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US Plans to Circumvent Limits on Detaining Immigrant Kids

Trump administration proposes rule sidestepping Flores agreement

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Thursday it plans to circumvent a longstanding court agreement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody, in part to detain families longer as a way to deter migrants from crossing the Southwestern border illegally. The Homeland Security Department announced proposed regulations that would terminate... More »

A Reunion for Mom, 6-Year-Old Separated at Border

Pair is among those returned to Guatemala from US

(Newser) - Nine Guatemalan child migrants who were taken from their parents at the US border arrived home for tearful reunions Tuesday as the Trump administration tries to comply with a court order to return hundreds of separated minors to their families. "I want to see my mama," the AP... More »

Feds: HIV-Positive Shelter Worker Sexually Abused Immigrant Kids

Southwest Key, largest operator of US immigrant youth shelters, also plagued with other allegations

(Newser) - While the controversy surrounding immigrant children separated from their parents at the US border continues to swirl, the AP reports on troublesome news out of a shelter outside Phoenix. Per federal authorities, Levian Pacheco, who used to work for Southwest Key's Casa Kokopelli facility in Mesa, has pleaded not... More »

Feds: Finding Deported Parents Should Be in ACLU's Hands

DOJ lawyers make the case in a court filing

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union is balking at a request from the federal government to track down the deported parents of an estimated 431 children who remain in the US. "Not only was it the government's unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis, but the United States... More »

Girl Taken at Border Was Abused, Signed Odd Form

'The Nation' uncovers the sad tale of a 6-year-old girl

(Newser) - A 6-year-old Guatemalan girl taken from her mother was sexually assaulted at least twice in a US facility—and signed a document saying it was her responsibility to avoid the abuser, the Nation reports. Identified only as DL, the girl was taken away at the Texas border on May 24... More »

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 »

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