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ICE office opening in Maine draws protests from activists

Oct. 14, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The opening of a new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Maine has prompted demonstrations in protest. The Portland Press Herald reports the news of the agency opening an office in downtown Portland led some activists to protest over the weekend and into Monday. The...

California to end its use of private, for-profit prisons

Oct. 11, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he had signed. The Democratic governor said the...

Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump

Oct. 9, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly grown into a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started housing asylum seekers and other...

Under Trump, Louisiana is at epicenter of migrant detention

Oct. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly become a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started holding asylum seekers and other...

Northern California county ends youth immigrant contract

Oct. 8, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California county is ending its decade-old contract with the federal government to house troubled immigrant children. The Sacramento Bee reports that Yolo County supervisors voted Tuesday to end their contract with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to house...

Private sector seeks to profit by detaining migrant kids

Oct. 3, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) — On a recent day in a remodeled brick church in the Rio Grande Valley, a caregiver tried to soothe a toddler, offering him a sippy cup. The adult knew next to nothing about the little 3-year-old whose few baby words appeared to be Portuguese. Shelter staff had tried desperately to...

Private sector seeks to profit by detaining migrant kids

Oct. 3, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) — On a recent day in a remodeled brick church in the Rio Grande Valley, a caregiver tried to soothe a toddler, offering him a sippy cup. The adult knew next to nothing about the little 3-year-old whose few baby words appeared to be Portuguese. Shelter staff had tried desperately to...

ACLU suit seeks damages for separated immigrant families

Oct. 3, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking potentially millions of dollars in damages on behalf of thousands of immigrant families who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ACLU and other attorneys filed a lawsuit in Tucson against...

Judge blocks Trump rules for detained migrant kids

Sep. 27, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely. U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said the rules conflict with a 1997 settlement agreement...

The Latest: Judge to block rules for detained migrant kids

Sep. 27, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a court case over detention conditions for immigrant children (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A U.S. judge says she will block Trump administration rules for the detention of immigrant children, calling them inconsistent with a longstanding agreement that lays out conditions...