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Muted reaction by 'pro-family' groups to family separations

Jun. 22, 2018 3:07 AM EDT

Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups that depict themselves as "pro-family" declined to join in the criticism. Two of the most influential anti-abortion...

Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration

Jun. 21, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration isn't the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border. Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing...

Arpaio seeks investigation of his defeat in 2016 election

Jun. 21, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio is seeking an investigation into his claim that the U.S. Justice Department meddled in his unsuccessful 2016 campaign for sheriff in metro Phoenix. Arpaio, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, alleges the federal agency tried to sway voters...

GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote

Jun. 21, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican immigration overhaul dangled precariously Thursday, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions — and by President Donald Trump's running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never...

Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

Jun. 21, 2018 9:16 AM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump's reversal of a policy separating migrant families at the Mexico border sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don't go far enough, allowing children to still be held in detention even if they remain with...

'Great job,' says Trump: Nielsen back in good graces for now

Jun. 21, 2018 12:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen has one hard-earned presidential signing pen. President Donald Trump used the black marker Wednesday to sign an executive order halting family separations at the U.S. border — then handed it to Nielsen, his Homeland Security secretary. Such pens are typically...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump overstates order on family separation

Jun. 21, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the scope of his executive order that would halt his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. He suggests the order is a permanent solution. But the president is...

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

Jun. 20, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so . Throughout American history, during times of...

Honduran woman fearing deportation given sanctuary in church

Jun. 20, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Honduran woman who says she's facing deportation has taken sanctuary in a Virginia church. Abbie Arevalo-Herrera came to the U.S. in 2014 and has sought asylum based on what she says are death threats against her by the father of her oldest child. Her case has been advancing through...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump overstates order on family separation

Jun. 20, 2018 7:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the scope of his executive order that would halt his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. He suggests the order is a permanent solution. But the president is...