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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.    | Video

Sep 16 2017

Wife of Princeton scholar jailed in Iran calls on U.S. to do more to free him

PRINCETON, N.J. When Xiyue Wang sleeps in his cell in Iran's Evin Prison, he sometimes dreams he is back at Princeton University, working in the school's main library on his dissertation comparing governance systems in Central Asia.

Sep 13 2017

Democrats ask Trump administration to consult on refugee decision

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Two high-ranking Democrats in the U.S. Senate asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to provide information on any plans to cut refugee admissions to historically low levels, saying Congress had not yet been consulted as required by law.

Sep 13 2017

U.S. will not issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport.

Sep 06 2017

Trump ends 'Dreamer' immigration program, places onus on Congress

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era program that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, delaying implementation until March and giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people. | Video

Sep 04 2017

Immigrant 'Dreamers' - and their bosses - wait anxiously for Trump decision

Ilka Eren, 25, came to the United States from Turkey with her parents more than 15 years ago and lives in the country without legal authorization. | Video

Sep 01 2017

Trump's tougher immigration policy extends to workers post-Harvey

WASHINGTON The Trump administration, in line with its tough immigration policy, is keeping red tape in place that could make it harder for immigrants in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to find jobs with contractors, a decision critics say is likely to slow the Gulf Coast's recovery.

Sep 01 2017

Trump's tougher immigration policy extends to workers post-Harvey

WASHINGTON The Trump administration, in line with its tough immigration policy, is keeping red tape in place that could make it harder for immigrants in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to find jobs with contractors, a decision critics say is likely to slow the Gulf Coast's recovery.

Aug 31 2017

U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes

WASHINGTON The United States has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and New York that house trade missions, the State Department said on Thursday, in retaliation for Moscow cutting the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia.

Aug 24 2017

U.S. holds powerful but risky tool to halt North Korea's nuclear progress

WASHINGTON The U.S. government is turning the screws on companies that do business with North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions but has stopped short of taking the more aggressive, and riskier, move of targeting Chinese banks that facilitate Pyongyang's trade in arms and other banned goods.

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