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Past articles by Ted:

State Department restarts some Central America assistance

The State Department. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images The State Department will resume “targeted” foreign assistance for Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, according to an announcement Wednesday. The move comes after President Donald Trump in March ordered a freeze on hundreds of millions in development and security funding for the Central American nations. At the time, Trump said the countries… → Read More

Trump ending U.S. role as worldwide leader on refugees

Jessica Vaughan, a policy director with the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors lower levels of immigration, contends Trump’s 18,000-person ceiling will offer protections to those most in need around the world and ease the burden on receiving communities. “The fact that the numbers are going to be lower is going to be less of a concern for state and local governments,” she said. But… → Read More

Federal judge won’t allow Trump to expand family detention

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said this week that immigration authorities would stop releasing most migrant families caught at the border into the interior of the U.S. | Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via Getty Images A federal judge today blocked a Trump administration regulation that would allow families to be detained for lengthy periods of… → Read More

Trump administration cuts refugee cap to 18,000 for coming year

Under the terms of the order, states and localities must consent to refugee resettlement before refugees can be sent to those areas. The secretary of State can override the geographic restrictions if they are determined to be contrary to federal law or related policies. The cut to refugee levels comes after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a sweeping ban on… → Read More

Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restriction to proceed

The Supreme Court stay will terminate if the high court later declines to take up the case. → Read More

Border chief: Mexico must step up immigration enforcement

The border chief added that the U.S. continues to discuss a possible safe third country asylum deal with Mexico. → Read More

Judge restores nationwide block of asylum ban

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued the order. → Read More

Trump’s plan to stem border crossings gets results

Border arrests are plummeting after Trump crackdown. → Read More

Border arrests continued to drop in August amid Trump crackdown

The latest figures signal that counter-migration measures instituted by the Trump administration may be reducing the number of border crossers. → Read More

Pentagon authorizes 20 additional miles of border wall

The administration previously said the funds would cover roughly 100 miles of border fence in New Mexico, Arizona and California. → Read More

Trump to move to expand detentions of migrant families

The final rule outlines standards for the care of migrant children and families in the custody of federal immigration authorities. → Read More

Immigration advocates press to cut off charitable funds for anti-immigration groups

The America’s Voice letter comes amid growing scrutiny of companies that cooperate with President Donald Trump’s aggressive immigration crackdowns. → Read More

Trump scores partial win on asylum ban as court narrows injunction

But the panel also said in a related order that the asylum ban, implemented in July, likely violated federal regulatory law. → Read More

Trump to restrict immigration based on use of public benefits

The contentious policy almost certainly will trigger legal challenges. → Read More

Iraqi man dies after Trump administration deports him

The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, spent most of his life in the U.S., was swept up in President Donald Trump’s intensified immigration enforcement efforts. → Read More

Exclusive: Visa denials to poor Mexicans skyrocket under Trump’s State Department

The numbers offer a window into how the Homeland Security Department's forthcoming public charge regulation could reshape the legal immigration system. → Read More

Emails show Stephen Miller pressed hard to limit green cards

One former Trump official said White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has maintained a “singular obsession” with the public charge rule. → Read More

DOJ restricts asylum claims based on family relations

Attorney General William Barr’s ruling will guide future decisions in the immigration courts. → Read More

Trump announces asylum deal with Guatemala

Trump told reporters he had reached a “safe third country” deal with the Central American nation. → Read More

Trump administration expands scope of rapid deportations

The hard-line measures come as Trump appears poised to make immigration a focus of his 2020 reelection campaign. → Read More