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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum walk at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center, in Dilley, Texas. Late Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, the U.S. government appealed a judge's order barring the expulsions of immigrant children who crossed the border alone, a policy enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to deny the children asylum protections. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US will appeal order barring expulsions of migrant children

Nov. 25, 2020 11:30 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Wednesday appealed a judge's order barring the expulsions of immigrant children who crossed the border alone, a policy enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to deny the children asylum protections. Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a preliminary injunction on Nov. 18...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist who was seeing patients at the detention center, according to court papers filed Tuesday, Nov. 24. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

Nov. 24, 2020 10:01 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist, according to court papers filed Tuesday. In a motion that must still be approved by a federal judge, the Justice Department and lawyers for several...

Lawyers: Children detained at border facing COVID exposure

Nov. 20, 2020 5:56 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Border Patrol agents are detaining about 65 immigrant children at a station in South Texas in conditions that don't control the spread of the coronavirus, with limited social distancing and a lack of access to soap or hand sanitizer, immigration lawyers said Friday. A lawyer who visited the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, migrants walk after a rainstorm at the Kara Tepe refugee camp, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. The anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe, the continent's main human rights organization, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 has slammed conditions under which migrants are held in some detention centers in Greece and voiced concern over persistent allegations the country conducts illegal pushbacks of migrants. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas, File)

Report slams conditions in Greek migrant detention centers

Nov. 19, 2020 12:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe, the continent’s main human rights organization, slammed the conditions under which migrants are held in some detention centers in Greece and voiced concern Thursday over persistent allegations the country illegally pushes...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum walk at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center, in Dilley, Texas. A federal judge on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border

Nov. 18, 2020 1:43 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a...

Mexico to stop holding child migrants in detention centers

Nov. 12, 2020 12:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United Nations and other organizations are applauding changes to Mexico’s immigration law that would prohibit holding migrant children in immigration detention centers. International and domestic groups have pressured Mexico for years to stop holding children in detention...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

US deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor

Nov. 11, 2020 7:56 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr....

China, Iran join queue to scrutinize US at UN rights body

Nov. 9, 2020 1:52 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United States faced its first review in five years at the U.N.’s main human rights body on Monday, with the detentions of migrant children and the killings of unarmed Black people during the Trump administration’s tenure among issues high on minds. Regular U.S. critics like...

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, Buena Ventura Martin Godinez, from Guatemala, sits with her son Pedro during an interview in Homestead, Florida. Godinez, who worked as a nurse in Guatemala, said she and her husband decided to leave San Juan Atitan because masked men were demanding extortion payments from her husband's small business selling Internet access. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Godínez has a long wait before knowing if she will get asylum, with her next date at the immigration court set for 2022. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

After surge and outcry, limbo for Central Americans

Nov. 1, 2020 10:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Manuel Marcelino Tzaj spends every Thursday looking at the ceiling of the small Brooklyn room he shares with his daughter. He says that if he leaves the building on that day, the electronic ankle monitor he has worn for more than two years will alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway after arriving from an immigration detention center to a shelter in San Diego. A federal judge on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, urged the Trump administration to do more to help court-appointed researchers find hundreds of parents who were separated from their children after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border beginning in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Report: US knew of problems family separation would cause

Oct. 29, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Months before the Trump administration separated thousands of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, a “pilot program” in Texas left child-welfare officials scrambling to find empty beds for babies taken from their parents in a preview of bigger problems to come, according to a...