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Melania Trump visits Phx facility for migrant children

First lady Melania Trump visited a Southwest Key shelter in Phoenix on Thursday to talk to staff and children housed there. She toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson earlier in the day.... Read more»

Defendants in diapers? Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as three years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings.... Read more»

Update: Melania Trump meets with Border Patrol in Tucson, doesn't tour shelter

First lady Melania Trump spent about 90 minutes visiting a Border Patrol station on a Tucson military base Thursday morning, listening to law enforcement officials speak about border security.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Is illegal immigation linked to more or less crime?

President Donald Trump said it’s “not true” that immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “safer than the people that live in the country,” providing several crime statistics he claimed represented the “toll of illegal immigration.” Sen. Bernie Sanders made the opposite claim, saying: “I understand that the crime rate among undocumented people is actually lower than the general population.”... Read more»

House rejects immigration bill that included pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, border wall funding

As expected, Republicans were unable to reconcile differences within their party to move a major immigration bill through the U.S. House on Wednesday. Rep. Martha McSally voted for the measure; Rep. Raul Grijalva voted no as it failed 121-301.... Read more»

CBP chief looks to X-ray all vehicles at Nogales border crossing

Officials are planning to expand the use of X-ray machines to scan all cars and trucks passing through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. ... Read more»

Immigration

First 'zero tolerance' case to go to trial didn't go well for gov't

Since the surge of illegal entry misdemeanor cases began flooding federal courts, hardly any have gone to trial. The first in San Diego that did was ultimately dismissed. Before prosecutors moved to toss the case, tapes revealed the defendant was detained without being briefed on his rights for much longer than a Border Patrol agent had testified.... Read more»

Victims’ families take plea for stringent border laws to White House

Critics of the policy of separating families at the border called it the equivalent of “psychological torture,” and even President Trump said he did not like it as he ordered the policy reversed this week. But the “Angel Families” who went to the White House on Friday said separation is a small price to pay for border security. ... Read more»

5 things Trump gets most wrong about MS-13

The gang is not invading the country. They’re not posing as fake families. They’re not growing. To stop them, the government needs to understand them.... Read more»

For 6-year-old snared in immigration maze, memorized phone number proves a lifeline

As the U.S. attempts to reunite migrant families separated by the "zero tolerance" crackdown, children bear the burden of helping to identify who and where their parents are. For one young Salvadoran girl in an Arizona shelter, a memorized phone number was a lifeline.... Read more»

Analysis

Behind the criminal immigration law: Eugenics and white supremacy

The history of the statute that can make it a felony to illegally enter the country involves some dark corners of U.S. history.... Read more»

Trump ends family separations, maintains ‘zero tolerance’ policy

Trump's order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be referred for prosecution or held while their asylum claims are assessed. But for now they will no longer have their children taken away from them – families will instead be held together in custody.... Read more»

Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims

President Trump's zero tolerance policy is creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs.... Read more»

Trump reverses course, signs executive order to stop separating families at border

After days of outcry, President Donald Trump is backing off of a contentious new "zero tolerance" policy that separated more than 2,300 immigrant children from their parents who crossed the border illegally.... Read more»

Puente Arizona speaks out against separation of families at border

Demonstrators in Phoenix decried the Trump administration's new policy of separating more migrant children from their families.... Read more»

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