The federal government has denied Washington state an extension from complying with tougher federal requirements that require proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver's licenses and IDs to be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft.

The letter from the Department of Homeland Security, obtained by The Associated Press Wednesday, was sent Monday to the state Department of Licensing notifying of them of the decision.

Rep. Paul Ryan promised Rep. Mo Brooks that as speaker he will not bring to the House floor immigration legislation that is not supported by a majority of Republicans, and that “there will be no comprehensive immigration reform under this president.”

National Review reports that Ryan affirmed those stances by approving of a letter drafted by Brooks.

The letter sought to put on paper promises that Ryan made during a closed-door meeting with the House Freedom Caucus last week.

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked legislation to crack down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, casting the bill as anti-immigration policy that echoes the rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Africans have the highest educational attainment rates of any immigrant group in the United States with higher levels of completion than the stereotyped Asian American model minority. It is not only the first generation that does well, as estimates indicate that a highly disproportionate percentage of black students at elite universities are African or the children of African immigrants.

The United States began regulating immigration soon after it won independence from Great Britain, and the laws since enacted have reflected the politics and migrant flows of the times. Early legislation tended to impose limits that favored Europeans, but a sweeping 1965 law opened doors to immigrants from other parts of the world. In more recent years, laws and presidential actions have been shaped by concerns about refugees, unauthorized immigration and terrorism.

Determined to meet Pope Francis and deliver a plea for help in pushing for immigration reform, 5-year-old Sophie Cruz traveled to Washington, D.C., this week with her father and fellow members of downtown L.A.’s Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. At first, the little girl was stopped by the guards securing the area, but Pope Francis requested to let her through so that he could hear her harrowing tale.

Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his humble manner and his "church of the poor" to a rich and powerful nation polarized over economic inequality, immigration and equal justice.

According a rare honor to the pontiff, President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters met Francis at the bottom of the stairs on the red-carpeted tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after the pope's chartered plane touched down from Cuba. Presidents usually make important visitors come to them at the White House.

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad.

A Kenyan man was ordered detained Wednesday after he appeared in federal magistrate’s court on a charge of marriage fraud in connection with an immigration law violation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Edwin Mureithi Itune to remain in federal custody without bond pending a preliminary hearing set on September 9 on a charge that Itune arranged a marriage to a U.S. citizen for the purpose of evading immigration laws, a federal court document said.

Eduardo Saverin, cofounder of Facebook, shed his naturalized U.S. citizenship after moving to Singapore with his IPO windfall.

Stanley Amland threw it off. So did Ingrid Bracke. Rhoda May Derksen ditched hers, too.

The names, picked at random for this article from the Federal Register, are among the 3,415 Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship or relinquished their residency permits last year.

As a national debate rages about "anchor babies" and the constitutional amendment that grants "birthright citizenship" to anyone born on U.S. soil, a record number of Americans and green-card holders are becoming ex-Americans.

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