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How a forgotten 1965 law paved the way for today's battles over immigration

Jun 23, 2020
Author Jia Lynn Yang describes how a law meant to maintain the country's white racial majority led to more diversity.
The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty, an iconic symbol of welcome.
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DACA recipient on Supreme Court decision: "I don't think it's enough"

Jun 19, 2020
For Carlos Rodriguez Cortez, the ruling is a relief for now, but "it being repealed later on is still a very viable thing that can happen."
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Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA, for now

Jun 18, 2020
But the Supreme Court’s decision today was narrow. The Trump administration or Congress could renew efforts to end the program.
DACA activists celebrate in front of the Supreme Court after the court rejected President Donald Trump's effort to rescind the program.
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Supreme Court rejects Trump's efforts to end young immigrants' protections under DACA

Jun 18, 2020
For now, those immigrants retain their protection from deportation and their authorization to work in the United States.
Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by his four liberal colleagues, wrote for the court that the administration did not pursue the end of the program properly.
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What's changed at the U.S.-Mexico border because of COVID-19?

Mar 12, 2020
People are continuing to go to work and take public transportation at the border.
A man sits on a fountain just across the street from the border crossing in Brownsville, Texas, on June 29, 2019.
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Trump administration poised to raise cap on seasonal visas again this year

Feb 24, 2020
H-2B visas are capped at 66,000 per year, but the law allows the Department of Homeland Security to nearly double that.
For seasonal businesses like crabbing, a visa lottery application is no guarantee.
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Trump administration's "public charge" rules go into effect

Feb 24, 2020
Getting food aid or housing assistance could hurt immigrants' chances of getting a green card.
Using programs like food stamps can now hurt a person's chance when they are applying for visas or a change in immigration status.
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Trump administration takes aim at "birth tourism"

Jan 24, 2020
New visa rules add restrictions for pregnant visitors and those seeking other medical treatment in the U.S.
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Immigration fees set to be much higher in 2020

Jan 3, 2020
Green card and citizenship application fees could go up roughly 80%.
In this file photo, immigrants await their turn for green card and citizenship interviews at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office on May 30, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
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U.S. migration policies hit the Mexico-Guatemala border

Nov 12, 2019
Tensions between the U.S. and Mexico regarding migration have also hit hard on the borders, not only between both nations, but also between Mexico and Guatemala.
Raftsmen help Guatemalans cross the Suchiate towards Mexico, where they buy goods with higher quality and lower prices.
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