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Trump Has New Plan for Migrants' DNA

The DNA would be placed in a huge crime database

(Newser) - The Trump administration is planning to expand the collection of DNA from migrants who cross US borders, and to include the information in a massive criminal database operated by the FBI, the AP reports. The effort is separate from and much broader than the rapid DNA testing done on families... More »

Report: Trump Suggested Shooting Migrants in Legs

He wanted alligators in border trench, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump aired some disturbing ideas during a "frenzied" week in March when his frustration with border security reached a boiling point, reports the New York Times , which cites "more than a dozen White House and administration officials." According to the sources, during one meeting in March... More »

Administration Loses Attempt to Hold Migrant Children Longer

Federal judge issues permanent injunction in Flores agreement case

(Newser) - The Trump administration has lost its effort to impose new rules that would let it detain migrant children with their parents indefinitely. After a hearing Friday in Los Angeles, the Washington Post reports, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction, preventing the administration from withdrawing from the Flores agreement . That... More »

Hurricane Survivor, 12, Was Sent to Migrant Detention Center

Bahamian girl has now been reunited with family

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl from the Bahamas who ended up in a migrant detention center in Florida after fleeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian has been reunited with her family. Kaytora Paul flew to Miami with her godmother on Sunday after being evacuated from hard-hit Abaco Island, where the roof... More »

White House Makes Its Move Against Flores Agreement

Will issue new rule that would end 20-day limit on detaining migrant kids

(Newser) - The Flores agreement was put into place during the Clinton administration; the Trump administration is now formally trying to replace it. The federal consent decree has since 1997 put parameters around the detention of migrant children and teens. The new rule the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of... More »

Trump Finds New Way to Discourage Migrants

But swamped immigration courts manage to fast-track family cases

(Newser) - Rosita Lopez said armed gang members demanded money from her and her partner at their small grocery store on the Guatemalan coast and threatened to kill them when they couldn't pay. When her partner was shot soon afterward, they sold everything and fled north, the AP reports. Just over... More »

Trump Loses Court Battle Over Asylum

Federal judge's ruling halts the policy across the Mexico border

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new asylum restrictions for immigrants at the US-Mexico border, marking the latest defeat for a president waging an all-out battle in the courts to stop the flow of migrants into the country, the AP reports. The ruling by US... More »

Mom: Daughter, 1, Died After Weeks in ICE Custody

Guatemalan girl died weeks after release

(Newser) - "My Mariee died on what is Mother's Day in my country," Yazmin Juarez told a House Oversight subcommittee Wednesday, recounting how her daughter had been healthy when they made the trek north from Guatemala, but became ill during the weeks they spent in Immigration and Customs Enforcement... More »

As Inspectors Visited, Detained Migrants Begged for Help

Report calls border situation 'a ticking time bomb'

(Newser) - In one photo, one of 88 men in a cell meant for 41 presses a piece of cardboard against the window, with the word "help." In another, a man lowers his head and clasps his hands as if in prayer. And in a third, a woman wearing a... More »

AOC's Tour of Migrant Facilities Got Tense

She accused guards of being disrespectful, and they say the same of her

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of Congress visited migrant detention facilities on the border Monday, and one tangible issue has emerged in the headlines—toilet water. AOC and at least two other lawmakers say women being held at the facilities told them guards instructed them to drink toilet water... More »

The Photo Rocked Us. He Just Took Responsibility

President Nayib Bukele says migrants' deaths in Rio Grande is on El Salvador

(Newser) - Oscar Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to reach the US. Now, a country's leader has taken the blame for the incident, a photograph of which was shared far and wide . The president of El Salvador on Sunday said the fault lies with... More »

Mother of Drowned Dad: 'You Can Tell He Was Trying to Protect Her'

Another migrant says family ignored warnings not to cross river

(Newser) - "You can tell he was trying to protect her." So says the mother of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, the migrant who left El Salvador seeking a better life for his toddler daughter only for both of them to drown, the little girl's arm wrapped around her father'... More »

Image Taken at the Rio Grande Is 'Our Version of Syrian Photo'

Father, toddler drowned in Rio Grande

(Newser) - They died seeking the American dream—and their photo is now being used to illustrate the dangers migrants face. A heartbreaking image of a Salvadoran father and his young daughter, who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande on Sunday, was captured Monday by journalist Julia Le Duc and published... More »

Workers Plan Walkout to Protest Sales to Migrant Camps

They're not happy about Wayfair's detention center contract

(Newser) - Workers at online furniture giant Wayfair say they don't want any part in what the US government is doing to migrants on America's southern border. Hundreds of workers are planning a walkout Wednesday to protest the company's sale of beds to a migrant detention center in Texas,... More »

Border Patrol Refuses Donations of Diapers, Soap

Texas state Rep. Terry Canales says situation is 'disgusting'

(Newser) - A group of friends say they were ignored by Border Patrol agents while trying to deliver $340 worth of diapers, soap, and toys to a Texas facility where migrant children were said to be going without . Austin Savage, one of the group of six, says the lobby of the facility... More »

Migrant Children Removed From 'Appalling' Texas Facility

Some kids have been moved to a tent camp

(Newser) - Federal authorities have confirmed that hundreds of children have been removed from a Texas facility where they had been kept in vile conditions that shocked visiting attorneys . Department of Homeland Security officials tell NBC News that around 300 children have been moved from the Border Patrol facility in Clint, some... More »

For Detained Migrant Kids: Lice, No Toothpaste or Soap

Attorney: 'Worst conditions I have ever witnessed in several years of doing these inspections'

(Newser) - A series of reports in recent days describes miserable conditions for migrant children being held at a Border Patrol facility near El Paso, Texas. The reports are based on the accounts of attorneys who visited the facility in Clint to check on the conditions of the unaccompanied minors, ranging in... More »

To Cover US Deal, Mexico's President Will Sell His Plane

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador flies commercial anyway

(Newser) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to fulfill a 2018 campaign promise to sell the country's presidential plane—though the estimated $150 million won't go to help poor communities as he initially stated. As the BBC reports, funds from the sale of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will... More »

Did He Help or Harbor Migrants? The Jury Is Hung

Scott Warren is in the clear—for now

(Newser) - An Arizona man says he helped two migrants out of the kindness of his heart. Federal prosecutors say he conspired to transport the men while shielding them from Border Patrol agents. And jurors can't decide who they believe. The case, in which 36-year-old geography teacher Scott Warren faced up... More »

Trump Accidentally Reveals 'Secret' Mexico Deal

Photographers were able to capture details

(Newser) - President Trump again claimed to have a "secret" deal with Mexico on Tuesday—and while he declined to provide details for reporters at the White House, he helpfully displayed a piece of paper that he said was part of the agreement. A photo tweeted by Washington Post photographer Jabin... More »

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