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29 parents separated from their children and deported last year arrive at U.S. border to request asylum

Twenty-nine parents from across Central America who were separated from their children by U.S. immigration agents last year returned to the U.S. border on Saturday, demanding asylum hearings that might …


ICE force-feeding multiple detainees on hunger strike

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been force-feeding six detainees who are on a hunger strike at a Texas detention facility.


Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy

Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at …


Families keep trying to cross border, wall or no wall

President Donald Trump’s push for a $5.7 billion wall – a demand that triggered the longest government shutdown in history – is unlikely on its own to stop families from …


Deaths of 2 children raise doubts about U.S. border agency

The deaths of two migrant children in just over two weeks raised strong new doubts Wednesday about the ability of U.S. border authorities to care for the thousands of minors …


7-year-old migrant girl held at U.S. border dies in custody following seizures

A 7-year-old girl picked up with her father and dozens of other migrants along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border suffered seizures and spiked a high fever in immigration …


Judge declines to dismiss challenge to U.S. asylum delays

A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Supplies low for shelters helping migrants as holidays near

Shelters run by volunteers in the U.S. say they are getting hit with an expected surge of new migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. who need temporary housing. Nonprofit groups …


George P. Shultz and Pedro Aspe: How we can help the migrant caravan

The highly publicized progress by a “caravan” of approximately 5,000 migrants from Central America to the United States underlines a persistent trend. The reason for the trend is obvious.


Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at U.S. border

Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled Wednesday to reach the U.S. border, arriving by the hundreds in Tijuana, while U.S. authorities across the border were readying razor wire …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Trump move to limit asylum is challenged in court

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. …


Weary migrant caravan rests in south Mexico, asks for buses

Thousands of weary Central American migrants in a caravan that has advanced 250 miles into Mexico but remains far from the U.S. border hope they won’t have to walk anymore, …


Paul Waldman: Trump’s impotent rage over the border could lead to something drastic

Sometimes when President Donald Trump says something false and ridiculous, you say to yourself, “I’m sure his supporters are just going to eat that up.” But at other times, you …


In Oregon, a community responds to imprisonment of migrants

Norm and Kathy Daviess stood in the shade of a prison wall topped with coiled razor wire, waiting for three immigrants to come out. It’s become an oddly familiar routine, …


Officials consider asking parents to make dire border choice: detention or separation?

The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

Tacoma gets a win in effort to keep the Northwest Detention Center from growing

The city of Tacoma won a battle last week in its effort to prevent the immigration detention center on the Tideflats from expanding.


U.S. considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Eight people, including 4 migrants in US illegally, die in crash

Eight people, including four immigrants in the U.S. illegally, were killed in a head-on crash on an Arizona highway, authorities said Thursday.


Immigrant families struggling with trauma of separation

Families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration and then reunited with their children say they are suffering deep emotional wounds and want the U.S. government …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Trump administration to detain families longer despite court

The White Houseon Thursday moved to abandon a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, proposing new regulations that would allow the government …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Entrepreneur with Boise roots built a company to help immigrants, and it’s booming

Matt Oppenheimer, a Boise native, sees potential for Remitly, a tech startup which facilitates the cross-border money transfers, to help immigrants send money home to their families.


As Trump considers penalties, Seattle-area immigrants turn down public benefits they’re entitled to claim

Immigrants are withdrawing their children from health care and turning down food stamps as the Trump administration considers penalizing those who use public benefits — even if they’re legally in …


Despite crackdown, immigrants flowing through Arizona border

Families are still coming into the U.S. even in the face of daily global headlines about the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policies. The flow of families from Central America is …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Trump administration: 1,820 children reunited after border split

The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially long …


Seattle-area residents step up to help separated immigrant families

Various organizations are coordinating volunteer efforts to provide services such as housing, translation and transportation to asylum-seekers.


Federal judge denies Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain families

A federal judge in California Monday rejected the Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain immigrant families apprehended at the border, calling it an attempt by the federal government to simply …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Judge rejects blanket delay to reunite children at border

A judge on Friday refused to grant the Trump administration a blanket extension of the deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more …


Records show Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.


Froma Harrop: Trump tricks naive Democrats on immigration

If I worked for Donald Trump and designed a T-shirt that read “I don’t believe in borders” in Spanish – and I got a Democratic congressman, say Minnesota’s Keith Ellison, …


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Zero tolerance sowed confusion from start

As Health and Human Services secretary, Alex Azar was responsible for caring for migrant children taken from their parents at the border. Now a Democratic senator was asking him at …