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ACLU condemns Nevada school policy for background checks

Dec. 11, 2018 5:05 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Civil rights leaders in Nevada are condemning a new school district policy requiring background checks for parents visiting their children's Reno-area schools, warning the practice could have a chilling effect on immigrant families. The Washoe County School Board approved the policy in...

Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds

Dec. 9, 2018 3:53 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Lilas Almalaki didn't know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English she learned as a top student in Syria to keep the bullies in place. Hassan Husseini didn't speak German...

4 districts engage immigrant families for English project

Dec. 7, 2018 1:05 AM EST

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — On a recent Monday night at Fairview Elementary, a small group of Hispanic parents sit around a table joined by teachers from Carthage's dual language and English Language Learners programs. The teachers ask the parents a series of questions, including if they're interested in English...

Family separations at border down, but dozens still affected

Dec. 6, 2018 1:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Despite the order and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's thin grasp of trade, science policy

Dec. 1, 2018 9:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump floated the idea this past week of using tariffs to make America rich, as if these taxes are a pipeline of cash from Asia, which they're not. He displayed a slippery grasp of science as well as trade policy as he set about trying to discredit his White House report...

Texas ruling may allow licensing of migrant family detention

Nov. 28, 2018 7:29 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court's ruling Wednesday could allow state authorities to formally license two detention centers that house thousands of immigrant families, something advocates warn might lead to the unlimited detention of migrant children. Two facilities in the South Texas cities of Karnes...

Groups demand end to info-sharing on asylum-seeking children

Nov. 28, 2018 8:33 AM EST

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants. In a Wednesday letter to the heads of the Department of Health and Human...

US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp

Nov. 28, 2018 12:31 AM EST

TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp at risk by waiving FBI fingerprint checks for their caregivers and short-staffing mental health workers, according to an Associated Press investigation and a new federal watchdog report....

Texas detention camp for teen migrants keeps growing

Nov. 27, 2018 5:41 PM EST

TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows...

The Latest: US nixed FBI checks for teen migrant camp staff

Nov. 27, 2018 12:25 PM EST

TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a desert detention camp for migrant children (all times local): 12:15 p.m. A new government watchdog memo says the Trump administration waived rigorous background checks for all staff working at the nation's largest detention camp for migrant children . The memo,...