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Nation Sep 03Number of child migrants crossing the border declines
WASHINGTON — The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States continued to decline in August, according to figures disclosed Wednesday by the Homeland Security Department.
Nation Sep 02Federal investigation finds no mistreatment of child immigrants
A federal investigation that included surprise inspections was unable to substantiate 16 accusations by advocacy groups that the government packed into frigid cells children caught crossing the border alone, made them sleep on hard floors and provided inadequate food or…
Nation Aug 27Immigration judges’ union seeks independent court system
The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.
Nation Aug 04Feds closing emergency shelters for child migrants
Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe says operations at the shelters will soon be suspended because there have been fewer child immigrants caught at the border and the government has expanded capacity at other shelters.
Nation Jul 22Homeland Security arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges
The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of…
Politics Jul 11House chairman: $3.7 billion request ‘too much’
President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Appropriations…
Politics Jul 10Possible immigration compromise emerges on Capitol Hill
Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. The top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them. "It's not…
Politics Jun 20Administration to open detention centers for families caught crossing the border
The Obama administration is opening new detention facilities to house immigrant families caught crossing the border together illegally. This is after months of an immigration surge from Central America.
Nation Jun 13Border agents in Texas warned not to talk to media
WASHINGTON — The surge in immigrant children caught crossing the southern border in Texas that has dominated headlines and risks becoming a political crisis for President Barack Obama and Congress includes a new threat facing Border Patrol agents: reporters. An…
Nation Jun 06U.S. releasing undocumented immigrants, but won’t say how many
The Obama administration is releasing inside the United States some immigrants who have crossed illegally into the country amid a surge in traffic across the Mexican border in southern Texas. But how many remains a mystery because the government won't…