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Judge Hits Pause on Deportations of Reunited Families

Final decision expected next week

(Newser) - A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of immigrant families who were reunited after being separated by the Trump administration at the border, the AP reports. US District Judge Dana Sabraw imposed a delay of at least a week after a request from the American... More »

Immigrant Children 'Absolutely Thrilled' to Be Back With Parents

As many as 50 or more were to be reunited Tuesday

(Newser) - Lugging little backpacks, smiling immigrant children were scooped up into their parents' arms Tuesday as the Trump administration scrambled to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their families at the border, the AP reports. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, two boys and a girl who... More »

Judge Rejects US Plan to Detain Families Indefinitely

She rules administration can't alter Flores agreement

(Newser) - A federal judge has rejected what she called President Trump's "cynical" effort to ditch an agreement limiting the amount of time children can be held in immigration detention. Dolly Gee, a Los Angeles-based US district judge, said the administration had offered "tortured" reasoning in its attempt to... More »

US Will Reunite Half of Separated Kids Under 5 by Deadline

About 50 immigrant children will be reunited with families by tomorrow

(Newser) - At least 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be released with their parents by Tuesday's court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunify families forcibly separated at the border, a government attorney said Monday. That's only about half of the 100 or so children covered by the... More »

Church Puts Holy Family in a Cage

Indianapolis church is protesting Trump's border policy

(Newser) - Mary and Joseph were refugees after the birth of Jesus, seeking asylum in Egypt to protect the baby from a king who sought to kill him—and so, to protest President Trump's immigration policies, a Indianapolis church has placed the holy family in a cage on its lawn. "... More »

575 Arrested During Immigration Protest

Including a Democratic congresswoman

(Newser) - A Democratic congresswoman was among about 575 people arrested at a rally protesting the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy on immigration, the AP reports. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state tweeted Thursday that she was proud to be arrested to protest the policy that has separated families at the southern... More »

Judge Orders Release of Boy Separated From Mom

9-year-old has spent 4 weeks in government-contracted shelter

(Newser) - A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday ordered the immediate release from detention of a 9-year-old Brazilian boy who was separated from his mother at the US-Mexico border, the AP reports. Judge Manish Shah said Lidia Karine Souza can have custody of her son, Diogo, who has spent four weeks... More »

ACLU on 'Big Victory' at the Border: 'Tears Will Be Flowing'

Federal judge's orders reunification of separated migrant families must happen within 30 days

(Newser) - The ACLU claimed a "big victory" Tuesday in its fight with the Trump administration to reunite families separated at the border. "These families thought they might never see each other again. Tonight's court ruling will change lives," the ACLU tweeted on a federal judge's preliminary... More »

17 States Sue Trump Over Family Separations

'The administration's practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple'

(Newser) - Seventeen states, including Washington, New York, and California, sued President Trump's administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the US-Mexico border. The states, all of which are led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, DC, in filing the lawsuit... More »

First Lady Plans Another Border Trip

Melania Trump was 'moved by what she saw in Texas'

(Newser) - Melania Trump is planning another visit to immigration centers housing migrants who have been apprehended at the US-Mexico border, the AP reports. The first lady's spokeswoman wouldn't say where she plans to go, but did tell CNN the trip would happen this week. "The first lady is... More »

Undocumented Parents Not Being Referred for Prosecution

But White House says reversal is only temporary

(Newser) - The head of US Customs and Border Protection told reporters Monday that he has temporarily stopped referring adults for criminal prosecution if they cross the border illegally with children. Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the referrals were suspended after President Trump issued an executive order last week halting the practice of... More »

Detained Migrant Teen Finds His Own Loophole

15-year-old from Honduras walks away from Texas facility, and authorities can't stop him

(Newser) - A teenager from Honduras being held in a high-profile immigration detention center in Texas may have just exposed a vulnerability in the system: The 15-year-old simply walked off the premises, and authorities there were powerless to stop him, reports the New York Times . The teen left the Case Padre migrant... More »

Fox & Friends Co-Host Takes Heat on Separated Kids

Brian Kilmeade: 'It's not like [Trump] is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas'

(Newser) - The controversy over separating immigrant children from their parents continues, this time thanks to words from a Fox & Friends co-host. Per Mediaite , Brian Kilmeade took to the airwaves Friday morning, staunchly defending President Trump's moves on dealing with immigrants trying to enter the US. "He's trying... More »

UN Calls Trump's Move on Border Separations a Fail

And says in some cases the separations may amount to 'torture'

(Newser) - The United Nations had already called the separations of immigrant children from their parents at the US border "arbitrary and unlawful," and now the intergovernmental group is labeling them something else: possible torture. Per the Independent , the UN's human rights arm issued a statement Friday noting that... More »

Girl in Border Photo Was Never Taken From Her Mom

Honduran toddler who became face of border separations wasn't actually separated herself

(Newser) - A photo of an immigrant toddler on the cover of Time may not be depicting exactly what everyone thinks. The image of the Honduran girl, seen crying on the cover in front of a digitally added President Trump, was originally taken by Getty photographer John Moore. He captured the photo... More »

Split Migrant Families Face 'Total Labyrinth'

Source says out of 2.3K, 500 have been reunited with families

(Newser) - Amid widespread confusion over President Trump's executive order on border separations, a senior administration official says many of the children taken from their families have already been reunited with their parents. The official, speaking under condition of anonymity, tells the AP that around 500 of more than 2,300... More »

'Womp Womp' Has Cost Lewandowski Speaking Gigs

He was dropped by one of DC's leading bureaus

(Newser) - Corey Lewandowski has been dropped by one of Washington, DC's top speakers bureaus, days after he said "Womp womp" while a fellow Fox guest talked about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who had been separated from her mother. Leading Authorities Inc. books speakers for engagements that can... More »

House Republicans Delay Immigration Vote ... Again

A more conservative measure was already rejected

(Newser) - The House Republican immigration overhaul dangled precariously Thursday, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions—and by President Trump's running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law. Republican leaders were twice forced to postpone final voting, first until Friday... More »

Day After Trump's Executive Order, Lots of Confusion

'Chaos,' 'uncertainty,' contradictions surround issues of immigrants, border separations

(Newser) - Confusion abounded a day after President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of migrant families at the border. The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing a senior Customs and Border Protection official, that Border Patrol agents would no longer refer parents who cross into the US illegally with their... More »

Melania Trump Visits Border Facilities in Surprise Trip

'I'm looking forward to seeing the children,' says first lady

(Newser) - Melania Trump made a surprise visit to border facilities on Thursday to see things first-hand. "I'm looking forward to seeing the children," the first lady said upon arrival at a Customs processing center in McAllen, Texas, reports USA Today . The unannounced trip comes a day after her... More »

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