Immigration

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET

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.

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced a  “Zero Tolerance” policy in illegal immigration earlier this year , and that policy has recently come under scrutiny for news that  children are being separated from their parents as they enter the United States across the Mexican border. A group, called “Mountaineers for Progress”, hosted a protest Monday evening against the policy.

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Updated Jan. 10 12:35 p.m.:

A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program late Tuesday night (Jan. 9th).

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Democrats and Republicans say they want to pass immigration reform this year. Most Republicans are pushing for tighter border regulations, while some Democrats say they would like to find a way to extend work permits to “Dreamers” through the DACA program. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It provided two-year work permits to some undocumented immigrants if their parents brought them into the country as children. 

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Six men in central West Virginia were arrested by federal immigration officers during a raid last week.

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, conducted the raid at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant in Dunbar Thursday, August 3. 

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The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park played host to a naturalization ceremony Tuesday morning for 19 new U.S. citizens.

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A church in West Virginia has pledged to be a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants who are targets of deportation.

The Herald-Dispatch reports The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Huntington announced on Wednesday a pledge to open its doors to those facing deportation and discrimination, as it believes policies under past and current administrations have unfairly discriminated against immigrants.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

Updated at 5:40 a.m. ET Sunday

Federal Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, N.Y. granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union and issued a stay late Saturday on the deportations of valid visa holders after they have landed at a U.S. airport. The ruling by Donnelly temporarily blocks President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration signed Friday.

According to NPR's Hansi Lo Wang:

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How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

Telling West Virginia's Syrian Story: Part Two, Zain

Mar 22, 2016
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About 2 million Syrian children have been relocated due to the Civil War. Many of these children are still on the run with their families looking for security, either in neighboring countries or in Europe. But there are some Syrian kids living right here in West Virginia. 11 year-old Zain is one of them. Still, he is not a refugee, he is the youngest of a Syrian immigrant family.

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How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

This issue has been heating up in the last year. As refugees from Syria have been arriving in Europe, some Americans, like Donald Trump,  have called for barring them from entering the United States.

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On this  episode of the Inside Appalachia podcast, we talk immigration, migration and what it could all mean for Appalachia.

 

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What do Donald Trump, Hmong immigrants, and pepperoni rolls have in common? They're all on "The Front Porch" podcast this week.

We discuss Trump's anti-immigrant appeal, and why West Virginia has the lowest percentage of foreign-born people in the entire U.S.

Should West Virginia be recruiting immigrants as an economic development strategy? Or do immigrants compete for scarce jobs with native-born people?

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin today criticized President Obama’s new executive rule the will affect millions of illegal immigrants in this country not because of the rule itself he said, but because of the timing.

The President announced the temporary shield for more than 5 million illegal immigrants in a primetime speech Thursday.