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More migrant women say they didn't OK surgery in detention

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks. The 39-year-old...

 

In aftermath of Hurricane Laura, residents worry about help

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — In a matter of hours last week, Hurricane Laura tore through the tire shop Layla Winbush's family started just under a year ago, reducing most of it to rubble and scattering hundreds of tires across the lot. The storm also...

 

Storm causes erosion at Trump backers' private border wall

HOUSTON (AP) — Weeks after it was criticized by President Donald Trump as "done to make me look bad," a private border wall built by his supporters in South Texas has suffered new erosion in a weekend tropical storm that was the project's first...

 

Tropical Storm Hanna drenches South Texas amid virus crisis

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling...

 

Army, New York giving Houston a helping hand during pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) — Teams of doctors and nurses from New York and the U.S. Army have descended on Houston after the nation's fourth-largest city sought help to deal with a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. An 86-person Army team of...

 

Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration's prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District...

 

'Coming back and biting us': US sees virus resurgence

HOUSTON (AP) — A coronavirus resurgence is wiping out two months of progress in the U.S. and sending infections to dire new levels across the South and West, with administrators and health experts warning on Wednesday that politicians and a tired-o...

 

For George Floyd, a complicated life and a notorious death

HOUSTON (AP) — Years before a bystander's video of George Floyd's last moments turned his name into a global cry for justice, Floyd trained a camera on himself. "I just want to speak to you all real quick," Floyd says in one video, addressing the...

 

Detained migrant with COVID-19 forced to call in to court

HOUSTON (AP) — A detained immigrant who said he tested positive for COVID-19 was required to call in for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk, his attorney said. When the judge asked Salomon Diego Alonzo to say his name...

 

Scant testing in US migration system risks spreading virus

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Trump administration's failure to test all but a small percentage of detained immigrants for the novel coronavirus may be helping it spread through the United States' sprawling system of detention centers and then to...

 

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. Abbott's announcement could have major implications for...

 

US heads to court to build Trump border wall in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, the U.S. government is ramping up its efforts to seize private land in Texas to build a border wall. Trump's signature campaign promise has consistently faced political, legal, and...

 

Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump...

 

Biographer: Statue poem embraces migrants from 'all places'

Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many...

 

ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

HOUSTON (AP) — The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who...

 

Private prison company sued in death of migrant child, 1

HOUSTON (AP) — A woman whose 1-year-old daughter died weeks after they were released from an immigration detention center in Texas filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the private prison company that operates the facility. Lawyers for Yazmin Juárez...

 

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said...

 

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding...

 

A year after separation, migrant boy in Texas waits for dad

BUDA, Texas (AP) — There were water balloons at Byron Xol's birthday party — bunches of them, filled a dozen at a time. He squeezed them with both hands, until the water burst on his face and chest. "Super good!" the 9-year-old yelled, again and...

 

New holding center for migrant children opens in Texas

CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former oilfield worker camp off a dirt road in rural Texas has become the U.S. government's newest holding center for detaining migrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations, where complaints of...

 

Border official resigns amid uproar over migrant children

HOUSTON (AP) — The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency's stations in Texas. Acting Commissioner John...

 

A look at how immigration authorities make arrests

Immigrant advocates and sympathizers are warning about arrests around the country as early as Sunday. The anticipated sweep is expected to be similar to operations that authorities have regularly done since 2003. They often produce hundreds of...

 

Trump's proposed fee on asylum seekers would burden the poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asylum seekers waiting to get into the U.S. sleep in small tents set up by the border, depending on volunteers and churches to bring them food and clothing. Some scrape together 25 cents to pay a toll to get on an international...

 

Border Patrol expands fingerprinting of migrant children

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border authorities say they've started to increase the biometric data they take from children 13 years old and younger, including fingerprints, despite privacy concerns and government policy intended to restrict what can be...

 

Family detention space goes unused as Trump warns of crisis

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned that Central American families are staging an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has threatened to take migrants to Democratic strongholds to punish political opponents. And his administration...

 

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