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Feds Accused of Covering Up Death of Migrant Girl, 10

Salvadoran girl died in September last year

(Newser) - House lawmakers grilled acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Wednesday about the deaths of five migrant children in US custody in recent months—but it later emerged that the real number was six. In a previously unreported case, a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador with a history of heart defects... More »

Shanahan Reveals Plan for Border Security

The acting defense secretary wants to leave the Pentagon behind

(Newser) - On a trip to a border city in Texas, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the government's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help, the AP reports. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to... More »

Pope Puts His Money Where the Migrants Are

Francis donates $500K in humanitarian aid for those stranded at the US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, reports the AP , offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging, and basic necessities. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter'... More »

Mystery at the Border: Boy With Writing on Shoes

3-year-old found alone in cornfield on Tuesday

(Newser) - The popular kids show PAW Patrol flashed on a computer screen at a Border Patrol station in Texas on Tuesday. In front of the screen sat a 3-year-old boy officials had just found crying alone in a cornfield in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, not far from the US-Mexico... More »

Mexican Authorities Raid Migrant Caravan

Up to 500 detained in surprise Chiapas raid

(Newser) - Central American migrants hoping to reach the US now carry the added anxiety of the pursued after Mexican police and immigration agents detained hundreds in a surprise raid on a caravan in Mexico's south. While their compatriots were being taken into custody Monday, hundreds of other migrants scrambled away... More »

Report: White House Wanted to Send Migrants to 'Sanctuary Cities'

ICE told them the plan was unworkable

(Newser) - The White House wanted to send a message to Democrats by sending buses of apprehended migrants to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to hand over undocumented immigrants for deportation, according to emails seen by the Washington Post . The move was apparently proposed at least twice in the last six months,... More »

Aid Ship Stuck at Sea

Italy and Malta refuse safe harbor

(Newser) - A humanitarian aid ship carrying 64 rescued migrants was stuck in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday as both Italy and Malta refused it safe harbor, leaving the migrants sleeping in cramped conditions on deck as a storm approached. The refusal sets the stage for another Mediterranean migrant standoff that can... More »

The Border Glut Is 'Staggering'

One analyst describes a 'system-wide collapse'

(Newser) - An unprecedented migrant wave is snarling the immigrant system and peppering the Texas-Mexico border with sad sights—like dozens of families jammed under a bridge in El Paso, the El Paso Times reports. "It's staggering," says McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez. "Really, we’ve never seen... More »

She Died at Age 7 in CBP Custody. Now, an Official Cause of Death

Jakelin Caal Maquin died of sepsis from strep bacteria, medical examiner says

(Newser) - When Jakelin Caal Maquin arrived Dec. 6 from Guatemala at the US-Mexico border with her father and more than 100 migrants, her family says she'd eaten well during her journey and wasn't sick. By early Dec. 8, the 7-year-old was dead . Customs and Border Protection, which had taken... More »

An Unusual 'Act of Piracy on the High Seas'

Rescued migrants hijack ship, which is later retaken

(Newser) - A Maltese special operations team on Thursday boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea and returned control to the captain before escorting it to a Maltese port. Armed military personnel stood guard on the ship's deck, and a dozen or so migrants were also... More »

Detained Migrant Kids Say Staff Touched Their Genitals

Allegations made in 4.5K reports of abuse since October 2014

(Newser) - Rep. Ted Deutch described the government's 135 migrant shelters as "an unsafe environment" at a Tuesday congressional hearing on the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families, and produced some alarming stats to back up the claim. The Florida Democrat shared records showing the Department of Health... More »

Feds: Not Sure We Can Reunite Migrant Families

Health and Human Services claims it might actually harm the children

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. Health and Human Services Department officials said in court filings late Friday that... More »

Migrant on Hunger Strike: I'm Being Force-Fed

Man says he's tied down and force-fed through tubes

(Newser) - Nine men—up from six earlier this week—are being force-fed under court order in a detention center in El Paso, Texas, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. One of the hunger strikers, a 22-year-old man from Indian who called the AP on Friday, described how he is dragged from... More »

Feds Ready to Roll Out Major Asylum Policy Change

Asylum seekers will be forced to wait in Mexico

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday will start forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US courts, an official says, launching what could become one of the more significant changes to the immigration system in years. The changes will be introduced at San Diego's... More »

Women Convicted of Leaving Water, Food for Migrants

4 activists entered Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge without a permit

(Newser) - A federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants, reports the AP . US Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco's ruling Friday marked the first conviction against humanitarian aid volunteers... More »

Record Migrant Group Tunnels Under Border Wall

The asylum seekers mostly come with minors

(Newser) - A record-high group of migrants entered the US on Monday by tunneling under a border wall near San Luis, Arizona, ABC News reports. The 376 asylum seekers can be seen on US Border Patrol video walking along the border fence to be processed by agents in the Yuma area. "... More »

Swabs Reveal Clue in Migrant Boy's Death

Felipe Gómez Alonzo had the flu: medical investigator

(Newser) - The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody on Christmas Eve had the flu, according to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. "Results of nasal and lung swabs have tested positive for influenza B," though "determining an accurate cause of death requires further evaluation,... More »

US Orders Medical Checks on All Migrant Kids in Custody

After 8-year-old boy died Christmas Eve

(Newser) - US Customs and Border Protection has ordered medical checks on every child in its custody Tuesday after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died , marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care this month. The boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gómez Alonzo, had... More »

Even Migrants Are Blaming Group Behind Caravans

People Without Borders has its critics

(Newser) - Thousands of Central Americans journeying toward the United States were 2,500 miles from their destination in October when they reached a moment of decision: Should they press on toward the US border? Or should they stop and put down roots in Mexico, where the government offered to let them... More »

Mexico Just Made a Big Change on Migrants

People seeking asylum in US will be returned to Mexico to wait out the process

(Newser) - Mexico has agreed to a fundamental change on how it deals with migrants seeking asylum in the US. Instead of being allowed to cross into America, they will now be returned to Mexico to wait out the legal process, reports the AP . The Homeland Security Department calls Mexico's agreement... More »

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