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US govt still keeps 565 immigrant children in custody

WASHINGTON: The US government continues to hold 565 illegal immigrant children in custody, three weeks after a court deadline to reunite them with parents or guardians, according to reports. That included 24 children five years old or younger being cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR reported the parents of 366 of the 565 children were outside of the United States, making reunifications difficult. The parents of 154 of the children indicated they did…

Illegal immigrant parents not facing US prosecution for now

WASHINGTON: Parents who cross illegally from Mexico to the United States with their children will not face prosecution for the time being because the government is running short of space to house them, officials said on Monday. President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally but its policy of separating immigrant children from parents met fierce international criticism so it is now trying to keep detained families together while the parents await trial. That has…

Pakistani immigrant’s daughter wins London’s mayoral election

LONDON: UK’s Labour party’s politician Rohksana Fiaz, who is a British-Pakistani, has become London's first directly-elected female mayor. Rohksana Fiaz, who won with 53,214 votes, said she was "proud and privileged" to be London's first directly-elected female mayor, accoeding to Evening Standard. She takes over from Sir Robin Wales, who was deselected after 23 years in the post. However, Ms Fiaz hopes to hold the referendum during her four-year term as part of a "democracy review". Ms Fiaz was one of four Labour…

Trump administration appeals against ‘Dreamer’ immigrant ruling to top court

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said in a court filing “time is of the essence” and asked the high court to rule on the case before its current term ends in June. The Republican president in September rescinded, effective in March, the Deferred…

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in US

SAN FRANCISCO: Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters. The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” to continue working in the United States, the documents said. Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft,…

German police seek Tunisian in hunt for Christmas market attacker

BERLIN: German police are looking for a Tunisian man after finding an identity document under the driver's seat of the truck that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people, on Monday evening, security sources said. The document was in the name of Anis A., born in the southern city of Tataouine in 1992, the sources said, using a convention whereby suspects are identified by their first name and initial. The man was also believed to use false names. A spokesperson for Tunisia's foreign ministry said it was…