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Polk charity works to stave off hunger for migrant families

May. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Their hands have spent countless hours plucking strawberries, squash and other fruits and vegetables that would eventually end up on the plates and in the stomachs of people they will never meet. As they waited outside their meager homes Wednesday afternoon (May 13), the farmworkers...

Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids

May. 22, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday criticized the Trump administration's handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering the government to give the court detailed information about its efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee on...

President Donald Trump lets acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf move to the podium to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US extends heightened border enforcement during coronavirus

May. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration policy of quickly expelling most migrants stopped along the border because of the COVID-19 pandemic was indefinitely extended Tuesday, with a top U.S. health official arguing that what had been a short-term order was still needed to protect the country from the...

Death of 74-year-old in immigration jail is seen as suicide

May. 19, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old South Korean man died of apparent suicide at a U.S. immigration detention center after advocates said they unsuccessfully sought his release, citing a high risk of his being infected with the coronavirus. Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday at...

Ionia County tables proposed ICE detention center

May. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — The Ionia County Board of Commissioners is withholding its support for a proposed immigration detention center planned to hold 600 men accused of violating immigration laws until it receives more information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With the majority of the public...

FILE - In this May 4, 2020, file photo, Guatemalans deported from the U.S., wave from a bus after arriving at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City. U.S. border agencies quickly expelled about 600 child migrants in April after federal agencies began prohibiting asylum claims at the southern border, citing the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

May. 13, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The young migrants and asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande and clamber into the dense brush of Texas. Many are teens who left Central America on their own; others were sent along by parents from refugee camps in Mexico. They are as young as 10. Under U.S. law they would normally be...

Indiana women's fund helps immigrant families amid pandemic

May. 9, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indiana women who moved to the United States as children have created a fund to help immigrant families who don't qualify for government aid and have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The women joined other volunteers, many of whom are also recipients under the...

Dr. Franklyn Rocha Cabrero, left, and Dr. Claudia Alvarez, center, and others protest conditions that detainees being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement face outside of the Broward Transitional Center, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 1, 2020, in Pompano Beach, Fla. A Miami federal judge has ordered the release of some detainees from ICE custody at three South Florida detention centers due to conditions related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Judge orders release of migrants in Florida as virus measure

May. 1, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge ordered authorities to release hundreds of immigrants from three Florida detention centers to prevent a wider spread of the coronavirus and protect detainees with underlying conditions. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke issued an order late Thursday for the U.S....

2 guards at ICE jail die after contracting coronavirus

Apr. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two guards at an immigration detention center in Louisiana have died after contracting the coronavirus, raising new questions about whether the U.S. government is adequately protecting 30,000 immigrants in custody and the staff guarding them. Relatives of both Carl Lenard, 62, and Stanton...

This undated photo provided by Veronica Semino shows Salomon Diego Alonzo. The detained immigrant who said he tested positive for COVID-19 was required to appear by phone for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk, his attorney said Thursday, April 16, 2020. When the judge asked Salomon Diego Alonzo to say his name, the guard responded that Alonzo “does not have the lung capacity,” said his lawyer, Veronica Semino, who was listening by phone. The asylum hearing lasted for about two hours, though Judge Mary Baumgarten eventually agreed to delay it, the attorney said. (Angelina Pablo Hernandez via AP)

Detained migrant with COVID-19 forced to call in to court

Apr. 17, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A detained immigrant who said he tested positive for COVID-19 was required to call in for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk, his attorney said. When the judge asked Salomon Diego Alonzo to say his name Thursday, the guard responded that Alonzo “does not...