5th migrant child dies after detention by US border agents Monday, May 20th, 2019

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old boy from Guatemala who died in U.S. custody Monday had been held for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred to another holding facility after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager, identified by U.S...

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For Immigrants Without Lawyers, Justice Is Hard to Find Sunday, May 19th, 2019

BY NATALIE YAHR, MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It was nearly three hours before sunrise on a frigid October morning when immigration attorney Aissa Olivarez climbed into her Honda CR-V and left her Madison apartment. She drove an hour and 40 minutes to Elgin, Illinois, and got on the commuter train,..

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Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’ Friday, May 17th, 2019

By ZEKE MILLER, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN, WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger,..

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Trump pushes immigration plan favoring ‘merit’ over family Thursday, May 16th, 2019

By JILL COLVIN, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors..

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Panama sees surge in migrants crossing perilous Darien Gap Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

By JUAN ZAMORANO, PENITAS, Panama (AP) — Venise Felizor lay on a mattress in a warehouse-turned-shelter on a hot, sticky afternoon with her 20-month-old son, Wesly, in her arms, the boy coughing and wailing after suffering from diarrhea for days. Originally from Haiti, they recently appeared in..

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Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

By ASTRID GALVAN and NOMAAN MERCHANT, PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental..

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Setting the Record Straight About African Migration Monday, May 13th, 2019

In recent years, images of young Africans attempting to reach Europe, sometimes through the most daring and desperate routes, have become a fixture on global and national news channels. Cynical politicians in Europe and the United States have argued, for the sake of winning votes, that these..

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Court Rules Immigrants Can Be Deported for Marijuana Crime Saturday, May 11th, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP): A federal appeals court has ruled that California's legalization of marijuana doesn't protect immigrants from deportation if they were convicted of pot crimes before voters approved the new law in 2016. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied on Friday..

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Up to 70 migrants drown after boat capsizes off Tunisia Friday, May 10th, 2019

By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA, TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 other people from the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia’s state news..

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AP finds 13,000 asylum seekers on border wait lists Thursday, May 9th, 2019

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, NOMAAN MERCHANT and PATRICIO ESPINOZA, CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — For thousands of asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait — and wait, and wait — at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children sleep in tents next to bridges leading to Texas for weeks on..

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Teen’s death raises new questions about US care of migrants Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and SONIA PÉREZ D., HOUSTON (AP) — Juan de León Gutiérrez told his mother he was calling from a warehouse in Mexico, hidden by a human smuggler who had been paid to take the teenager into the United States. “He told me he had something of a headache, perhaps because he..

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U.S. census should ID, but not count, illegal immigrants

Decent, law-abiding people know that crime is wrong and it’s unjust to profit from criminality. So why do many Democrats oppose President Trump directing the U.S. census to determine whether people are illegally in America? After all, a fundamental principle of our Constitution is that each..

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Can the Belt and Road Become a Trap for China? Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Critics often claim that China is using its massive “Belt and Road Initiative” as a form of coercive “debt-trap diplomacy” to exert control over the countries..