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Trump to tout U.S. ‘comeback’ at State of the Union speech

By AAMER MADHANI | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use next week’s State of the Union to promote what he calls the “Great American comeback,” according to a senior administration official.The speech comes at a moment when Trump is hoping to put his...

Government works to ease ballooning immigration case backlog

By COLLEEN LONG | January 31, 2020

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Inside the glass high-rise that houses the headquarters of the nation's immigration courts, the focus is on how to make the immensely strained system more efficient.Grappling with an inherited backlog that has ballooned to 1...

Greece boosts border patrols, plans cameras to stop migrants

By COSTAS KANTOURIS | January 31, 2020

PYTHIO, Greece (AP) — Greece is stepping up security on its porous land border with Turkey, used by thousands of migrants to clandestinely enter Europe, with extra guards supported by a network of powerful surveillance cameras, officials said Friday.The...

Winds topple US border wall being built; it falls in Mexico

January 30, 2020

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — A portion of border wall being built in California toppled in strong winds, falling on a busy street on the Mexican side, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured.Concrete had not yet dried on several panels of steel poles...

Congresswoman eyes document on border detention of Iranians

By GENE JOHNSON | January 30, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. congresswoman was working Thursday to verify a document showing that despite agency denials, Customs and Border Protection agents were ordered to detain Iranian and Iranian-American travelers at the U.S.-Canada border in Washington...

US finds ally in Mexico as asylum policy marks first year

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | January 30, 2020

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Perla family of El Salvador has slipped into a daily rhythm in Mexico while they wait for the U.S. to decide whether to grant them asylum.A modest home has replaced the tent they lived in at a migrant shelter. Their 7- and...

Philippine church denies FBI allegations, to fight in court

By JIM GOMEZ | January 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine religious group on Thursday denied allegations by American law enforcement agents that it was involved in a scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.FBI...

Indian police detain man for firing during student protest

January 30, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Thursday detained a man who allegedly fired a pistol near a university in New Delhi where students were protesting a new citizenship law that excludes Muslims.The man challenged protesters as they started marching from...

Australia defends plan to create island quarantine camp

By ROD McGUIRK | January 30, 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Thursday defended its plan to send citizens evacuated from the epicenter of China’s novel coronavirus emergency to a remote island used to banish asylum seekers and convicted criminals, despite...

Minnesota priest apologizes for calling Muslims a ‘threat’

January 29, 2020

LONSDALE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Roman Catholic priest apologized Wednesday for saying in a sermon that Islam was “the greatest threat in the world” to the United States and Christianity.The Rev. Nick VanDenBroeke apologized in a statement issued...

Arrests at LA church allege marriage, immigration fraud

By BRIAN MELLEY | January 29, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal agents raided a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles Wednesday in a human trafficking investigation that led to arrests of three church leaders in what prosecutors said was a decades-long scheme to trick followers into...

US now forcing asylum seekers from Brazil to wait in Mexico

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants from Brazil who seek U.S. asylum at the southern border will now have to wait in Mexico to learn their fate along with tens of thousands of others turned back under a year-old Trump administration policy.The Department of...