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Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Sep. 20, 2018 12:13 AM EDT

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488...

Lawsuit claims Houston blocking facility for migrant kids

Sep. 14, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A nonprofit sued the city of Houston on Friday, alleging officials are obstructing its efforts to open a facility in the city to house unaccompanied immigrant children as part of an "improper political exercise" that's "motivated by hostility" toward federal immigration law. Austin-based...

Kobach aims to drive out migrants living in Kansas illegally

Sep. 14, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach highlights his national reputation as an immigration crusader in running for Kansas governor by promising voters that if he's elected he'll work to drive out illegal immigrants to halt what he says is the $377 million in benefits provided to them by the state each year. The...

Family arrivals surge at US-Mexico border in August

Sep. 12, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. border authorities arrested dramatically more immigrant families at the Mexico border in August compared to previous months in a spike that a Trump administration official said Wednesday was the result of "legal loopholes" allowing children to avoid immediate deportation to their...

Government to expand, extend Texas tent shelter for children

Sep. 11, 2018 10:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government will expand its tent shelter for immigrant minors crossing the southwest border to 3,800 beds and keep it open through the end of this year, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The facility at Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a 360-bed capacity for 30 days, is...

In 1st key speech, new UN human rights chief airs concerns

Sep. 10, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The new U.N. human rights chief warned Monday about abuses worldwide, citing among others the Trump administration's "unconscionable" separations of migrant families and urging the European Union to create a dedicated search and rescue operation for migrants in the Mediterranean sea. Michelle...

Trump's jabs at Sessions could eclipse AG's accomplishments

Sep. 10, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump's agenda at the Justice Department, and before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final stretch of his tenure, those efforts are at risk of...

For Sessions, Trump's constant attacks may define his legacy

Sep. 8, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump's agenda at the Justice Department, and before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final stretch of his tenure, those efforts are at risk of...

Immigrant families struggling with trauma of separation

Sep. 7, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 6-year-old immigrant boy sobs at the school bus stop in suburban Maryland and begs his mother to promise she will not disappear again. A toddler in Honduras wakes up screaming and searches for the government social worker who cared for him for several months. Other children duck or hide...

Suit seeks payout for immigrant families separated at border

Sep. 6, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration should be held accountable for emotional trauma inflicted on children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border, lawyers say in a lawsuit that could result in compensation for more than 2,000 immigrant families. The federal class-action...