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Panama Sends Its Navy After 'Irregular' Migrants

Nation also erects barbed wire along perilous Darien Gap route out of Colombia to slow migration

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after Panama's leader vowed to shutter the perilous Darien Gap, the Panamanian government has taken another step to crack down on the 66-mile jungle route used by migrants to cross over into Central America from Colombia. The country's Ministry of Public Security on Thursday...

UK's New PM Gets Right to Work, Scraps Contentious Plan

Keir Starmer says of Rwanda deportation 'scheme': 'Dead and buried before it started'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said Saturday that he's scrapping a controversial Conservative policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda as he vowed to deliver on voters' mandate for change, though he warned it won't happen quickly. "The Rwanda scheme was dead and buried before it started,"...

US Inks Deal to Help Panama Control 'Shocking' Migration

New Panama president says he'll shut down Darien Gap route; US will pay migrant repatriation costs

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people cross the Darien Gap each year, a perilous 66-mile stretch of jungle connecting the South American country of Colombia and the Central American country of Panama—many of them on their way to the United States. Now, Panama's new leader is vowing to shutter...

Trump's Take on Foreign Grads From US Colleges Surprises

Former president says he'd be all for giving them green cards

(Newser) - Former President Trump says he wants to give automatic green cards to foreign students who graduate from US colleges, a sharp departure from the anti-immigrant rhetoric he typically uses on the campaign trail. Trump was asked about plans for companies to be able to import the 'best and brightest'...

Biden Immigration Move Affects 500K Spouses
Biden Immigration Move
Affects 500K Spouses
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Biden Immigration Move Affects 500K Spouses

Trump quickly criticizes move as 'mass amnesty'

(Newser) - President Biden unveiled changes to immigration law Tuesday that will shield an estimated 500,000 undocumented spouses from deportation. The move on behalf of migrants comes soon after Biden curtailed their ability to seek asylum , an illustration of how immigration is complicating this year's election. Coverage:
  • 550,000: Under

Biden Plans Big Change for Undocumented Spouses

Immigrants married to US citizens will receive protections from deportation

(Newser) - President Biden plans to announce a program Tuesday to shield a half-million undocumented immigrants married to US citizens from deportation and provide a path to citizenship for many of them. Undocumented spouses who meet certain conditions, such as having been married for at least 10 years, would be offered work...

Kristof: Biden Making the Right Move to Curb Immigration

New York Times columnist wrestles with his 'conflicted' feelings, but sides with president

(Newser) - President Biden's new move to restrict the number of migrants from crossing the border has drawn flak on the left, with critics saying his policies are similar to those of then-President Trump. In a New York Times op-ed, Nicholas Kristof writes that he has "reluctantly" concluded that Biden...

Biden's Move to Seal Border Could Take Effect Quickly

Current numbers already exceed the threshold for activating the measure

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday issued an executive order that would impose significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the US border, per the AP. The move had been laid out on Monday , but new details have emerged:
  • Threshold: The executive order bars migrants from being granted asylum when US officials

Biden to Make Most Aggressive Move Yet on Immigration

Executive order to limit asylum rules is reportedly similar to one tried by former President Trump

(Newser) - President Biden, under increasing heat to stem the number of migrants crossing the border, is expected to unveil his most aggressive move yet Tuesday in the form of an executive order. The New York Times reports that the order would essentially seal the Mexican border when the number of migrants...

Canadians Moving South of the Border Hits 10-Year High
We Haven't Had
This Many Canadians
Moving to US in Years
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We Haven't Had This Many Canadians Moving to US in Years

More than 126K moved from up north to the United States in 2022, a 70% spike from 2012

(Newser) - Both Canada and the United States appear on a top 10 list of wealthy nations that accept the most number of permanent immigrants. But there's been a big shift in those moving from the former to the latter: Per data from CBC News , emigration out of the Great White...

Along the Border, an 'Unexpected Reprieve' for Biden

Illegal migrant crossings have plummeted 54% since December, per government figures

(Newser) - News along the southern border is offering the Biden administration "an unexpected reprieve" as the November election looms. Internal government stats show that illegal migration from Mexico into the US has fallen 54% from December to May, with US Border Patrol officials recording a daily average of 3,700...

Biden Refers to Japan, an Ally, as 'Xenophobic'
Japan, India Take Issue
With Biden Comments

Japan, India Take Issue With Biden Comments

Aide says president was trying to endorse US history of accepting immigrants

(Newser) - Japan and India on Saturday rebutted President Biden's assessment of them as "xenophobic" countries unwelcoming to immigrants. A Japanese official who declined to be named said Biden misunderstands the US ally's policies, the AP reports, while adding that the government understands the president was trying to stress...

Trump Spills Plans for Migrants, Abortion If He Gets to WH

Ex-president lays out for 'Time' what his next administration would do if he's elected again

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been spending his days of late mired in court proceedings , but he took some time out last month in Palm Beach, Florida, to chat with Eric Cortellessa for a new profile entitled "If He Wins" in Time . The former president, who wants to be the next...

Trump Wishes Immigrants From 'Nice' Places Would Come to US

'Like Denmark,' former POTUS says in echo of previous comments

(Newser) - At his wildly successful Saturday night fundraiser, Donald Trump wished aloud that more immigrants would come into the United States ... provided those immigrants are from "nice" countries, that is. Per an attendee who spoke to the New York Times , the former president gave a 45-minute talk at the posh...

New Texas Immigration Law Just Got Reblocked

Federal appeals court extends its hold on controversial SCOTUS ruling

(Newser) - Texas' controversial new immigration law—which, per a recent US Supreme Court thumbs-up, would allow state officials to arrest those they suspect of being in the US illegally, impose criminal penalties, and deport them—will remain on hold for a bit longer. Early Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 5th...

Texas Immigration Law Back on Hold Already

Federal appeals court blocked law hours after SCOTUS allowed it to take effect

(Newser) - Hours after the Supreme Court allowed Texas' controversial new immigration law to take effect, it's already back on hold. Some of the high court justices wrote an opinion indicating the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals—which earlier stayed a ruling striking down the Texas law, leading the federal...

Trump Defends 'Poisoned' Line on Migrants

In Fox interview, former president defends use of charged rhetoric

(Newser) - Donald Trump took much flak last year when he declared that migrants were "poisoning the blood of our country." Over the weekend, he amplified the sentiment, and he explained why in a Fox News interview.
  • "Why do you use words like 'vermin' and 'poisoning of

Sinema, Graham Throw Down Over Border Bill

Senators got testy over Graham's 'no' vote on bipartisan legislation

(Newser) - Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan border bill on Wednesday, and independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is steamed. On Thursday, the upper chamber voted to start working on separate $95 billion legislation regarding aid for Ukraine and Israel—which Republicans originally indicated they wanted tied to the border bill that...

Failure of Border Bill Adds Fuel to Biden Campaign
After Border Bill Fails,
Biden Looks to Make Move
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After Border Bill Fails, Biden Looks to Make Move

President is reportedly considering executive action amid GOP leadership struggles

(Newser) - After Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan border bill Wednesday, it's looking more likely that the Biden administration will move forward with plans to take executive action to deter illegal migration at the southern border. Two sources tell NBC News that the White House is considering measures that would be...

Border Bill Defeated in Senate Vote
McConnell's Vote
Kills Border Bill

McConnell's Vote Kills Border Bill

Border-foreign aid package falls well short of 60 votes in Senate

(Newser) - The border security and foreign assistance bill that a bipartisan group of senators spent months crafting failed in the Senate Wednesday after a collapse in Republican support. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had championed the bill until his fellow Republicans turned against it amid pressure from Donald Trump, cast...

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