Visitors on US visas could be asked for social media information

A proposal has been made by the federal government to add a line to the forms filled out by those visiting the US where they can volunteer information about their social media accounts in order to verify their identity for security reasons. Overseas visitors who enter the US via the Visa Waiver Program, which enables …

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Lighthouse Cuban migrants forbidden to stay in US

The lighthouse scaled by a group of Cuban migrants does not count as “dry land”, according to a ruling made by a federal judge on Tuesday. The decision means that the 24 Cuban migrants who have been held in detention on a cutter belonging to the US Coast Guard for the past month will now …

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Hotel-style immigration center bid rejected by Texas

South Texas officials have decided not to go further into the business of family detention, rejecting a bid from an oil company based in South Carolina to use a former Dimmit County worker camp as a hotel-style detention facility for families that could have offered much better conditions than two nearby facilities. The officials unanimously …

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Deport undocumented immigrant criminals, Obama administration told

In 2015, over 2000 undocumented immigrants were returned to the streets of the United States after completing prison sentences, with many going on then carry out more crimes, including murder and rape, Senator Charles Grassley alleged on Monday. The lawmaker’s accusation comes a week after the murder of a Connecticut woman by an undocumented immigrant …

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Singaporeans get faster immigration clearance to US

Frequent travelers from Singapore to the United States may soon be able to get through immigration checks much quicker than was previously the case with the US-Singapore Trusted Traveller Program having launched on Monday. The initiative enables eligible citizens of the United States and Singapore to use automated clearance kiosks at major traveler entry points …

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45 foreign fugitives arrested by US Marshals

45 international fugitives have been arrested as part of a joint operation between the US Marshal Service and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The nationwide operation, referred to as Project Red II, took place between June 21-23, the name coming from the fact that all 45 were the subject of red notices from Interpol. Red …

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Hotel-style detention center considered by immigration officials

Plans from federal immigration officials to create a new family detention center capable of housing up to 500 women and children are moving forward, despite many politicians and immigrant advocates calling for the complete abolishment of such places. Officials from Dimmit County, which is situated 45 miles from the US-Mexico border in Texas, are considering …

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Three-year-old held alone in detention

A three-year-old El Salvador boy was held at a family detention center in Pennsylvania for three days without his mother, according to his 21 year old mother and her attorney. Immigration lawyers interceded on behalf of the boy after he was held between Wednesday and Saturday at the Berks County Residential Center while his mother …

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US government should do more for Irish undocumented immigrants

More should be done to end the legal limbo in which undocumented immigrants from Ireland are caught in the United States, according to the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform co-founder, Ciaran Saunders. Saunders’ comments came in the wake of the Supreme Court defeat of the President Obama executive action plan for immigration reform. Staunton says …

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Obama immigration plan blocked by Supreme Court

On Thursday, the plan by President Barack Obama to use executive action to prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants was blocked by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was split 4-4 on the case, resulting in the executive action being blocked, much to the delight of political foes in the Republican Party who …

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ICE blasted by federal report over deportation failure

An undocumented immigrant who stabbed to death a young woman from Connecticut after having previously been sent to prison for attempted murder would not have been in the United States to commit the crime if a better job had been made of deporting him by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a scathing report …

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