Tag: Immigration Detention

ICE Faces Migrant Detention Crunch as Border Chaos Spills Into Interior of the Country

[Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet. Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.] Federal immigration authorities faced with overburdened detention centers are scouring the country to find space to house migrants as the crush of asylum seekers […]

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White House Considered Releasing Migrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s top aides considered an idea to pressure immigration agencies to release apprehended migrants into so-called sanctuary cities represented by Democratic lawmakers, according to several people familiar with the proposal. The idea was floated in an email by a top White House policy adviser in November, when Mr. Trump was furiously condemning […]

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News Analysis: The Border Is Broken. And There’s No Plan to Fix It.

[Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet. Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.] SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — It was never like this before. The migrants come now in the middle of the night or in the bright […]

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Analysis: The Border Is Broken. And There’s No Plan to Fix It.

[Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet. Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.] It was never like this before. The migrants come now in the middle of the night or in the bright light of day. Men […]

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Who Is Left to Say No to Trump?

There’s no reason to mourn Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure from the Department of Homeland Security. She was an immigration hard-liner working aggressively to carry out President Trump’s restrictionist agenda. She spearheaded efforts to crack down on migrants and asylum seekers. She requested military assistance at the border. She limited the number of people who can legally […]

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Kirstjen Nielsen Enforced Cruelty at the Border. Her Replacement Could Be Worse.

Time finally ran out for Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s beleaguered secretary of homeland security. The terms of Ms. Nielsen’s departure were unclear. She met with the president on Sunday evening to discuss continuing problems at the southern border. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that Ms. Nielsen “will be leaving […]

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U.S. Says It Could Take 2 Years to Identify Up to Thousands of Separated Immigrant Families

It may take federal officials two years to identify what could be thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their families at the southern United States border, the government said in court documents filed on Friday. A federal judge had asked for a plan to identify these children and their families after a report […]

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We Fled the Gangs in Honduras. Then the U.S. Government Took My Baby.

SAN FRANCISCO — I am an asylum seeker from Honduras and a mother of three children. For over a month my youngest daughter was separated from her father and me by the United States government. I still don’t know where she was during that time or who took care of her. She’s a toddler, so […]

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The Interpreter: Border Crackdowns Feed a Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Fear and Backlash

Look at the numbers, and something of a mystery emerges regarding the Trump administration’s claims of a surge of uncontrolled arrivals. Net migration across the southern border is at historic lows. Border apprehensions of unauthorized arrivals were at the lowest in modern record in 2017 and 2018. Apprehensions are up this spring, but still far […]

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Migrant Camp Under El Paso Bridge Has Been Cleared Out

[Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet. Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.] Federal immigration officials appear to have cleared out an enclosure under a bridge in El Paso where they were detaining hundreds of families of […]

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Spring Brings Surge of Migrants, Stretching Border Facilities Far Beyond Capacity

[Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet. Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.] Some of the children detained under the bridge in El Paso hide their faces in their hands, shielding themselves from the blowing dust. Behind […]

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Former Trump Family Driver Has Been in ICE Custody for 8 Months

When Donald Trump’s children and campaign staff arrived in South Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign, they were often greeted at the airport by Zoltan Tamas in a black Cadillac Escalade. As a senior security guard at Trump National Golf Club in the town of Jupiter, Mr. Tamas was licensed to carry a gun. He […]

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Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends

WASHINGTON — Swept up by authorities after the Sept. 11 attacks, Adham Hassoun, a Palestinian computer programmer who lived in Florida, served 15 years in prison for sending support to Islamist militants abroad. His sentence completed, he then waited in immigration detention more than a year and a half while the government fruitlessly hunted for […]

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9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained at Border for 30 Hours Despite Being a U.S. Citizen

A 9-year-old United States citizen was detained at a Southern California border checkpoint for more than 30 hours this week while the authorities said they worked to verify her identity. The girl, identified by NBC 7 San Diego as Julia Isabel Amparo Medina, had been making her daily commute from Tijuana, Mexico — where she […]

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Border Patrol Facilities in Texas Are Overflowing, Prompting Mass Releases in Border Cities

MCALLEN, Tex. — Border Patrol detention centers in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley have soared well past their capacity in recent days, prompting mass releases of migrants onto the streets as local leaders scramble to house and feed hundreds of new arrivals daily. “They’re as stressed as we are,” Jim Darling, mayor of the South Texas […]

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Immigrants Facing Deportation Must Be Detained After Release From Criminal Custody, Justices Rule

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday adopted a strict interpretation of a federal immigration law, saying it required the detention of immigrants facing deportation without the possibility of bail if they had committed crimes, including minor ones, no matter how long ago they had been released from criminal custody. The vote was 5 to […]

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Southwest Key, Known for Migrant Shelters, Cashes In on Charter Schools

At East Austin College Prep in Texas, raccoons and rats invade offices and classrooms. When it rains, the roof of the main building leaks. Room 106 was so rickety a chair leg fell through the floor. Yet for all this, the secondary school pays almost $900,000 in annual rent. It has little choice: Its landlord […]

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Top Officials Resign From Troubled Texas Charity for Migrants

The two top officials at Southwest Key Programs, the largest provider of shelters for migrant children, have stepped down under intensifying pressure from within the organization and a federal investigation into alleged financial improprieties there. Juan Sanchez, the founder and chief executive, said in an email to staff members Monday that he would leave the […]

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‘An Angel From God,’ and Border Agents Took Her

President Trump claimed last June to have ended the practice of separating immigrant families at the southern border. “We are going to keep the families together,” he declared from the Oval Office. Mr. President, meet Clemente and his daughter Wendy, both fleeing gang violence in Guatemala. Your administration separated them six months ago and kept […]

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