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Facility for teen immigrant girls in Houston being closed

Apr. 17, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A facility in Houston that housed girls who crossed U.S. border unaccompanied is being closed and the girls immediately moved, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday. About 450 girls housed since April 1 in an Emergency Intake Site...

Housing for migrant kids currently unneeded in Connecticut

Apr. 16, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities have told Gov. Ned Lamont's administration they do not, for the moment, need sites in Connecticut to house unaccompanied migrant children who have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers, state officials confirmed Friday. ...

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Apr. 14, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centers...

FEMA trailers being used for Oregon wildfire survivors

Apr. 12, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials say that trailers at an industrial site in southwest Oregon, which were rumored to house unaccompanied immigrant children, are actually for survivors of the September 2020 wildfires. The Mail Tribune reported on Sunday that the...

US to keep migrant families in hotels as amid rush for space

Apr. 10, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

Migrant families will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Friday, another step in the Biden administration's rush to set up temporary space for them. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was...

Los Angeles County fairgrounds to house migrant children

Apr. 09, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County fairgrounds will be used to temporarily house unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Friday. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said the campus in Pomona could be used to house as many as...

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell on Friday asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy New Mexico National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as more migrant families and unaccompanied children arrive, but the Democratic governor's office suggested that she redirect her...

Policy changes help drive US migrant crossings to new highs

Apr. 09, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Paying a smuggler, Edgar Mejia could afford to take only one child with him to the United States. He chose his 3-year-old “warrior” son, leaving his 7- and 12-year-olds with their mother in Honduras. “Pitifully, I had use him like a...

Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

Apr. 08, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them "is the president's problem." Reynolds told WHO radio that her priority is the health and...

Connecticut looking for sites to house migrant children

Apr. 08, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are looking at places in the state to house unaccompanied migrant children who have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers, including a now-shuttered juvenile detention center that drew criticism over its prison-like...