Latest Zero tolerance policy News

Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

Jul. 16, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to deportations of immigrant families reunited after being separated at the border, as the Trump administration races to meet a July 26 deadline for putting more than 2,500 children back in their parents' arms. U.S. District Judge Dana...

'Credible fear' for US asylum harder to prove under Trump

Jul. 16, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

LOS FRESNOS, Texas (AP) — Patricia Aragon told the U.S. asylum officer at her recent case assessment that she was fleeing her native Honduras because she had been robbed and raped by a gang member who threatened to kill her and her 9-year-old daughter if she went to the police. Until recently, the...

Border measures part of Trump's bigger immigration crackdown

Jul. 14, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border caught the attention of the world and prompted mass outrage, but it only tells a small part of the story surrounding the Trump administration's immigration policy. In reality, the government is working to harden the system on multiple...

Girl who fueled opposition to splitting families joins mom

Jul. 14, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 6-year-old girl from El Salvador who became a face of the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families at the border has been reunited with her mother. Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid and her mother, Cindy Madrid, were separated after U.S. authorities detained them June...

Pompeo visits Mexico, is urged to reunite migrant families

Jul. 14, 2018 1:03 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday urged a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to quickly reunite migrant families separated at the border. Pena Nieto said in a statement he called for "a permanent alternative that prioritizes the well-being and rights of...

GOP savors seeing House Dems oppose own immigration bill

Jul. 13, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is a trendy battle cry for liberals. Republicans like it too, but think a better use for the proposal is to cause campaign-season headaches for Democrats. A day after a handful of House progressives introduced legislation to erase...

Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

Jul. 13, 2018 4:41 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare...

US: Nearly half of youngest children not rejoining families

Jul. 13, 2018 12:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday all eligible small children who were separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But nearly half of the children under 5 remain apart from their families because of safety...

AP FACT CHECK: No proof Rauner profits off family separation

Jul. 12, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump's since abandoned "zero tolerance" border policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Rauner's Democratic challenger, J.B....

GOP eager for vote on liberal Democrats' move to abolish ICE

Jul. 12, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Democrats unveiled doomed legislation Thursday aimed at abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, their eyes focused on galvanizing voters for the midterm elections. The House's top Republican scoffed that the measure makes him "feel very good" about November. GOP leaders...