The Latest: Protesters interrupt homeland secretary’s dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on immigration legislation (all times local):

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About a dozen protesters heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration's immigration policy as she ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington.

The protesters entered MXDC Cocina Mexicana Tuesday and chanted "Shame!" and ...

Medicaid fraud exploded after Obamacare expansion: GOP report

Medicaid fraud has risen and bogus payments have more than doubled since Obamacare expanded the government's chief health insurance program for the poor, topping $37 billion a year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Senate's chief watchdog committee.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which ...

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Crying children fill ‘tender age’ shelters

President Donald Trump's immigration policies have come under intense scrutiny because of the forced separation of more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents. Democrats and some Republicans are urging an end to the practice at the U.S.-Mexico border. A look at the latest developments:

'TENDER AGE' SHELTERS

The Associated ...

Conservative groups launch ad campaign opposing tariffs

Conservative advocacy groups aligned with GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch said Wednesday they'll begin airing ads in Washington next week opposing tariffs, a campaign that comes just as President Trump escalates his tariff feud with China.

The six-figure campaign by Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity and The LIBRE Initiative ...

South Korea leader urges denuclearization steps from North

BEIJING (AP) - South Korea's president on Wednesday urged Pyongyang to show a plan for concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Beijing to discuss the outcome of his summit with President Donald Trump.

Kim is in Beijing on ...

California to defend immigration laws against Trump

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After repeatedly suing the Trump administration over U.S. immigration policies, California will find itself in an unusual position Wednesday: defending protections for people in the country illegally against a court challenge by the federal government.

U.S. Judge John Mendez in Sacramento will hear arguments from attorneys ...

No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Trump administration officials say they haven't yet figured out how to reunite the thousands of children separated from their families at the border.

The separations are a result of a zero-tolerance policy adopted in May by the Department of Justice in which anyone caught entering the ...

New Mexico senators plan visit to border detention facility

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.

Sen. Martin Heinrich tweeted Tuesday that he ...

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.

Throughout American history, during times of war ...

House GOP gets little direction from Trump on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump told House Republicans he is "1,000 percent" behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse the escalating controversy over family separations at the southern border.

And it's uncertain if Trump's support will be enough ...

Delaware bill to help immigrant students with legal status

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that encourages Delaware colleges and universities to assist foreign-born student entrepreneurs in maintaining proper legal status within the United States.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed the measure, which is aimed at students engaged in developing new businesses and ...

Immigrant groups protesting separation of migrant families

BOSTON (AP) - Immigrant activists are calling for a rally in front of the Massachusetts State House to protest President Donald Trump's administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and other groups say they'll gather at the State House steps Wednesday ...

Convicted Republican businessman’s company targets Democrats

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio telemarketing company whose Republican owner spent more than a year in prison following a campaign finance probe has organized employees and suppliers in a retaliatory effort to bring down two prominent Democrats, The Associated Press has learned.

An explosive memo posted online lays out ...

Opening statements in ex-New York Senate leader’s retrial

NEW YORK (AP) - Opening statements are set to begin in the retrial of ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) and his son on corruption charges.

Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery. Dean Skelos, a 70-year-old Republican, was sentenced to five ...

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC cries over ‘tender age’ shelters report

An Associated Press story about "tender age" shelters caused Rachel Maddow to break down in tears on camera Tuesday night.

The MSNBC host was reading at the end of her show from the AP story about the youngest children being separated from their illegal-immigrant parents, "Officials have been sending babies ...