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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, people wait to apply for asylum in the United States along the border in Tijuana, Mexico. A federal judge rules that the Trump administration is operating within its authority when separating families stopped at the Mexican border, rejecting arguments that it was quietly returning to widespread practices that drew international condemnation. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Judge refuses to second-guess family separations at border

Jan. 13, 2020 10:37 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. judge ruled Monday that the Trump administration is operating within its authority when separating families stopped at the Mexico border, rejecting arguments that it was quietly returning to widespread practices that drew international condemnation. The American Civil Liberties...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate businessman Tom Steyer waves before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles, Calif. Steyer has unveiled an immigration proposal seeking to make immigrants fleeing the effects of climate change eligible for legal entry into the United States. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Steyer wants climate change refugees to enter US legally

Jan. 10, 2020 5:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Friday unveiled an immigration proposal seeking to make immigrants fleeing the effects of climate change eligible for legal entry into the United States. Like a lot of his White House rivals, Steyer is promising to use executive action to...

A Thursday December 26, 2019 photo shows author Denise Chavez at her Casa Camino Real bookstore in Las Cruces with Border Servant Corps volunteers. The nonprofit group helps deliver books to migrant families in Ciudad Juárez as part of the

Latina author organizes book drive for migrant families

Jan. 4, 2020 10:42 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A good book can take a reader on a journey, but for migrants on an actual journey a book can also uplift, entertain and inspire. New Mexico author Denise Chavez created Libros para el Viaje, or books for the journey, with that idea in mind. “Our commitment is to deliver books...

US agency formalizes border medical plan after migrants die

Dec. 31, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday formalized a medical plan formed in the wake of a massive surge of migrant families to the U.S.-Mexico border and a series of deaths in immigration custody. The goal was to increase medical care and efficiency. According to the directive, the...

Firm sues California over ban on private prisons

Dec. 31, 2019 12:57 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A private prison firm that just won multibillion-dollar contracts to run federal immigration detention centers in California sued the state on Monday, claiming that a new ban on for-profit lockups in California is unconstitutional. The GEO Group, Inc., argued in the federal suit that...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center operated by GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections, is viewed in Adelanto, Calif. The Trump administration has awarded four contracts worth billions of dollars to operate private immigration detention centers in California, less than two weeks before a new state law forbidding them takes effect. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

US awards immigration detention contracts in California

Dec. 23, 2019 6:16 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration awarded billions of dollars in contracts for private companies to operate immigration detention centers in California —- less than two weeks before a new state law takes effect to prohibit them. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill in October to ban contracts for...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo Green party co-chairman Robert Habeck addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany. Habeck said in an interview with Sunday's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper that “it is an imperative of humanity to help quickly” and get some 4,000 children out of the camps on Greek islands. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Germany argues over migrant children on Greek islands

Dec. 23, 2019 6:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German government officials are rejecting an opposition leader's call for the country unilaterally to take in migrant children stuck in overcrowded camps on Greek islands. Robert Habeck, a co-leader of the Green party, said in an interview with Sunday's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Domingo Caal Chub, 61, holds a smartphone displaying a photo of his granddaughter, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, in Raxruha, Guatemala. The 7-year-old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Homeland Security's watchdog found no wrongdoing or misconduct by immigration officials in the deaths of the girl and another boy last December (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros, File)

DHS watchdog finds no wrongdoing in deaths of 2 migrant kids

Dec. 21, 2019 9:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog found no wrongdoing or misconduct by immigration officials in the deaths of two migrant children last December. The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security released two brief statements Friday evening on the deaths...

Arizona State Rep. Kelli Butler speaks at a media conference on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. Butler spoke about 23-year-old Maria, a Guatemalan woman seeking asylum who was separated from her 6-year-old niece, who she has raised as her own. Democrats and community advocates are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release the woman so she could be reunited with her niece, who is a in shelter in New York. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)

Officials call for asylum-seeker release, reunion with niece

Dec. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Maria is the only living relative to the 6-year-old girl she's raised as her own. After a gang killed all of their relatives, she brought the girl to the U.S. to ask for asylum. But the government took the girl from Maria, sending her to a shelter more than 2,000 miles away, because Maria...

Volunteers help people released from immigration detention

Dec. 16, 2019 6:10 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gurwinder Singh Aujla was unsure of what to do after winning his asylum case and being released from the privately owned Federal ICE Processing Center in Aurora. The 19-year-old from India was legally allowed to reside in the U.S., but he knew no one in Colorado, had little money, no phone...