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Iowa governor questions migrant flights into Des Moines

Jun. 10, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds complained in a letter sent Thursday that the federal government didn't notify her before flying migrant children into the Des Moines airport in April, then shuttling them to other cities as part of an effort to join them with relatives. ...

US identifies 3,900 children separated at border under Trump

Jun. 08, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday that it has identified more than 3,900 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump's “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal crossings, providing one of the more detailed accounts...

US threatens legal action against Texas on shelter closures

Jun. 07, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

The Biden administration threatened Monday to pursue legal action if Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doesn't rescind his order shutting down federally funded shelters that house migrant children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents. In a letter obtained by The...

Luiselli's prize-winning novel responds to migratory crisis

Jun. 07, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Valeria Luiselli is pleased to have passed the libraries’ test with her first novel written directly in English, “Lost Children Archive” (“Sound Desert”), which received the Dublin Literary Award. The 100,000-euro ($122,000) award, sponsored...

Illinois lawmakers pass bill to close immigration centers

Jun. 05, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping immigration bill that would close all immigrant detention centers in the state and severely restrict how local law enforcement can collaborate with federal immigration agents. The bill now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk for...

Texas push to close shelters for migrant kids alarms groups

Jun. 02, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A move by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to shutter more than 50 shelters housing about 4,000 migrant children could seriously disrupt a national program that already faces strained capacity to properly care for minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone. ...

Trial to determine if GEO must pay detainees minimum wage

Jun. 01, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After nearly four years of litigation and pandemic-related delays, a trial is underway to determine whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage to detainees who perform cooking, cleaning and other tasks at its immigration detention center in Washington state. ...

Tennessee shelter for immigrant children opened under Trump

May. 28, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee licensed a shelter for immigrant children a year before the state's Republican governor and U.S. Senators began expressing outrage over unaccompanied minors being sent to Chattanooga. Gov. Bill Lee tweeted last week that President Joe...

Families separated at Mexico border build new American life

May. 25, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a cramped house with mice in the kitchen and music booming from cars outside, Keldy Mabel Gonzales Brebe lays bare her three-year journey from Honduras to the United States and all that lies ahead to adapt to life as an immigrant. She fled the...

Watchdog: US forced deported parents to leave kids behind

May. 24, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says the Trump administration, under its practice of separating families at the border, forced migrant parents to leave the U.S. without their children, contradicting claims by officials that parents were willingly leaving them behind. ...