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'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Trump calls new border wall a 'world-class security system'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump signed his name Wednesday on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a "world-class security system" that will be virtually impenetrable. Trump toured a section of the border wall in San Diego's Otay Mesa area. It was a return trip for...

Cuccinelli emerging as Trump's leading voice on immigration

Sep. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Liberty, constructed in this case of paper-mâché, stands about 7-feet-tall or so in the corner of the office of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It overlooks Massachusetts Avenue from floor-to-ceiling windows. It wasn't a...

University of California chief Janet Napolitano to step down

Sep. 18, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano, who oversaw historic expansions of the 10-campus system and championed immigrant students, but whose management structure faced criticism and embarrassing scrutiny, said Wednesday she will step down in August 2020. Napolitano, a...

Judge blocks extradition of man accused of killing officer

Sep. 18, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge blocked the extradition of a man Wednesday accused of killing a police officer and injuring two others in the Dominican Republic in 2013 and ordered him released. U.S. District Court Judge for Rhode Island John McConnell ruled that extraditing Cristian Aguasvivas, a Dominican...

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Sep. 18, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set...

Detention center moves sale agreement to closed session

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island detention center has decided to move the discussion around a potential sale to a private operator behind closed doors. The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls has put aside consideration of agreement with creditors Monday night. The decision angered...

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Sep. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...

Texas truck driver pleads guilty in immigrant smuggling case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a trucker faces up to 10 years in federal prison after trying to smuggle more than 70 immigrants in a locked trailer through a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas. Nelson Vargas-Torres pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants....

Trial starts for convicted New York City bomber

Sep. 17, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A man already serving a life sentence for a bombing in New York City is going on trial in New Jersey, where he faces attempted murder charges for allegedly firing at police officers during a gunfight preceding his arrest. Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Ahmad Khan...