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Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

SEATTLE – A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation’s biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage – instead of $1 a day – to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state.

US identifies 3,900 children separated at border under Trump

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 of a chapter in U.S. immigration history that drew widespread condemnation.

Tearful reunion after mom saw AP photo of daughter at border

 Six years had passed since Glenda Valdez kissed her toddler goodbye and left for the United States — six years since she held Emely in her arms. But here she was, at Texas’ Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, tearfully embracing the little girl she left behind.

Farm laborer convicted in 2018 stabbing death of Iowa runner

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A farm laborer was found guilty Friday in the abduction and killing of an Iowa college student who vanished while out for a run in 2018 and will face life behind bars for a crime that shocked the nation.

U.S. to expedite immigration cases of families on border

SAN DIEGO – Families arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico will have their cases fast-tracked in immigration court, the Biden administration said Friday, less than two weeks after it said it was easing pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum.

U.S. ends use of two immigration jails accused of mistreatment

A detention facility in Georgia where women claim they were subjected to unwanted medical procedures and a Massachusetts jail that has drawn complaints of inhumane conditions will no longer be used to detain immigrants, the Biden administration said Thursday.

Prosecutor says trial in Iowa student’s death won’t be easy

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A prosecutor warned prospective jurors Monday that the trial of a Mexican national charged in the 2018 fatal stabbing of a University of Iowa student will include graphic evidence that will be emotionally difficult to see and hear.

Afghans who helped the U.S. now fear being left behind

KABUL, Afghanistan — He served as an interpreter alongside U.S. soldiers on hundreds of patrols and dozens of firefights in eastern Afghanistan, earning a glowing letter of recommendation from an American platoon commander and a medal of commendation.

Local undocumented students eligible for federal pandemic assistance, Biden administration rules

The new rule reverses a widely criticized interpretation by the Trump administration of eligibility for billions of dollars in aid for costs associated with the pandemic. It will also likely lead to the end of a lawsuit brought in Eastern Washington by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued President Donald Trump's Education Department last year alleging the exclusion of so-called "Dreamers" exceeded the agency's authority. 

Authorities: Man who piloted boat that crashed hit U.S. agent

A man accused of piloting a boat overloaded with migrants that crashed into rocks off San Diego's coast and killed three people kneed a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the face who was trying to put a leg shackle on him on the beach, authorities said.

US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls “just the beginning” of a broader effort.

More perilous phase ahead for President Joe Biden after his 1st 100 days

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's presidency is entering a new and more perilous phase where he is almost certain to face stiffer Republican opposition and also have difficulty keeping Democrats united as he pushes for $4 trillion in additional spending on programs that have echoes of the New Deal and the Great Society.

Booms in Idaho, Utah buck the curve of slowing U.S. growth

SALT LAKE CITY — Two Western states known for their rugged landscapes and wide-open spaces are bucking the trend of sluggish U.S. population growth, which dipped to the lowest level since the Great Depression, though different forces are powering the population booms in Utah and Idaho.