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Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists." Trump's aggressive condemnation of women of color...

US detains immigrant after he spends year in Seattle church

Jul. 17, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — An immigrant who has spent the past year inside a Seattle church to avoid being deported to Mexico was detained Wednesday after presenting himself to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The arrest prompted protests from a crowd of supporters who had accompanied Jose...

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

Jul. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors,...

Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers

Jul. 17, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody said Wednesday he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference, Manuel Duran discussed what he...

Florida migrant teen detention center sees dramatic downsize

Jul. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The nation's largest facility for migrant children has released hundreds of teens to relatives in recent days, easing overcrowding at the South Florida center that has come under intense criticism from Democratic lawmakers who call it cramped and regimented. The company that runs the Homestead...

Seniors fence themselves in to protest migrant child deaths

Jul. 17, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Over two dozen senior citizens fenced themselves into a makeshift "detention center" on Philadelphia's Independence Mall in the sweltering heat to call attention to the treatment of migrant children in U.S. custody. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the ElderWitness group set up the...

Portland helping more than 200 asylum seekers find homes

Jul. 17, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine's largest city say they're working on finding temporary and long-term housing for dozens of asylum-seeking families currently taking shelter at the Portland Expo. Portland is housing 200 to 250 asylum seekers at the basketball arena. Officials say they're working...

Yakima officials vote down effort to bar immigration flights

Jul. 17, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials have struck down an effort to bar flights charted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an airport in Washington state. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday against a proposal for city staff to draft an executive order that...