US immigration agents ordered to focus on serious criminals

The Biden administration has also come under pressure from pro-immigrant advocates to scale back enforcement further. The US government issued interim guidance on Thursday sharply limiting who can be arrested and deported by immigration agents, a move that came as the Biden administration faces growing pressure from activists to scale back deportations. The guidelines instruct […]

Live Updates: Biden’s Immigration Plan Would Offer Path to Citizenship For Millions

Here’s what you need to know: Video transcript Back transcript Congressional Democrats Introduce Eight-year Path to Citizenship Democrats on Capitol Hill unveiled their immigration overhaul on Thursday that would expand worker visas in an effort to modernize the immigration system and provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans. “That’s why we today, […]

Biden, Dems to unveil sweeping immigration reform legislation

The major overhaul would create an eight-year pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented people. US President Joe Biden’s administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the United States without legal […]

Biden Signals He’s Flexible on Immigration Overhaul

WASHINGTON — President Biden has said repeatedly that he wants to create a path to citizenship for all of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. But even as he prepares to push hard for the broadest possible overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, he and his aides have started to signal openness […]

Biden to Sign 3 Orders That Will Roll Back Trump’s Immigration Agenda

WASHINGTON — President Biden plans to sign three executive orders on Tuesday aimed at further rolling back his predecessor’s assault on immigration and at reuniting migrant children who were separated from their families at the Mexican border, according to administration officials. In one order, the president will direct the secretary of homeland security to lead […]

Biden faces tough road in push to reform US immigration: Experts

Washington, DC – US President Joe Biden is expected to issue a raft of new immigration orders in the coming days that will reverse policies championed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, including on asylum at the United States-Mexico border and the reunification of migrant families. Biden took office last month after winning the backing of […]

Biden’s immigration moves could help heal a nation

Joe Biden has chosen to spend a large amount of his early administration’s political capital on reforming immigration policy. Just look at a couple of the US president’s executive orders. On January 20, the day of his inauguration, Biden ordered the termination of Trump’s prized US-Mexico border wall. The same day, he revoked a Trump […]

‘Sigh of relief’: Immigration advocates welcome Biden proposal

President Joe Biden plans to introduce a bill that would open a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, garnering cautious optimism from immigration advocates. The new president also promised a 100-day halt to deportations of people already in the country, while the proposed bill would recognise the US […]

Joe Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, COVID, climate

BREAKING Aides to the president elect say 15 executive orders will be immediately issued after he is sworn in on Wednesday. In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, […]

Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, COVID-19, environment

MANILA: The Philippines will maintain “close and friendly” relations with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden, a top Philippine official said on Wednesday, amid a period of strain in their decades-old alliance.“We congratulate again the incoming president and we look forward to having close and friendly relations with the Biden administration,” presidential spokesman Harry […]

US-bound caravan faces hunger, Biden plans immigration reform

Hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants huddled overnight on a highway in eastern Guatemala in the early hours of Monday after domestic security forces used sticks and tear gas to halt the passage of a US-bound caravan just days before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office. As many as 8,000 migrants, including families with young children, […]

Google backs Biden immigration plan, aids US ‘Dreamer’ programme

US President-elect Biden plans to reform immigration after Trump’s curbs on foreign workers that have hurt tech firms. Alphabet Inc’s Google said it would support President-elect Joe Biden’s efforts to pass a new United States immigration law and would help cover application fees for immigrants seeking lawful work under a threatened government programme. Google said […]

Brexit, immigration, travel: What you should know, in 500 words

Freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will come to an end on December 31, ushering in huge changes for how Britons and Europeans live, work and travel. The UK’s upcoming departure from the European Union’s orbit will see the rules governing how Britons and Europeans live, work and travel between the country […]

Secretive Switzerland-China immigration deal fuels concern

Switzerland gave Chinese security agents free run inside its borders and the rest of Europe for five years as part of a secretive immigration agreement between the two countries, according to human rights watchdog Safeguard Defenders. While the agreement officially expired this week, Safeguard Defenders warned that it was up for renewal in a report […]

Lone children among hundreds in Malaysia immigration detention

In December, Rafiullah’s fears were realised when his 14-year-old nephew was caught trying to enter Malaysia on foot and detained. The boy is now among 756 children Malaysia’s home minister reported to be in immigration detention across the country as of October 26, and like 405 of them, Rafiullah’s nephew is on his own. “This […]

US agency warns of long waits for immigrant visas, work permits

The United States agency responsible for granting immigrant visas and “green card” residency permits said on Tuesday that it would avoid a planned furlough of 13,000 employees in two weeks but warned of long wait times for applications. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the US Department of Homeland Security, has seen […]