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Texas Schools Pressed To Accommodate Influx Of Young Immigrants

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times HOUSTON — A year ago, the Las Americas Newcomer Middle School in the low-income Gulfton neighborhood started the semester with 150 immigrant and refugee students. When the new school year began last month, enrollment skyrocketed to 325 students, most of them newly arrived from Central America. “It’s put a […]

September 15, 2014

Water ‘Angels’ Save Migrants On U.S. Border

By Sara Puig Jacumba (United States) (AFP) — Every year, would-be immigrants steal across the U.S.-Mexican border — and over the years, thousands have died in the baking, snake-infested desert on either side. A group of activists is now working to keep the desperate migrants alive. The so-called “Border Angels” hide bottles of water in […]

September 12, 2014

Under ‘Rocket Docket,’ Kids Race Time — Few Of Them With A Lawyer

By Dianne Solis, The Dallas Morning News Lawyers call them “rocket dockets” — court schedules that speed deportation hearings for Central American children who crossed the U.S. border without a parent. Some question whether the children are getting proper legal representation as immigration judges work their way through the fast-paced dockets. Leaders of the National […]

September 2, 2014

Obama Suggests He’ll Need More Time On Immigration Policy

By Kathleen Hennessey, Lisa Mascaro, and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is suggesting that he will defer his self-imposed deadline for announcing an expected change in immigration policy, as the White House wrestles with the political and legal dilemmas involved in making significant alterations without congressional approval. Fed up with […]

August 29, 2014

Following The Beast As It Snakes Its Way Through Mexico

By Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News HUEHUETOCA, Mexico — After more than three weeks of silence, The Beast growled again, blew its whistle, and finally left Tenosique, Mexico, near the border with Guatemala. Heading north, the train took on hundreds of Central Americans as shelters emptied along the way, from Veracruz to Puebla. Held […]

August 29, 2014

Judges’ Union Calls For Change In U.S. Immigration Courts, Separation From The Justice Department

By Dianne Solis, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — Two federal immigration court judges criticized the fast-track deportation hearings for unaccompanied minors Wednesday and called for the courts to be made independent from the Justice Department. The judges, leaders in the National Association of Immigration Judges, said the recent surge of immigrant children from Central […]

August 28, 2014

Nearly 300 Women, Children Deported From Immigration Detention Centers

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times TUCSON — Nearly 300 Central American women and children have been deported from family detention centers that opened in the wake of a recent influx of people illegally crossing the Southwest border. As of Wednesday evening, 280 women and children had been deported from the Artesia Family Residential Center […]

August 21, 2014

Child’s Detention Despite Citizenship Reveals Immigration Case Woes

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times TUCSON, Ariz. — An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child’s attorney. The boy […]

August 15, 2014
A group of 16 Guatemalans receive instructions from an Hidalgo County Constable after they crossed the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park outside McAllen, Texas, Junes 12, 2014. The group, from Guatemala, spent 3 weeks crossing Mexico. (Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Report: Majority Of Americans Don’t Want To Immediately Deport Refugee Children

Many politicians, including President Obama, have been adamant that the Central American migrant children who have crossed the border in recent months should be returned home as soon as possible, in the name of representing the views of their constituents and the American people. But it turns out that a majority of Americans don’t agree […]

August 11, 2014

Number Of Unaccompanied Child Migrants Falls By Half: United States

Washington (AFP) — The number of unaccompanied children illegally entering the United States at its southern border fell by half from June to July, U.S. officials said on Thursday. In a statement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the number of children arriving without adult accompaniment was 10,628 in June, but fell […]

August 8, 2014

U.S. Child Migrant Crisis: One Family’s Story

By Sara Puig Los Angeles (AFP) — It took Dora and Elias six weeks of nail-biting anguish before finally reuniting with their 13-year-old daughter in Los Angeles after she fled El Salvador. The girl, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, is among more than 57,000 minors who have entered the United States […]

August 8, 2014

Young Immigrants Must Risk Deportation For Chance To Gain Legal Status

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times DALLAS — Since November, Oscar has been living with his grandmother in Fort Worth, Texas, attending public high school, and dreaming of becoming a police officer. He is one of thousands of young migrants from Central America who crossed the border illegally and hope to win permission to stay […]

August 5, 2014

Report: 117 Percent Increase In Children 12 And Younger Crossing Border Alone

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times HOUSTON — Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year’s total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117 percent increase in apprehensions among unaccompanied […]

July 25, 2014

Obama To Meet Central American Leaders On Child Migrants

By Ramon Sahmkow Washington (AFP) — President Barack Obama will meet three Central American leaders Friday to discuss the surge of children crossing the southern U.S. border without parents or papers, in flight from violence and poverty. The White House summit will mark the first time since the influx erupted into public view two months […]

July 25, 2014
Central American youths

Honduran Children May Be Allowed To Apply For U.S. Admission From Home

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House is considering a proposal that would allow Honduran children to apply for admission to the United States as refugees or on humanitarian grounds while still in their native country. It is one of several plans under review to deter Central American kids from making […]

July 25, 2014

Central American Minors Pushed North By Poverty, Violence, And Hopes For Refuge

By Emilie Eaton, Cronkite News Service ARRIAGA, Mexico — As night falls, Samuel Carcamo, in a gray button-up shirt and cuffed jeans, stands on the tracks with dozens of other migrants waiting to climb on top of the northbound freight known as “The Train of Death.” A native of El Salvador, he is already more […]

July 25, 2014
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FBI Investigating Scam Targeting Immigrant Children’s Families

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times DALLAS — The FBI is investigating how scammers obtained confidential information to defraud migrant children’s families of thousands of dollars by telling them they needed to pay a fee to get their children out of federal custody. The investigation, which began July 18 in San Antonio, has uncovered evidence […]

July 25, 2014

Migrant Children Face Test In Dallas Immigration Court

By Dianne Solis and David Tarrant, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — In a packed Dallas immigration courtroom, Elsy Garcia sits next to her 16-year-old brother, Jose. She last saw him when he was 9, when she fled their home in Usulutan in southern El Salvador. Now Jose is facing deportation. His case is confusing. […]

July 24, 2014

Democrats, Republicans In Congress Deadlocked On Border Crisis

By Lisa Mascaro and Kate Linthicum, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Failing to agree on how to handle the crush of children on the Southwestern border, Congress has stalemated amid a fresh round of political brinkmanship that is likely to prolong the crisis and increase federal costs involved. Rather than compromise over the White House’s […]

July 24, 2014

Amid Border Crisis, Situation In Texas’ Brooks County Turns Urgent

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times FALFURRIAS, Texas — Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry — immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint. Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, whose […]

July 22, 2014
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Drawing Undocumented Immigrants Out Of The Shadows

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — With federal immigration bills stalled on Capitol Hill, many states are charging ahead on their own to open doors to unauthorized immigrants, from allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities, to giving them driver’s licenses and providing them with welfare or Medicaid benefits. Sixteen states […]

July 22, 2014

U.S. Investigators Focus On Money Laundering Linked To Border Crisis

By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The increasingly costly and divisive border crisis is pushing federal investigators to crack down on money-laundering schemes they say are being used to smuggle thousands of Central American children into the United States. Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement […]

July 22, 2014

Sheriffs Question Perry Move To Send National Guard Troops To Border

By Christy Hoppe, The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN, Texas — The governor’s office confirmed this morning that Rick Perry will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to beef up patrols in South Texas. But sheriffs along the border said they have not been consulted and question the wisdom of sending military personnel […]

July 21, 2014
Immigrant Detainees

Migrants Face A Grim Wait In South Texas

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times McALLEN, Texas — The cells at the U.S. Border Patrol station were once again full, the air fetid with body odor. Women clutched babies in diapers, boys crowded the cell windows, and men were splayed shoulder to shoulder across the floors. That’s an improvement compared to recent weeks. The […]

July 18, 2014

Up To $1,000 A Day To Care For Child Migrants

Washington (AFP) — As U.S. lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the U.S. border. More than 57,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, have been caught entering the country illegally since last October, and […]

July 17, 2014