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Family detention space goes unused as Trump warns of crisis

Apr. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned that Central American families are staging an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has threatened to take migrants to Democratic strongholds to punish political opponents. And his administration regularly complains about having to "catch and release"...

Yuma declares state of emergency over migrant families

Apr. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has declared a symbolic "state of emergency" to deal with the number of families being released from Border Patrol custody into the city. Douglas Nicholls said Tuesday that he hoped not to get to this point but that organizations helping immigrant families...

ICE arresting, deporting fewer people due to border surge

Apr. 17, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it's arresting and deporting fewer immigrants because the agency is devoting more resources to the surging numbers of migrant families crossing the southern border. Acting Director Matthew Albence said Wednesday that ICE has made 14...

Asylum seekers who show credible fear not eligible for bond

Apr. 17, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Detained asylum seekers who have shown they have a credible fear of returning to their country will no longer be able to ask a judge to grant them bond. U.S. Attorney General William Barr decided Tuesday that asylum seekers who clear a "credible fear" interview and are facing removal don't...

Advisory group recommends changes to migrant processing

Apr. 16, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal advisory group is calling for significant changes to how the federal government deals with the surge of migrant families that officials say is overwhelming the southern border. In a draft report unveiled Tuesday, a committee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council called on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't

Apr. 13, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't. With his government seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Trump is drawing a blank on a hacking organization he praised to the rafters during the 2016 campaign because of the discomfort it caused his Democratic...

Trump talks of releasing migrants in Dem cities

Apr. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it...

Bill aims to halt immigrant detention center near Chicago

Apr. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Illinois want to expand a statewide embargo on private prisons to include detention centers with federal contracts to hold immigrants facing deportation. The proposed measure comes in response to a vote by community leaders that approved a plan for a privately run...

Ribbon cutting a last act for ousted Trump DHS officials

Apr. 10, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen and other longtime civil servants stood outside the Department of Homeland Security's new headquarters Wednesday in the breezy sunshine — a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a building they'd never work in. Nielsen, homeland security secretary for a few more hours, stood...

Family seeks answers in immigrant's death after detention

Apr. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 27-year-old man died in a California hospital after he suffered a brain hemorrhage while detained by U.S. immigration authorities, his wife said Wednesday, demanding to know what caused his injury and whether he received appropriate medical care in custody. Melissa Castro said she was...