Pence rips Democrats on immigration, defends ICE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Friday accused Democrats of making opposition to the federal immigration agency central to their party, calling for an end to “spurious attacks” on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In an address at ICE headquarters infused with electoral politics, Pence noted that some prominent Democrats had called for the […]

Melania Trump heading back toward the US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is heading back toward the southern border of the United States. The first lady was expected to visit immigration centers Thursday housing migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman declined to immediately release details about her planned stops. The visit comes a week after Mrs. Trump traveled to the […]

DOJ says Congress must fix immigration after judge’s order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday said a judge’s order to reunite families separated at the border “makes it even more imperative” that Congress pass legislation that would enable it “to simultaneously enforce the law and keep families together.” Otherwise, the administration says, “lawlessness at the border will continue.” The administration was responding to […]

Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet saying they should quit wasting their time on it. The Friday tweet is hardly the first time the president has abandoned his allies in a moment of need. Over […]

Official: Hundreds of kids reunited with families since May

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday, as confusion mounted over the “zero tolerance” policy that called for the prosecution of anyone caught entering the United States illegally. It was […]

Supporters of Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Donald Trump’s decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform. Niurka Lopez of Michigan said Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy made sense because her family came to the U.S. legally from Cuba and everyone else […]

Cruz promises bill to deal with border crisis

Washington, June 19 – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he is introducing emergency legislation intended to keep migrant families together. Cruz has released a statement saying: “All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers. This must stop. Now.” The […]

Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The emotional policy of separating children from their parents is also starting to divide Republicans and their allies as Democrats turn up the pressure. Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to President Donald Trump […]

House GOP unveils bill for young immigrants, $25 B for border

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a “discussion draft” of a sweeping immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for young immigrants, $25 billion in border security — including advance funds for President Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico — and a provision aimed at addressing the crisis of family […]

GOP factions offer conflicting claims over immigration talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of House Republican moderates said Thursday that a tentative deal with conservatives was being discussed to help young “Dreamer” immigrants stay in the U.S. legally. Conservatives said later that no agreement has been reached, underscoring how elusive it has been for the GOP to resolve its long-running schism over the […]