Immigration

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When did immigration to the United States become illegal? That is the question many people may wonder, as the Trump Administration toughens restrictions on undocumented Americans. As Latin American scholar and author Aviva Chomsky told an audience Thursday evening at Trinity Church of Buffalo, excluding non-white immigrants is a long tradition.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

The United States and Canada have nearly 4,000 miles of border, spanning from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans.  And Canada's consul-general believes the two longtime friendly nations can work out the trade and immigration issues fueling the current spat between the nations' leaders.

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From 2009 to 2016, the Defense Department recruited more than 10,000 non-citizens into the armed forces. Now some say they're being discharged without explanation.

The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but there's increasing concern over the growing number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the northern border with Canada.

You don't have to look very far on social media to see misinformation about refugees or the vetting process for entering the United States. WNED | WBFO wants to help clear that up.

With the United States dealing with what many call an immigration crisis, a church in Buffalo is making an artistic statement on the divisive issue.

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Several community organizations who serve local refugees and immigrants are uniting to denounce the Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump's travel ban from seven nations, including five featuring Muslim-majority populations.

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Immigration officials say they’ve arrested forty undocumented immigrants across the state, many of whom had been charged with prior crimes. The announcement highlights a major debate in the immigration policy discussion: who is considered a criminal?

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the U.S. illegally.

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order.

President Trump and administration officials are walking a fine line on family separation at the border.

They argue they don't like the policy, but that their hands are tied — and instead are pointing fingers at Congress to "fix" it.

There may be good reason for that — the policy (and it is a Trump administration policy, despite the Homeland Security secretary's claims to the contrary) is unpopular.

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President Trump told House Republicans that he will support them "1,000 percent" in their efforts to pass immigration legislation later this week. Republicans left the wide-ranging talk in the Capitol in good spirits but still unsure if they have the votes to pass a bill.

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Protestors at Rep. Tom Reed’s office in Geneva called on the congressman to take action against an immigration policy that is separating children from their families at the U.S. southern border.

USCIS message to Buffalo's immigrants: we're here to help

Jun 11, 2018
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Immigration could be a thorny issue this coming Congressional mid-term election. House Speaker Paul Ryan has promised compromise, as moderates demand protection for those who came into the US undocumented as children. Others are concerned for those who arrive via human trafficking. WBFO was invited recently to sit with the Buffalo-area District Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services to learn what the local office does, and how they assist immigrants who have arrivred under extraordinary circumstances.


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Two State Senators and the Erie County Sheriff are urging members of the Assembly to pass a bill they say will make it easier to prosecute those who conduct human sex trafficking, especially in cases involving child victims.


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The mayor of Toronto says the city is facing an immigration crisis and it is overwhelming the community’s ability to cope. Mayor John Tory is calling on the Canadian and Ontario governments to help pay for the costs.


With a depressed farm economy already hurting their prospects, many local growers and producers would have welcomed passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Instead, the House of Representatives voted it down last week. Steve Ammerman of the New York Farm Bureau says his agency is "disappointed" by the rejection which was fueled by a conflicting assortment of political priorities.

Current U.S. immigration policies pose an economic threat to New York's struggling dairy industry, according to the director of a farmworker program at Cornell University.

Sheila Sicilia

Immigration activists filming federal border patrol agents questioning the citizenship status of travelers at the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse has raised questions about the treatment of foreign-born residents. However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said those agents are following the law.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Marguin Sanchez, 23 of California, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to employ what it described as "unlawful aliens" at four local Mexican restaurants.

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A group of business leaders is opposing President Trump's actions on immigration.

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President Trump is planning a bipartisan pitch to Congress with his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, but he will have his work cut out for him with a public that is more divided than ever.

"Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family," Trump will say, according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House.

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It's the alleged word used that is being heard around the world. But for representatives of five Western New York agencies that serve immigrant and refugee populations, President Donald Trump's alleged description of Haiti, El Salvador and 54 African countries as "s***hole nations" is part of a greater attitude toward those who come to the United States. On Friday, they gathered to denounce the alleged words and tone from the White House.


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President Trump on Thursday referred to African nations as "s***hole countries" during a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of senators, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the conversation.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo remains an attractive place for students from across the world to go to undergraduate and graduate school.

Trump Travel Ban Allowed To Take Partial Effect

Nov 14, 2017

A federal appeals court in California has ruled that the Trump administration's long-delayed travel ban can go into partial effect, allowing the government to temporarily keep travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

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A criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors accuses Sayfullo Saipov of carrying out the truck attack in Lower Manhattan that killed at least eight people and injured a dozen more on Tuesday.

Canada's 'Welcome' To Immigrants Has Some Unintended Consequences

Oct 30, 2017

Right after the U.S. election last year, Mike Tippett saw an opportunity.

He'd been talking to his friends in Silicon Valley and they were nervous about the newly elected president's attitude toward immigration.

"Many of the start-ups and technology companies in the States and across the globe are made up of people who are not necessarily from that country," Tippett says.

Almost half of all American start-ups were actually founded by immigrants.

5 Questions About DACA Answered

Sep 6, 2017

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in six months if Congress doesn't find a more permanent solution.

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