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Lawyer For Marine Jailed In Mexico Expresses Confidence

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — The lawyer for a U.S. Marine held in a Mexican prison since April 1 on weapons charges said Wednesday that, after three evidentiary hearings, he was optimistic that he was close to a ruling that would free his client. “Although the trial is ongoing and there’s […]

September 10, 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

19 Migrants Come Ashore In Florida; 1 Dead, Another Sent To Hospital

By Carli Teproff, The Miami Herald Nineteen people believed to be from Haiti were found on Hillsboro Beach, Fla., early Monday morning after the police department was alerted to the beach by nearby condo residents, officials said. Hillsboro Beach Police Maj. Jay Szesnat said police arrived at about 2:15 a.m. and found 17 people on […]

August 25, 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

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

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

Mexican Judge Declines To Throw Out Weapons Charges Against Marine

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — After a lengthy hearing in Tijuana for a Marine reservist jailed since April 1 on weapons charges, a judge Wednesday declined to throw out the case as urged by U.S. politicians and instead scheduled another evidentiary hearing. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who served two combat tours […]

July 10, 2014

Teens Tell Tales Of Traveling — Without Parents — Across U.S.-Mexico Border

By Alfonso Chardy, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Soon after crossing into Mexico from Guatemala, 17-year-old Ana became separated from the group of Hondurans with whom she had been traveling and wound up alone in a mountain cottage where she was repeatedly raped by strangers. “They threatened me, saying that if I ever said something […]

July 2, 2014

Kerry Urges Central America Cooperation On Child Migrants

Panama City (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated Tuesday Washington’s calls for Central American cooperation in addressing the plight of tens of thousands of illegal child migrants making their way to the United States. The rapid surge in unaccompanied children making the dangerous journey, most of them from Central America, has prompted […]

July 1, 2014

Obama To Ask Congress For Funding To Quickly Deport Immigrant Children

By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s surprise request that Congress give him authority to quickly deport thousands of Central American children illegally crossing the border is likely to renew the on-again, off-again immigration reform debate that many Republicans had hoped to avoid. The administration is asking Congress […]

June 30, 2014

Obama Puts Off Plans To Soften Deportation Rules

By Brian Bennett and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A surge of young immigrants crossing the border is prompting President Barack Obama to delay his plans to announce more lenient deportation policies, a sign that the White House has begun to guard against political fallout from the unprecedented influx of minors. The administration […]

June 27, 2014

Don’t Send Kids To U.S., Obama Tells Central American Parents

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau MINNEAPOLIS — President Barack Obama is telling Central American parents considering sending their children to the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty to keep them at home. “Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC News […]

June 27, 2014

Johnson Says ‘No Free Pass’ For Children After Border Crossings

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times NOGALES, Ariz. — Moments after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took his first tour of a southern Arizona detention facility housing about 900 migrant children in makeshift cages Wednesday, he had a message for Central American parents who are on the brink of sending their children illegally and alone […]

June 26, 2014

Lawmakers Press DHS Secretary To Stop Children Crossing The Border

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday he had ordered five dozen additional criminal investigators to Texas to prosecute human smugglers responsible for bringing children across the border illegally. Johnson disclosed the beefed-up federal presence during a sometimes-acrimonious congressional hearing in which Republicans blamed a […]

June 24, 2014

White House Plans More Detention Centers To Address Border Crisis

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times SAN ANTONIO — Obama administration officials announced new measures Friday to detain and process an influx of families streaming over the southern U.S. border in recent months, primarily from Central America. Officials plan to open new temporary immigration detention centers to house the families, and will […]

June 20, 2014

National Guard Played Many Roles During Border Deployment

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman For much of its history, the National Guard’s border mission has been a political football, alternately thrown by Democrats and Republicans. When President George W. Bush introduced the effort in 2006, the mission was supposed to last no more than two years while the Border Patrol beefed up its ranks. […]

June 20, 2014

Republicans Blame Obama For Border Crisis

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Simon BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Republicans are challenging the president’s characterization of the surge in young immigrants from Central America across the southern border as an unforeseen crisis, accusing his administration of contributing to the influx and demanding that he deploy National Guard troops and other resources to secure the border. […]

June 20, 2014

Texas Leaders Order Trooper Surge To Deal With Border Problems

By Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH, Texas — Top Texas officials directed Department of Public Safety troopers late Wednesday to begin a surge to secure the Texas-Mexico border in the wake of an growing number of illegal immigrants flooding into the southern part of the state. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David […]

June 19, 2014

Kayaker Tells Border Patrol He Wasn’t Sneaking Into U.S.

By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — A Canadian kayaker has landed in legal hot water in the U.S. after giving border agents this excuse for stopping along the Detroit River bank: He had to relieve himself. Turned out, records state, the man with the inflatable blue kayak didn’t really have to take a […]

June 16, 2014
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Central America Turmoil, Not U.S. Policies, May Be Behind Surge Of Child Migrants

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff ARRIAGA, Mexico — Wilson Coxaj, looking braver than his 16 years might merit, left his village in Guatemala’s highlands earlier this month and is making his way to the United States. It is a perilous journey. If he’s successful, he’ll join what U.S. officials are calling “the surge” — […]

June 11, 2014