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The Stewart Detention Center is seen through the front gate, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Lumpkin, Ga. The rural town is about 140 miles southwest of Atlanta and next to the Georgia-Alabama state line. The town’s 1,172 residents are outnumbered by the roughly 1,650 male detainees that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said were being held in the detention center in late November. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

Jan. 16, 2020 5:39 PM EST

LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits -- and stalls. A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he’ll take a break before the...

ACLU: Disabled asylum seeker wins humanitarian parole

Jan. 16, 2020 3:46 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A disabled Honduran man who is seeking asylum has been released from detention by immigration authorities in Louisiana, a civil rights group said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says Manuel Amaya Portillo, 23, was granted humanitarian parole and will stay with a...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Guatemalans who were deported from the United States arrive to La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that Trump administration asylum agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are illegal. The agreements allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations. The American Civil Liberties lawsuit says the agreements are dangerous and violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups want the so-called cooperative asylum agreements declared illegal, and are asking a federal judge to block Homeland Security officials from enforcing the new rules. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Asylum agreements with Central American nations challenged

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal challenge filed...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, migrants discuss their journey using a map posted inside the sports complex where thousands of migrants have been camped out for several days in Mexico City.  The United States began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala in November 2019 and in Jan. 2020 said it would expand it to Mexicans. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

AP Explains: US sending asylum seekers to Central America

Jan. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala in November and last week said it would expand the practice to Mexicans. The U.S. could also start sending asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil to Honduras starting as...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2019, file photo, attorney Robyn Barnard, left, speaks to reporters in front of immigration court in San Diego. A federal judge ruled Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that some asylum-seekers who fear waiting in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings must have access to attorneys before and during a key interview to determine if they can stay in the U.S. until their claims are decided. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Some asylum-seekers returned to Mexico get attorney access

Jan. 15, 2020 1:37 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that some asylum-seekers who fear waiting in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings must have access to attorneys before and during a key interview to determine if they can stay in the U.S. until their claims are decided. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, photo people seeking asylum in the United States wait at the border crossing bridge in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego. The number of people arrested or stopped entering the U.S. along the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December, with Mexicans making up a larger than usual part of the mix, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

Jan. 9, 2020 10:30 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States on the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December, with Mexicans outpacing Central Americans among the detainees, authorities said Thursday. The tally helps explain why the U.S. has turned more attention...

File - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales gives a statement, at the National Palace in Guatemala City. Outgoing President Morales says his government has not agreed to receive Mexicans who had sought asylum in the United States. Morales, whose presidency ends next week, said that he had told U.S. officials that would have to be negotiated with his successor. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Guatemala president says no deal to send Mexicans there

Jan. 8, 2020 5:51 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Outgoing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said Wednesday his government has not agreed to receive Mexicans who had sought asylum in the United States. Morales, whose presidency ends next week, said he had told U.S. officials the issue would have to be negotiated with his successor....

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Mexico upset by US plan to send Mexicans to Guatemala

Jan. 7, 2020 5:54 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As the United States moved aggressively over the past year to sharply reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving at its southwest border, Mexicans were spared. But now Mexico is expressing its displeasure at U.S. plans to send Mexican asylum seekers some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers)...

Guatemalan seeking asylum sues US to reunite with family

Jan. 6, 2020 2:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Guatemalan woman seeking asylum in Massachusetts is suing the federal government to reunite with her partner and son, who have been ordered to remain in Mexico under the Trump administration's asylum process. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Maudy Constanza and her partner, Hanz Morales,...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 1, 2020 5:10 AM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: ICE facility in Pennsylvania is immoral and perhaps illegal Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Dec. 31 A Berks County facility that rakes in millions of federal dollars annually to function as a jailhouse for federally detained children and...