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Shorten spends big on childcare as Morrison takes axe to immigration

Updated April 28, 2019 18:04:40 It was a Sunday spending spree as Labor unleashed billions in its bid to win over families ahead of the May 18 federal election.Bill Shorten's more than $6 billion in funding commitments came on the eve of early voting, with punters getting their first chance to have their say from…

What Vote Compass tells us about voters’ views on immigration

Posted April 24, 2019 05:04:01 The voters of Australia don't always agree with the immigration policies of the party they support, the ABC's Vote Compass survey shows. Key pointsAbout one-third of Australian voters would like to see increased immigrationCoalition, Labor and Greens voters don't always fall into line with party policyBut One Nation voters overwhelmingly…

The government shutdown is having a ‘devastating impact’ on an already...

In this December 2, 2018, file photo, Honduran migrants surrender to the U.S. Border Patrol. Associated Press/Ramon Espinosa The ongoing government shutdown has had a "devastating impact" on the immigration system, resulting in more than 42,000 court hearings being cancelled over the last four weeks. Federal judges say these canceled hearings will take years to…

Is the US facing an immigration crisis?

United States President Donald Trump is refusing to give up his signature campaign promise of building a wall along the country's border with Mexico. But Democrats won't give him the more than $5bn he wants to build it. The stalemate has led to the second-longest partial US government shutdown in history. In response, Trump went…

Morrison’s population problem of his own making, says former immigration official

Updated November 20, 2018 20:18:07 A former senior immigration official has blasted Prime Minister Scott Morrison's attempts to curb population pressures in Australian cities, saying Mr Morrison's decisions as immigration minister "drove population to our cities".The Government's latest plan to address Australia's rapid population growth is to curb permanent migration.But Abul Rizvi, a former deputy…

Arab refugees in Bangkok long for home amid immigration crackdown

Bangkok - Six years ago, several days after taking his high school exams, Ibrahim and his family fled Syria to Lebanon where they boarded a flight to Bangkok. Arriving in the Thai capital on tourist visas, they experienced freedom away from the horrors of war in Syria.  But since their visas expired, they have been…

‘Another cruel step’: US rights groups slam new immigration rules

Rights groups in the United States have slammed a plan by the Trump administration to deny green cards to immigrants who receive public benefits, such as food stamps.  On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) listed a wide range of benefits,  which if claimed, could disqualify US immigrants seeking visas or green cards, or prevent immigrants…
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