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PBS, Netflix, MSNBC among 2020 duPont-Columbia award winners

Dec. 11, 2019 7:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Groundbreaking reporting on the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border, the growth of America's white supremacist movement and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be honored at the 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, Columbia’s Graduate School of...

Georgia city urged to reject migrant children shelter

Dec. 6, 2019 8:08 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia pastor trying to open a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in federal custody is getting pushback from people in an Atlanta suburb who call his efforts morally offensive. Six people urged the city of Marietta to deny the shelter proposed by Mitchell Bryant, according...

Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Dec. 5, 2019 11:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration's treatment of...

ICE: Protest at Louisiana jail ends after pepper spray used

Dec. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officers inside one of its Louisiana jails pepper-sprayed migrants to end their protest over prolonged detention. Spokesman Bryan Cox said Wednesday that “a brief, calculated use of pepper spray was employed” during a Tuesday...

Schools teach refugee, migrant kids skills to succeed in US

Nov. 29, 2019 1:09 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — International flags flutter from the ceilings of the outdoor hallways at Valencia Newcomer School, where more than 200 children from around the world are learning English skills and American classroom customs they need to succeed. When the school year begins, the refugee and immigrant...

Judge rules that immigrants can’t be detained by default

Nov. 27, 2019 6:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that detaining certain immigrants by default during immigration court proceedings is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris said in a Wednesday decision that asking someone living in in the country illegally to prove they’re not a flight risk...

Report: US lacked technology to track separated families

Nov. 27, 2019 5:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government separated thousands of families despite knowing it lacked the technology to document and track their whereabouts, according to a report released Wednesday by an internal government watchdog. The problem resulted in some parents languishing in custody for weeks without...

New Hampshire church fights for immigrant justice

Nov. 19, 2019 5:12 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The faces of migrant children who have died in or as a result of detention at the southern border span the front lawn of the city's historic South Church. According to published reports, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, died on Christmas Eve 2018 from influenza B. He'd lived in a one-room...

Plan would create a Marietta shelter for immigrant children

Nov. 16, 2019 3:22 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A building in Marietta could be used to house immigrant children under a plan by a local nonprofit group. Freemont Grace Human Services has obtained approval from the city’s zoning department to refurbish an existing building and convert it into a shelter, The Atlanta...

US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once...