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Health care challenges for detained immigrant families

The White House’s plan to indefinitely detain immigrant families together threatens the care of young children, experts worry, by placing them with an agency with little experience in handling such complex needs.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for slain Capital Gazette journalists

U.S. flags have been ordered flown at half-staff through sunset on Tuesday to honor the journalists killed last week in Maryland, after the Trump administration first denied a request for such a proclamation.... Read more»

Judge blocks ICE from indiscriminate detention of asylum seekers

A federal judge blocked Homeland Security from systematically holding asylum seekers in detention even after they showed credible evidence they are fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries.... Read more»

Top ICE agents seek to split agency, separate investigations from deportations

Agents heading field offices for Homeland Security Investigations, a part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have asked to be split from the part of the agency that focuses on detaining and deporting immigrants. ... 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»

What the Devil won't tell you

How Arizonans may foot bill for Trump's suicidal trade war

If Trump's trade war goes much longer, a canceled construction project won't be the last Tucson casualty. Either Donald J. Trump is right and all of our Econ professors are wrong, or the Republican president is ignorantly tempting an economic storm — one that he thinks is a hoax.... Read more»

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»

Millennial buyers face tough housing market

Millennials are hitting the market at a difficult time, with rising prices and few houses to buy as the housing industry has shifted to building more downtown rentals. Some people seeking to buy houses have been discouraged and have postponed the step, just as many have had to put off moving out of parents’ houses, forming couples and having children as they tried to build careers delayed by the recession. ... 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»

CarPlay, Android less distracting than built-in auto infotainment, still not safe

Automakers have packed many of their new models with distracting infotainment features that allow drivers not only to play music and get directions, but to talk, text and use social media while tooling down the road. Now new research has found that two popular smartphone-based systems –Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto – are somewhat simpler and safer to use than the built-in electronics.... 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»

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»

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