Voters laugh when senator praises Trump’s support of Norway

Iowa voters laughed aloud when Republican Sen. Joni Ernst lauded President Trump — for supporting Norway. During a town hall meeting in Red Oak, constituents asked her whether she backed Trump’s reported comments that Haiti and some African nations were “shithole countries” during a bipartisan immigration meeting last week,

Trump: US welcomes immigrants ‘from everywhere’

President Trump on Tuesday touted the record low unemployment rate among black Americans and declared that immigrants “from everywhere” were welcome in the US. Trump’s comments came on Twitter and later during a brief televised appearance at the White House with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. “Black unemployment is the

Dick Durbin doubles down on claim Trump used ‘shithole’ slur

Sen. Dick Durbin doubled down Tuesday on his charge that President Trump called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” and said “We need more Europeans” during a White House meeting on immigration. “The most outrageous comment, obviously, was in reference to countries overseas that might send immigrants to the

GOP senator denies Trump made ‘shithole’ comment

A Republican senator who attended a White House meeting to discuss immigration shot down reports that President Trump used the term “shithole countries” to refer to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, calling it a “gross misrepresentation.” “I’m telling you he did not use that word, George. And I’m telling

Trump says DACA ‘is probably dead’ because of Democrats

President Trump in a tweet on Sunday said the Obama-era policy that protects young immigrants known as “Dreamers” is “probably dead” and blamed its demise on Democrats. “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away

Trump won’t address ‘shithole’ remark while honoring MLK

President Trump on Friday signed a proclamation honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King — but ducked questions about whether he should apologize for calling African and Caribbean nations “shitholes” the day before. “This is a great and important day, Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, 2018, by the

GOP lawmakers ‘do not recall’ Trump’s ‘shithole’ slur

Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton say they “don’t recall” President Trump “specifically” smearing Haiti and African nations as “shitholes” at an Oval Office meeting they attended Thursday. “We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in

Trump claims ‘shithole’ slur was made up by Dems

President Trump on Friday shot down reports that he said anything offensive about the people of Haiti, which he reportedly described – along with Africa – as a “shithole.” “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” Trump said about

Senators may have reached immigration deal

A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday have a deal on resolving the status Dreamers, border security and restrictions on legal immigration and is seeking the White House’s OK , a new report said Thursday. Sources said Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake believes a deal has been reached, and

Councilmen cuffed protesting arrest of immigrant-rights activist

Two City Council members were among nearly a dozen people arrested Thursday morning in lower Manhattan while protesting the detention of an immigrant-rights activist who’s battling deportation, a council staffer said. Council members Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) were busted while blocking an ambulance holding Ravi Ragbir

Immigration agents raid dozens of 7-Eleven stores

LOS ANGELES — US immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with

Washington sues Motel 6 for giving guest info to ICE agents

SEATTLE — Washington’s attorney general sued Motel 6 on Wednesday, alleging the national budget chain disclosed the private information of thousands of its guests to U.S. immigration authorities in violation of the state consumer protection law. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said motel employees divulged the names, birthdates, driver’s license

With new year, California becomes ‘sanctuary state’

California became a “sanctuary state” Monday, as a bill that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October officially took effect. The law bars police in the nation’s most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases,

Trump to Dems: No ‘dreamer’ deal without border wall

President Trump on Friday demanded that Democrats approve funding for his signature Mexican border wall before he supports a program designed to protect immigrants brought into the US illegally as minors. “The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed

Pope compares Bethlehem trek to refugee migrations today

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave homelands for a better life, or just for survival, and he expressed hope that no one