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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Mar 06 2018

Exclusive: Visa waivers rarely granted under Trump's latest U.S. travel ban: data

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK In the first weeks after President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was implemented on Dec. 8, around 100 waivers were granted to thousands of applicants for U.S. visas from the eight countries subject to its restrictions, according to State Department data provided to Reuters. | Video

Feb 14 2018

For one U.S. immigrant family, short-term public aid meant long-term security

WASHINGTON When Abosede Akingbade Thomas, a Nigerian immigrant to the United States, was ordered to bed rest in 1981 during a difficult pregnancy, she followed her doctor's advice to sign up for food stamps and another aid program providing support to pregnant and nursing women.

Feb 10 2018

Iranian-Canadian environmental activist dies in prison, his son says

WASHINGTON An Iranian-Canadian dual citizen and environmental activist imprisoned by Iranian authorities last month has died in prison, his son wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Feb 09 2018

Exclusive: Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.

Feb 06 2018

Iranian-American man returned to prison after medical leave

WASHINGTON An 81-year-old Iranian-American man sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran on charges he spied and cooperated with the United States has been returned to prison after a short medical leave, his lawyer and son said on Tuesday.

Jan 31 2018

U.S. allows Syrians to stay for another 18 months

WASHINGTON The Trump administration said on Wednesday it would allow some 7,000 Syrians to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status as civil war rages in their native country.

Jan 31 2018

U.S. immigration agency to review newest asylum cases first in bid to deter fraud

WASHINGTON The U.S. immigration agency has changed its handling of asylum cases so more recent claims are judged first, officials said on Wednesday, a shift they said would improve the system by deterring frivolous claims and increasing efficiency.

Jan 29 2018

U.S. to resume refugee admissions from 11 'high-risk' countries

WASHINGTON The United States will resume admissions for refugees from 11 countries identified as presenting a high security risk, but with extra vetting for these mostly Middle Eastern and African nations, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.

Jan 25 2018

Syrians with temporary U.S. protection brace for Trump decision

WASHINGTON Targeted by the Syrian government after providing humanitarian supplies to civilians fleeing air strikes, Mohammad Alala and his wife escaped in 2012, eventually obtaining student visas to enter the United States.

Jan 18 2018

U.S. tech trade groups urge Trump to let spouses of H1b holders to work

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. technology trade groups on Thursday urged the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era rule that allows certain spouses of highly skilled guest workers to also work legally in the United States.


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