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Mexico asks info on alleged migrant abuse at US centers

Sep. 16, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Wednesday it has requested information from the United States about claims that migrants were subjected to hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia and that a migrant allegedly suffered sexual abuse at a facility in Texas. “A formal request has...

Attorney: US deports woman who alleged sex assault by guards

Sep. 15, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An immigrant woman who accused guards of sexually assaulting her at a detention center was deported Monday, weeks after she was interviewed by investigators, the woman's lawyer said. Linda Corchado told the El Paso Times that the woman was deported to Mexico, just under a month after the she...

Verty chats on his phone while his wife Saint Jean holds up her 1-year-old daughter at their house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. The Trump administration has sharply increased its use of hotels to detain immigrant children before expelling them from the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Verty says government contractors at a hotel where he was detained gave his family, including his daughter, cups of ice to eat to pass temperature checks prior to their deportation flight, even though they had tested negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

US now using several hotel chains to detain migrant children

Aug. 28, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has detained children at several major hotel chains — more than previously known — during the coronavirus pandemic instead of transferring them to government-funded shelters, according to new data released Friday. Since March, the Trump administration has...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Brian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall Inc., speaks at a news conference in Sunland Park, N.M., where a privately funded wall is being constructed. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others, including Kolfage, ripped off donors to the online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.”  (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP, File)

Questions and answers on status of Trump's border wall

Aug. 20, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promised border wall with Mexico in the public eye during his reelection bid, touting it this week on a trip to Yuma, Arizona. But the wall brought Trump unwanted attention Thursday when former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested on charges that he and three...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, Slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen's mother Gloria Guillen wears a sticker with her daughters image and a Blessed Virgin Mary necklace during a news conference on the National Mall in front of Capitol Hill in Washington. Army leaders are delaying the planned transfer of the Fort Hood commander, as a team of independent investigators heads to the base to determine whether leadership failures contributed to the murder of a soldier earlier this year, and several other deaths. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Fort Hood commander's transfer on hold amid investigations

Aug. 7, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army leaders have delayed the planned transfer of the Fort Hood commander, as a team of independent investigators heads to the base to determine whether leadership failures contributed to the murder of a soldier earlier this year, and several other deaths. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt,...

Adrian Arvizo lights luminarias for the luminaria remembrance drive-thru to honor the one-year mark of Aug. 3, 2019, at Ascarate Park Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020,  in El Paso, Texas.  (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Ceremonies for El Paso shooting anniversary shaped by virus

Aug. 3, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Twenty-three pillars of light shot into a cloudy El Paso sky to commemorate the lives lost during a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart one year ago — a memorial visible from both sides of the US-Mexico border. The white beams stood out against the orange glow of the...

In this May 23, 2020  photo provided by Tito Anchondo, Paul Anchondo is held by his grandmother, Brenda Anchondo in El Paso, Texas. The toddler is unlikely to learn until years from now what happened to his parents in events that many El Paso residents still struggle to comprehend, said uncle Tito Anchondo, whose brother Andre and sister-in-law Jordan died in the shooting at a Walmart store last year. (Herman Delgado via The AP)

Orphaned toddler grows up in shadow of massacre, coronavirus

Aug. 2, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

An infant boy who survived a shooting last year that left his parents and 21 others dead now likes to thumb through picture books and dance to a Batman jingle with his grandmother, according to an uncle who helps care for the 1-year-old. It will be years before Paul Anchondo learns what happened to his parents in...

In this UGC undated photo provided by Stephanie Melendez, is her father David Johnson, center, her daughter, Kaitlyn-Rose Melendez, left, and Stephanie's mother Kathy Johnson. The Johnson family credits him with saving granddaughter Kaitlyn Rose, 9, and his wife, Kathy, by pushing them to the ground at a checkout counter when a gunman opened fire Aug. 3, 2019,at the Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas. (Stephanie Melendez via AP)

El Paso marks Walmart shooting anniversary amid pandemic

Aug. 2, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

When Stephanie Melendez, her husband and two young daughters tested positive for the coronavirus, the person she most wanted to call was her father. “I’m married. I have my family. He was still the one I called when I got sick and he’d bring me Gatorade,” said Melendez, 32. "So when...

Man dies in El Paso after campus police use stun gun on him

Jul. 29, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A naked man who was chasing a female driver in an El Paso intersection has died after university police used a stun gun on him, officials said. The driver called police at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to report a nude man who was running after her car, University of Texas at El Paso...

A Hampton Inn is shown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Phoenix. The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a private contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking children to three Hampton Inns in Arizona and Texas under restrictive border policies implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

Monitor calls on US to stop detaining migrant kids in hotels

Jul. 23, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A court-appointed monitor for immigrant youth called on the U.S. government to stop detaining children as young as 1 in hotels before expelling them to their home countries, saying the practice could lead to emotional and physical harm. In a report filed late Wednesday, Andrea Ordin also...