Yeganeh Torbati

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4 May 2019 | 3:08 AM

Exclusive: Trump administration proposal would make it easier to deport immigrants who use public benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering reversing long-standing policy to make it easier to deport U.S. legal permanent residents who have used public benefits, part of an effort to restrict immigration by low-income people.

30 Apr 2019 | 9:51 AM

Trump directs officials to toughen asylum rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers on Monday, including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved.

10 Apr 2019 | 3:21 AM

More than 100,000 migrants encountered at U.S. southern border in March: data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officers arrested or denied entry to over 103,000 people along the border with Mexico in March, a 35 percent increase over the prior month and more than twice as many as the same period last year, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday.

9 Apr 2019 | 4:36 AM

Trump seen leaning hard on new DHS chief over border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's new acting chief of Homeland Security will be under pressure to implement legally dubious solutions to an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border - policies that his predecessor either could not, or would not, deliver.

5 Apr 2019 | 9:19 AM

Exclusive: Only 6 percent of those subject to Trump travel ban granted U.S. waivers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government granted waivers to just 6 percent of visa applicants subject to its travel ban on a handful of countries during the first 11 months of the ban, new data reviewed by Reuters shows.

2 Apr 2019 | 3:02 AM

Trump administration heightens effort to return asylum seekers to Mexico

WASHINGTON/SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The Trump administration is intensifying measures to curb the flow of Central American asylum seekers crossing into the United States from Mexico, officials said on Monday, including sending more people back to Mexico to wait for their asylum claims to be heard by U.S. courts.

30 Mar 2019 | 10:51 AM

Trump threatens closure of U.S.-Mexico border next week to stem asylum surge

WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the U.S. border with Mexico next week, potentially disrupting millions of legal border crossings and billions of dollars in trade, if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching the United States.

29 Mar 2019 | 2:45 AM

Trump extends Liberians' protected immigration status by one year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday unexpectedly extended an immigration designation granting protected status to Liberians for an additional year, just three days before the status was to expire.

13 Mar 2019 | 3:13 AM

U.S. immigration agency to close its overseas offices

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is planning to close the U.S. immigration agency's overseas locations, according to current and former officials and an internal memo, in a move affecting offices that currently handle family visa requests, international adoptions and other tasks.

13 Mar 2019 | 3:02 AM

U.S. expands return of asylum seekers to Mexico to new ports of entry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expanding its program to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court proceedings and so far has returned 240 people since starting the program in January, U.S. officials told reporters on Tuesday.