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CDC exempts unaccompanied migrant children from deportation

Jul. 16, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Unaccompanied migrant children will be exempt from a ban on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border, federal health officials ordered Friday. The order by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a temporary exception it had ordered...

US border encounters of migrant families rise despite heat

Jul. 16, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. officials say the number of migrant families they encountered at the border in June increased by 25% from the previous month even as summer temperatures rise in the deserts and mountain terrain of the southwestern borderlands. According to new...

Officials: Feds not alerting Tennessee about migrant kids

Jul. 13, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government will not alert Tennessee when unaccompanied migrant children are brought to the state to be placed with sponsors, officials with Gov. Bill Lee's administration told lawmakers on Tuesday. Brandon Gibson, Lee's chief...

Settlement reached over free immigration detention hotline

Jul. 08, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. government so they can keep operating a free hotline that lets detained immigrants report concerns about custody conditions. Freedom for Immigrants said Thursday that a settlement...

Tennessee suspends shelter license following staffer arrest

Jul. 01, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials on Thursday suspended the license of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after one of the employees was arrested following abuse allegations. The move comes as Tennessee's top Republican leaders have called for more...

US will close 4 emergency shelters for migrant children

Jun. 29, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

U.S. officials will close four emergency facilities set up to house record numbers of migrant children crossing the Mexican border alone but cautioned Tuesday that minors were still arriving. The Department of Health and Human Services will shut two facilities in Texas...

US: Big drop in migrant kids at largest emergency shelter

Jun. 29, 2021 00:45 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of migrant children housed at the Biden administration's largest emergency shelter for those who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone has dropped by more than 40% since mid-June, a top U.S. official said Monday, touting progress at the facility that has been...

Migrant youth describe desperation to leave large shelters

Jun. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

A 13-year-old Honduran girl who spent two months at the government's largest emergency shelter for migrant children said she was put on suicide watch and was eating only popsicles and juice because the food smelled so foul. At another site, a 17-year-old Salvadoran girl said she had to wear...

Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there. The abuse allegations became public earlier this...

Panic attacks highlight stress at shelters for migrant kids

Jun. 14, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

Paramedics were called regularly to treat children suffering from panic attacks so severe their hands would constrict into balls and their bodies would shake. The outbursts often occurred after other children were taken away to be reunited with families, dashing the hopes of those left behind...