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Scores protest outside Florida detention center for kids

Jun. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Clutching signs and umbrellas against a drenching downpour, scores of people protested Sunday outside a South Florida facility that has become the nation's biggest location for detaining immigrant children. A coalition of religious groups and immigrant advocates said they want the...

Advocates seek quick release of migrant kids detained in US

Jun. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates have filed legal documents to try to force the administration of President Donald Trump to quickly release immigrant children from a Florida detention center. The advocates accuse the administration of violating a decades-old settlement that they say requires that...

Migrants complain of poor conditions at US holding centers

Jun. 15, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for...

ACLU sues feds over bond hearings for immigrants

Jun. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is illegally detaining immigrants without giving them a fair chance of being released on bond, attorneys alleged in a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit filed by American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Massachusetts and New Hampshire accuses the...

NY Assembly votes to give driver's licenses for immigrants

Jun. 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would become the 13th state to permit driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally under legislation passed the state Assembly Wednesday. The measure has the support of liberal groups, the state's largest business organization and Gov. Andrew Cuomo,...

Oklahoma base set for migrant site was WWII internment camp

Jun. 12, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. Army base in Oklahoma that the federal government selected as a temporary shelter for migrant children also held hundreds in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Historical data from the National Park Service and private organizations show Fort Sill was among at least...

Mexico court rules minors can't be held at migrant center

Jun. 10, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ruled that authorities must stop detaining minors at a migrant center in Mexico City following the death of a 10-year-old Guatemalan girl there. Monday's ruling also says children in other detention centers must be identified immediately and have access to legal...

US opens new mass facility in Texas for migrant children

Jun. 7, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, will hold as many as...

Agency watchdog slams conditions at ICE detention facilities

Jun. 6, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. The Office of Inspector General made unannounced visits to four facilities in California,...

Doctors alarmed that flu killed detained migrant teen

Jun. 6, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old from Guatemala died of complications of the flu while in U.S. Border Patrol custody, according to preliminary autopsy findings, alarming doctors who questioned whether immigration authorities missed warning signs or chances to save his life. Carlos Hernandez Vasquez contracted...