Immigration

Ontario Launches Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream

A new Canadian immigration stream has been launched by the government of Ontario. The Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream, which was announced on August 16 and opened the same day, is a pilot for workers in high-demand occupations with a job offer in Ontario. The Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream is part of …

20 immigrants found locked in a semitrailer in West Texas

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas — Border Patrol agents have found 20 immigrants crammed into a locked semitrailer at a checkpoint in West Texas. A Border Patrol spokesman said the immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala were in good condition after being found early Monday at the Interstate 10 checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, about 85 miles …

Some asylum seekers struggling to find housing after leaving shelters

MONTREAL — Some of the asylum-seekers who have recently crossed the Canada-U.S. border say they’re struggling to find a place to live once they leave government-run temporary shelters. Ahmed Iftikhar, 42, says he walked across the border from New York in late July with his wife and four children. Since then, he says they’ve been …

Judge won’t give Texas ‘sanctuary city’ ban early blessing

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Wednesday threw out Texas’ efforts to have a “sanctuary cities” ban preemptively declared constitutional in a victory for the state’s largest cities, including Houston and Dallas, which want the immigration crackdown blocked before it takes effect in September. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin made no judgment on …

Judge blocks law requiring birth certificates to marry

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge has permanently blocked a Louisiana law that prevented foreign-born U.S. citizens from getting married if they couldn’t produce a birth certificate. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle’s ruling resolves a lawsuit Lafayette resident Viet Anh Vo filed last year after he and his U.S.-born fiancee had their application for …

Immigrant mom to stay in US while child treated for cancer

EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are allowing an immigrant mother facing deportation to Mexico to stay in the U.S. for another six months while her daughter is treated for cancer at a Texas children’s hospital. ICE officials told The El Paso Times that this is the third permit they’ve granted …

US colleges help foreign students wary of travelling home

Art student Usman Anwar planned to spend this summer at home in Pakistan, visiting family and hiking with friends, but as he followed news about President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration, he decided it was too risky to leave the U.S. “I had a feeling that if I would go back … I won’t be …

A US back road is route to hope in Canada for many migrants

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — They have come from all over the United States, piling out of taxis, pushing strollers and pulling luggage, to the end of a country road in the north woods. Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a “road closed” sign, threading …

Alberta hopes program will reduce family violence in immigrant communities

EDMONTON — Alberta hopes to reduce domestic violence in immigrant communities by teaching men and boys not to take their frustrations of living in a new country out on the women and girls in their families. The province is renewing funding for agencies that use “cultural navigators” — respected community leaders — to deliver the …

Chicago sues over sanctuary city threat; Sessions fires back

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. Hours later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions hit back at …

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