ thing

Christie: Let’s take a breath, think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ thing

About 15,000 New Yorkers march in support of immigrant families and to condemn the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policies on June 30. (Erik McGregor / Sipa USA/TNS) In an election year, one side is always looking for that pivotal issue that will pump up passion among voters and give their side an advantage over the other. For the the left that...

POINT OF VIEW: Toxic effects of detention centers for young children

Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis at the border, one thing is clear. At least 2,000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country. Many — no one knows exactly how many — are under age 5 housed in “Tender Age” shelters in South Texas. Government officials claim they are safe and well cared for...
Anne Frank’s family immigration efforts thwarted by restrictive policies, World War II

Anne Frank’s family immigration efforts thwarted by restrictive policies, World War II

It has been 76 years to the day since the Frank family retreated into hiding in their Secret Annex and new light is being shone on their plight to escape the Nazi regime.  The Anne Frank House, along with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has released new research into the efforts Otto Frank made to escape the Nazis and come to America or other countries.  The Frank patriarch...

POINT OF VIEW: Stop playing the blame game

As the senior writer at the National Crime Prevention Council, I acquired an intimate knowledge of the principle that you never blame the victim of a crime. It’s pretty much accepted in public discourse that a woman is not to blame for her rape because her skirt was too short or she had too much to drink. A homeowner is not to blame for a theft because an alarm hadn’t been installed. The...
Palm Beach restaurant manager’s ankle monitor removed, ICE issues 30-day extension

Palm Beach restaurant manager’s ankle monitor removed, ICE issues 30-day extension

Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s ankle monitor was removed and the Palm Beach restaurant manager was given 30 days to contest a reinstated removal order in a meeting with immigration officials Tuesday. Gonzalez was given the 30-day extension the same day he was supposed to board a plane to Mexico on the orders of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Instead, ICE reversed its orders...
Letters: Harbourside is a great destination for many

Letters: Harbourside is a great destination for many

Harbourside is a great destination for many I think the ongoing dispute between the Harbourside development and the town of Jupiter is disgusting. From what I’ve read in the past, the owner of Harbourside has done everything possible to appease the nearby homeowners by lowering the music decibel. It’s disgraceful that a permit has to be obtained each time there’s an event within...
Judge blows the whistle on Trump’s family separations

Judge blows the whistle on Trump’s family separations

A federal judge in San Diego late last Tuesday managed to achieve something the president and Congress have failed to do: Resolve President Trump’s self-inflicted crisis of separating children from their migrant parents. It turns out the solution is pretty simple: Reunite them. Judge Dana M. Sabraw gave the government 30 days to get all the kids back with their parents, and 14 days for kids...
Hundreds march to Mar-a-Lago to denounce Trump’s immigration stance

Hundreds march to Mar-a-Lago to denounce Trump’s immigration stance

When Gisela Aszures sees the immigrant children on the news, she says she thinks of her own child. And she doesn’t understand. “We’re parents, and just thinking about someone taking my child away … it doesn’t matter what you believe, or what your politics are,” she said, sitting on the seawall at Southern Boulevard and Flagler Drive, holding her one-and-a-half-year-old...
Lawyer: ICE error gives Palm Beach restaurant manager more time

Lawyer: ICE error gives Palm Beach restaurant manager more time

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation, was told by immigration officials on Thursday to cancel his one-way plane ticket to Mexico because of what Gonzalez’s lawyer said was a paperwork and technical error by immigration officers. When Richard Hujber, Gonzalez’s lawyer, received a copy of ICE’s reinstatement of Gonzalez’s removal order...
Trump’s stricter immigration enforcement a boon to GEO Group

Trump’s stricter immigration enforcement a boon to GEO Group

The Donald Trump era has been good for private prison operator GEO Group and its stockholders. As the president pushes a more muscular approach to immigration enforcement, investors expect the business of incarceration for profit to grow more lucrative. Shares of GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) jumped 11 percent in June, a month when stories of immigrant children being separated from their parents dominated...
Palm Beach restaurant manager won’t be deported next week, lawyer says

Palm Beach restaurant manager won’t be deported next week, lawyer says

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation, was told by immigration officials Thursday that he would not be deported next week, according to Richard Hujber, Gonzalez’s lawyer. The news comes less than three weeks after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement gave Gonzalez an ankle monitor and ordered him to report back to its office Tuesday with a one-way...

POINT OF VIEW: Child separation also part of Ellis Island experience

The Palm Beach Post letter to the editor ”Separating kids from families just wrong” (Tuesday) from writer Albert Stein queried what would have happened when his grandparents emigrated from Russia if their children had been taken from them. It’s impossible to know from Stein’s writing when his grandparents came to the United States, but when my grandparents and my husband&rsquo...
Immigrant children, parents separated at border must be reunited within 30 days, judge says

Immigrant children, parents separated at border must be reunited within 30 days, judge says

Immigrant children and parents who were separated by U.S. officials at the country's border with Mexico must be reunited within 30 days, a federal judge said in a preliminary injunction Tuesday night. According to The Associated Press, Dana Sabraw, a U.S. district judge in San Diego, also said immigration officials must reunite children under 5 with their parents within 14 days. Additionally, officials...
UPDATE: Restaurant manager facing deportation stays home from ICE meeting

UPDATE: Restaurant manager facing deportation stays home from ICE meeting

Instead of reporting to his meeting today with immigration officials in Miramar, where Francisco Javier Gonzalez was supposed to present proof of a purchased plane ticket to Mexico, Gonzalez’s lawyer emailed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a copy of the ticket. Gonzalez stayed home. Gonzalez’s lawyer, Richard Hujber, said he wanted to ensure there was no chance Gonzalez would...
Supreme Court travel ban ruling: Which countries, what does it do, which justices voted for it?

Supreme Court travel ban ruling: Which countries, what does it do, which justices voted for it?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from several predominately-Muslim countries is legal. Writing for the court’s majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that the president has statutory authority to make judgments about national security issues when it comes to immigration and that Trump’s authority to “suspend...
Lemonade stand raises $13K for RAICES to help separated immigrant families

Lemonade stand raises $13K for RAICES to help separated immigrant families

When an Atlanta mother told her two young children about families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, her 6-year-old son suggested starting a lemonade stand to help. Shannon Cofrin Gaggero set a goal of $1,000, an amount she considered ambitious. A week later, the online and in-person campaign has raised 13 times that amount.  The family and other volunteers hosted...
Separated immigrant kids could — eventually — get help from local groups

Separated immigrant kids could — eventually — get help from local groups

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson blasted the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy Monday, and a Palm Beach County commissioner said the county will lend a hand if children recently separated from their parents end up here. The policy of separating families has drawn an intense political and social backlash even as the president doubled down on it verbally and confusion reigned...
Poll: Florida voters oppose family separations, approve of Trump

Poll: Florida voters oppose family separations, approve of Trump

A majority of likely Florida voters disapprove of separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but a new CBS poll suggests the issue isn’t the election-changer Democrats are hoping for. The online CBS/YouGov poll, conducted last Tuesday through Friday during a growing uproar over family separations, finds 53 percent of the state’s likely voters approve of...
NEW: As deportation draws closer, customers gather at Palm Beach restaurant to support manager

NEW: As deportation draws closer, customers gather at Palm Beach restaurant to support manager

They stood in the line snaking past the concrete walls, far from the pink trout and prosciutto on the customers’ plates. Vanina Schreiber, a waitress at Pizza Al Fresco in Palm Beach, took one glance at the mob waiting for a table and hurriedly grabbed three more chairs from the back of the dining room. She would need more. More than 100 people came to the Italian restaurant on Worth Avenue...
Bliss and Goodfellow: Which military bases will build camps to hold immigrants? 

Bliss and Goodfellow: Which military bases will build camps to hold immigrants? 

The Pentagon announced on Monday that two bases in Texas will be building temporary housing for immigrants illegally crossing the country’s southern border. Goodfellow Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Bliss were chosen by the Department of Defense to house immigrants. According to the Pentagon, one base will house unaccompanied children while the other will host families. Defense Secretary...
Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Likely Florida voters favor Gov. Rick Scott over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by a 46-to-41 percent margin in their nationally watched U.S. Senate contest, according to a new online poll for CBS by YouGov. The poll also finds 53 percent of likely...
Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon is clapping back at President Donald Trump's latest Twitter insult with a donation to an organization that helps immigrants and refugees. According to The Associated Press, the pair's social media spat began Sunday when Trump slammed Fallon's recent comments about the then-presidential candidate's appearance on a September 2016 episode of his show. In...
Commentary: Teens talk Parkland impact; toddlers abused by separation

Commentary: Teens talk Parkland impact; toddlers abused by separation

Christie: Yes, separating migrant children from parents at U.S.-Mexico border is child abuse UPDATE: Days after the following blog post, President Trump signed an executive order reportedly fixing his own zero-tolerance immigration policy that had resulted in more than 2,300 migrant children being separated from their parents who had illegally crossed the U.S. southern border. Some children were reunited...
Lawyer for restaurant manager plans to take immigration case to federal court

Lawyer for restaurant manager plans to take immigration case to federal court

During the last two weeks, as Francisco Javier Gonzalez has worn an ankle monitor to and from work at Pizza Al Fresco in Palm Beach, his lawyers have been preparing to ask a federal court to intervene in Gonzalez’s case. Richard Hujber, Gonzalez’s lawyer, said his team plans to file a petition this weekend requesting that a federal court prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs...
Hundreds of children reunited with parents; Trump tweets after Republicans delay immigration vote 

Hundreds of children reunited with parents; Trump tweets after Republicans delay immigration vote 

Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure even as President Donald Trump casts doubt on its chances of success. Update 4 p.m. EDT June 22: Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a notice Friday that said it might seek as many as 15,000 beds to detain immigrant families. The notice...
Border Patrol agent speaks out about viral image of crying Honduran girl

Border Patrol agent speaks out about viral image of crying Honduran girl

A Border Patrol agent is speaking out after images of him patting down a Honduran migrant at the U.S.-Mexico border as her daughter cried at her feet last week fueled public sentiment against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Border Patrol Agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News that the image might be considered misleading. “We asked (the mother)...
Melania Trump wears 'I don't really care' jacket ahead of visit with detained child migrants

Melania Trump wears 'I don't really care' jacket ahead of visit with detained child migrants

First lady Melania Trump wore an olive green jacket with the words “I don’t really care, do u?” printed on it Thursday as she boarded a plane to Texas ahead of a tour of a migrant child detention center. A spokeswoman for the first lady said “there was no hidden message” in Trump’s choice. “It’s a jacket,” Stephanie Grisham told BuzzFeed News...
Southwest Key: A look at one of the companies sheltering migrant children

Southwest Key: A look at one of the companies sheltering migrant children

Following the implementation of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at those who would cross the border illegally, upward of 2,000 children were separated from their parents as the adults were turned over for criminal prosecution. While the adults went to jail, the children, some only infants, were placed in the custody of the federal government. After briefly...
First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Texas on Thursday, one day after her husband signed an executive order ending his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump was criticized for the coat she chose to wear while boarding the plane en route to McAllen on Thursday...
What does the new executive order on immigration do; can migrants be held indefinitely?

What does the new executive order on immigration do; can migrants be held indefinitely?

After days of outrage over photos and audio recordings of migrant children held in detention centers crying for their parents, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday designed to end the practice of separating families apprehended after they illegally cross the U.S. border. Since April, some 2,300 children have been separated from their parents who, under a recently enacted zero...
Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate

Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate

The heartbreaking image of a little girl, separated from her mother as the mother was detained for crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, has been combined with an image of President Donald Trump looking down at her for an upcoming Time magazine cover. The photo of the girl was taken by John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images, Time said when...
Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children

Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to keep families together at the border amid national outrage and pressure from both political parties. >> Read more trending news  Trump officially reversed his argument that the office of the president has no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families. Charlotte Douglas International Airport&rsquo...
Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race

Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race

President Donald Trump reversed course Wednesday on separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but the issue remains a lightning rod in Florida’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Scott had criticized the policy Monday and did so in stronger terms Tuesday before Trump signed an order suspending...
‘We were like prisoners:' Florida teen recalls experience in Texas detention center

‘We were like prisoners:' Florida teen recalls experience in Texas detention center

Ruth Pascual was just 13 years old when she left Guatemala with her little sister to begin their journey to meet their parents, who had already left the country. In Spanish, she said how she and her sister were treated like animals for two months at a detention center in Texas.  Pascual and her sister were only allowed to call their mother once.  They had no access to books, education or...
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees from the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. >> Read more trending news  The city must not be complicit in President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families at the Mexican border...
Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore said he knew he had managed to capture the emotional impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policy just moments after photographing a young Honduran girl crying at her mother’s feet last week. The image appeared on television sets, computer screens and newspaper front pages around the globe. The photo spurred a California couple...
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