In this Nov. 10, 2019, photo, migrants gather at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, to hear names called from a waiting…
FILE - Migrants gather to hear names called from a waiting list to claim asylum in the U.S., at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 10, 2019.

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American citizenship for Liberians
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. Congress includes a provision to put thousands of Liberian immigrants on the path to American citizenship.

FILE - Demonstrators rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court advocating for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on Nov. 10, 2019 in Washington. Liberians are among groups covered under TPS.
US Citizenship Path for Thousands of Liberians Tucked in Spending Bill
Liberian immigrants without permanent legal status in the United States will be eligible to apply for green cards and eventual US citizenship under the terms of a defense spending bill passed by the US Senate

Trump administration taken to court again
A lawsuit filed by civil rights groups is decrying the Trump administration's "weaponization" of the U.S. immigration court system and accusing the Justice Department of creating a "deportation machine" and subverting long-standing laws governing the treatment of immigrants in America.

Guatemalan migrants walk on the tarmac after being deported from U.S., at La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City,…
Trump Administration Taken to Court Again on Immigration Policies
New lawsuit alleges DOJ created 'deportation machine'

Facebook
Facebook vowed to prevent efforts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. Census, guarding against the posting of misleading information and prohibiting advertisements that portray taking part in the census as "useless or meaningless."

FILE - Demonstrators rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, April 23, 2019, to protest a proposal to add a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.
Facebook to Tackle Efforts to Interfere With 2020 US Census
Social media giant says aim is to counter postings of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens to people who do

Asylum guidelines
The Trump administration proposed a regulation to bar immigrants convicted of a new list of crimes from claiming asylum. The proposal must go through a public comment period before it is finalized.

US Customs and Border Patrol officials wait to hand asylum-seekers over to Mexican officials as they are returned  under the so-called Remain in Mexico program, on the international bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, July 10, 2019.
Trump Administration Seeks to Bar Convicted Immigrants From Asylum
Immigrants convicted of illegally reentering the US, driving drunk or committing domestic violence will be barred from claiming asylum under a new regulation proposed by the White House

U.S. deports convicted German killer
This week the U.S. government deported a German man convicted in the high-profile killings of his girlfriend's parents in the U.S. 35 years ago. The crime stunned the Virginia community where it happened and prompted decades of media obsession.

German Jens Soering, center, is embraced by Bernadette Faber after his arrival at the Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany,…
US Deports Convicted German Killer
Jens Soering spent decades behind bars for his part in the 1985 deaths of his girlfriend's parents

Flu vaccines for migrants
Members of Congress urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection to change its decision not to vaccinate migrants against the flu. A letter sent Monday by 65 Democratic legislators to Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan expressed "disappointment and alarm about the failure of CBP to provide recommended flu vaccinations to migrants in its custody."

FILE - Members of the Border Patrol and U.S. military talk with migrants who illegally crossed the border between Mexico and the U.S. to request political asylum, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 6, 2019.
US Legislators Urge CBP to Provide Flu Vaccines for Migrants in Custody
CBP reportedly has said it will not vaccinate migrants in detention because people are typically held in the agency's custody for three days or less, and those who are sent to other federal agencies will receive vaccinations later

From the Feds
Repatriation initiative: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior announced the continuation of a joint agreement between both governments to return Mexican migrants to the interior of Mexico.

Letter of intent to increase security: The U.S. and Panamanian governments signed a letter promising greater security cooperation.