Protest over “anti-sanctuary cities” law disrupts Texas House

MEREDITH HOFFMAN, Associated Press WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas’ tough new anti-“sanctuary cities” law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — […]

County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem (Part 1 of multi-part series): Doyal’s EB-5 program

County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem (Part 1 of multi-part series): Doyal’s EB-5 program

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer Conroe, May 9 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem. For some odd reason, as County Judge and as an elected official, Doyal has encouraged programs that result in illegal immigration issues for this community. Doyal’s sponsorship of the EB-5 program in Montgomery County is one example. […]

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to ‘rest easy’

JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration […]

Border Patrol ‘tunnel rats’ plug underground passages 

ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — They are known in the U.S. Border Patrol as “tunnel rats” — agents who go in clandestine passages that have proliferated on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past 20 years to smuggle drugs. The Associated Press joined the Border Tunnel Entry Team, as it is formally known, […]

Victims of immigrant crime now have advocate in White House 

ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Two years ago, Steve Ronnebeck’s son was gunned down at work in a Phoenix-area convenience store over a pack of cigarettes. The man accused of pulling the trigger was an immigrant who was in the country illegally and had been released by federal authorities. The suspected killer, captured […]

Trump declares it’s ‘time to join forces’ to fix US problems 

Trump declares it’s ‘time to join forces’ to fix US problems 

JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the first time Tuesday night and issued a broad call for overhauling the nation’s health care system, significantly boosting military spending and plunging $1 trillion into upgrading crumbling infrastructure. Striking an optimistic […]

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet 

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State […]

Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration 

ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John […]

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry 

GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three travelers, including a […]