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Missing reporter voluntarily returns to China for investigation

A Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad said he voluntarily returned to China.

Missing reporter voluntarily returns to China for investigation

A Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad turned up Wednesday, telling his wife by phone he voluntarily returned to China for an investigation, in the latest case of... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Happy Valentine's — NYC museum shares love stories of early immigrants

Immigrant life in New York City at the turn of the 20th century could be tough — but there was always room for love. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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33 migrants drown as boat hits rocks, sinks off Turkey coast

A boat smuggling migrants to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 33 people including five children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Rubio urges against mass deportation as fix to immigration

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that if he is elected president, he will not look to deport 12 million people in the U.S. illegally, and will instead propose solutions... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Homesick and fed up: Iraqi refugees in Germany head home

It's a change of heart that Iraqi immigrant Sekvan Agho never saw coming. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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'Affluenza' teen arrives in Texas

Uniformed Mexican immigration agents put "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch aboard a commercial flight to Texas on Thursday morning, ending his month-long stay in Mexico. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Lawyers challenge Texas law on harboring immigrants

Immigrant rights attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging part of a Texas border security bill they say could allow state authorities to target shelters and landlords for harboring... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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AP Poll: Public doubts government's problem-solving ability

As the first voting nears in the presidential race, most Americans have little or no confidence in the federal government to confront what they see as the country's most important priorities,... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Trump, Cruz go at each other in year's first GOP debate

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz clashed Thursday night over the Texas senator's eligibility to serve as commander in chief and the businessman's "New York values,"... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Gov. Haley, Speaker Ryan offer new GOP answer to Trump

Two fresh faces in the Republican Party — House Speaker Paul Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — are offering messages of diversity and openness to immigrants that could answer... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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UK man faces French trial for trying to save migrant girl

Rob Lawrie had a choice. On one side lay the law — you can't sneak a 4-year-old girl across international borders — and on the other side sat his sentiments: How could he leave that... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Germany: Pakistanis, Syrian attacked in Cologne amid tension

A string of attacks on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve blamed largely on foreigners was "intolerable," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday, but "nothing excuses" retaliatory... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Protests in Cologne after assaults; Merkel pledges new laws

Women's rights activists, far-right demonstrators and leftwing counter-protesters took to the streets of Cologne on Saturday to voice their opinions in the debate that has followed a string of New... Read more »

Jan. 9, 2016

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Refugee program decried after Iraqis' terror-related arrests

The U.S. refugee program came under fresh criticism after federal authorities revealed that two Iraqi-born men arrested on terrorism-related charges had come to America as refugees. Read more »

Jan. 9, 2016

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Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible for the presidency? Legal experts say yes

Texas Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970, the son of Eleanor Darragh, from Wilmington, Del., and Rafael Cruz, a native of Cuba. Read more »

Jan. 8, 2016

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Hawaii's last sugar plantation to stop growing sugar

Hawaii's last sugar plantation is getting out of the sugar-growing business, signaling the end of an industry that once powered the local economy and lured thousands of immigrants to the islands. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack pleads not guilty

The man who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino attack pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a federal indictment accusing him of conspiring with one of the shooters and to provide... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Trump embraces Muslim ban in opening TV ads

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is giving some of the most divisive proposals of his campaign a starring role in his first television ad — although the billionaire developer... Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Health and Human Services notes uptick in unaccompanied youths from Central America

After 10,000 unaccompanied youths from Central America entered the United States in the past two months, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to open new temporary facilities to better... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Mom of 'affluenza' teen back in US after Mexico deportation

The mother of fugitive Texas teen Ethan Couch, known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident, has been returned to the U.S. from Mexico minus her son, whose own... Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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Officials: 'Affluenza' teen, mom tracked to Mexico by phone

A teen fugitive from Texas known for using an "affluenza" defense and his mother were scheduled to depart for the U.S. after authorities said a phone call for pizza led to their capture in the... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Derek B. Miller: Syrian refugees need to be integrated, not isolated

Refugees need to be integrated, not isolated, and Utahns have the compassion and capacity to make it happen. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Sudanese refugee recounts forced deportation from Jordan

Ahmed Doury and his wife had fled their home in Sudan's Darfur region for safety in Jordan. But after Jordanian security forces violently rounded up and deported them and other Sudanese asylum... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2015

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Syrian man whose plight spurred Obama's support comes to US

A Syrian scientist whose harrowing, tragic story spurred supporting words from President Barack Obama and a successful fundraising effort launched by actor Edward Norton arrived Thursday as a... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Immigration fuels Cruz-Rubio Republican clash

More than any other issue, immigration is driving the rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presidential rivals focusing on the divisive topic in their closing messages to Republican voters... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Chaffetz speaks with Muslim Utahns, says ban on Muslim immigration 'not moral'

U.S. House Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) spoke Monday with a Muslim congregation at the Khadeeja Mosque, addressing their concerns about the faith being misperceived nationwide in light of... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2015

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Trump supporters shrug off the fuss, say he gets it

The fuss over Donald Trump seems largely lost on many of those who support him. Where his critics see bigotry, they see common sense. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2015

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US launches trial of facial, eye scans on Mexican border

The federal government on Thursday began collecting facial and eye scans of foreigners entering the U.S. at a busy border crossing with Mexico, a first step in one of its most ambitious efforts to... Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015

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'Human rights form a chain with many links,' new Utah Citizens' Counsel report says

The Utah Citizens' Counsel released its annual public policy recommendations in seven areas, including poverty, education and governance. The organization's annual report was released at a press... Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015

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Who are US Muslims? Meet a coach, an entrepreneur, a lawyer

nald Trump offered a "temporary" plan to block Muslims from entering the United States in response to jihadist terrorism, some supporters cheered while other Americans decried the call as... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Syrian refugees welcomed by agencies despite states' fight

Days before a family of six Syrian refugees was to arrive in Texas, the furniture and supplies for their apartment were ready. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Trump's Muslim ban idea pushes GOP toward chaos

Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States is shoving the Republican Party to the edge of chaos, abruptly pitting GOP leaders against their own presidential front-runner and... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2015

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Trump shrugs off GOP rejections of proposal to ban Muslims

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to block Muslims from entering the United States is being met with a chorus of near-universal condemnation from across the country and around... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2015

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California killing spurs concerns about fiance visa program

The woman who carried out the San Bernardino massacre with her husband came to the U.S. last year on a special visa for fiances of U.S. citizens, raising questions about whether the process can... Read more »

Dec. 4, 2015

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Univision asks court to dismiss $500M Trump lawsuit

Univision struck back Friday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's $500 million lawsuit claiming that it unjustly broke a contract to broadcast beauty pageants, citing his... Read more »

Dec. 4, 2015

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Thousands of Syrian refugee children left in legal limbo

Aria is stateless. Like thousands of other children born to Syrian refugees living in Iraq, the 10-month-old girl is beginning her life in legal limbo. Read more »

Nov. 29, 2015

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GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political... Read more »

Nov. 28, 2015

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Carson visiting Syrian refugees in Jordan

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is in the Middle East this weekend to meet with Syrian refugees. Read more »

Nov. 27, 2015

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Obama plea to Supreme Court: Save my immigration plan

The Obama administration appealed to the Supreme Court Friday to rescue its plans to shield from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Angry migrants block railway at Macedonian border

Hundreds of protesting migrants whom Macedonia refuses to let in because it does not consider them legitimate asylum-seekers are blocking a railway line at the Greek-Macedonian border. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Family, border dangers keep Mexicans from returning to US

There are many reasons for the historic reversal of migration between the U.S. and Mexico, according the Pew Research Center, which announced Thursday that more than 1 million Mexicans headed south... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

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Many Syrians in US fear they are no longer welcome

Years ago, Khadija Aloush fled the fighting in Syria for Denmark, where she found anything but a warm welcome. Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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US refugee quandary: Immigrant legacy vs 9/11-era fears

The Paris attacks are rapidly weakening U.S. support for bringing in thousands more Syrian refugees, as pressure grows in Congress and the Republican presidential campaign to reverse course and... Read more »

Nov. 16, 2015

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McConnell may put immigration on agenda amid GOP fight

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed Democrats he may schedule a vote next week on a hard-line immigration bill pushed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate for president. Read more »

Nov. 13, 2015

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Utah Refugee Education and Training Center a 'home,' refugee leaders tell Gov. Herbert

Refugee leaders told Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday that the new Utah Refugee Education and Training Center, which will provide educational, life skills and job-seeking services, is a "home" to... Read more »

Nov. 10, 2015

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Census finds about 120 languages spoken in Utah

New U.S. Census data shows that about 120 languages are now spoken in Utah, with Spanish, Chinese and Pacific Island languages among the top in the state after English. Read more »

Nov. 9, 2015

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ICE agents arrest 111 in Utah

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Tuesday announced the results of a six-day operation that resulted in 235 illegal immigrants being arrested in four western states, including 111... Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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White House calls Ryan's immigration remarks 'preposterous'

The White House on Monday accused new House Speaker Paul Ryan of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party on immigration. Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

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GOP debate No. 3: A guide to the Republican 2016 candidates

There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that... Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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