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Lawmakers praise staff at Tucson shelter for migrant kids, question reunification process

More than a dozen state legislators toured the Southwest Key shelter in Tucson, where nearly 300 children are staying as part of an contract with Health and Human Services, including 73 kids who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. ... Read more»

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Grijalva decries secrecy after 'gut-wrenching' tour of Tucson center for detained migrant kids

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he reiterated disapproval of the policies that have dozens of migrant children locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5.... Read more»

6-year-old heard on border facility audiotape still separated from her mother

Jimena Madrid riveted people around the world when her voice was captured on an audiotape after she was separated from her mother inside a Border Patrol detention facility. Three weeks later, reunification remains uncertain. “She says over and over, ‘Mommy, I want to be with you.’”... Read more»

Grijalva to tour Tucson facility for detained immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva will tour a Tucson facility Friday where migrant children are detained, either because they came to the U.S.. without parents or guardians, or they were taken from their parents as part of the "zero tolerance" policy implemented by the Trump administration. ... Read more»

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»

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»

Factcheck Q&A: Detaining children at the border

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. "Are there really children being separated from their parents at the border and being kept in cages?" one asked.... Read more»

Nearly 2,000 kids separated from parents in six-week period

Trump administration officials have separated 1,995 minors from parents or guardians in a six week period, a Department of Homeland Security official said Friday. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Rothschild: Separating kids from families at border 'morally reprehensible'

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined the leaders of L.A., Houston and Albuquerque on Thursday in calling on the Trump administration to halt separating children from parents who are illegal immigrants and migrants seeking asylum. The mayors called the policy "flawed ... cruel" and "morally reprehensible."... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to end 'lawlessness' along border

On her second trip to Arizona, Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen once again said the border was in "crisis" and Trump administration officials are taking steps to "end lawlessness." She visited Nogales with Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Guest opinion

What Martha McSally won't tell us about her border bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally showed last week how little she understands our southern border — and how well she understands her political campaign. She evidently hopes her hardline tack on immigration will make her look tough as she prepares for an uphill Senate primary.... Read more»

DHS secretary, McSally to tour border in Nogales

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will return to Arizona to tour the state's border with Mexico on Thursday, visiting several sites, including the border crossing in downtown Nogales. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, running in the Republican senatorial primary, will join her. ... Read more»

Trump blames own border policy on Democrats

“We have to break up families,” Trump claimed, because of “bad laws that the Democrats gave us.” But there is no such law. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

McSally: Asylum seekers 'enrich cartels'; vulnerable to MS-13 recruitment

Citing the same U.S. gang repeatedly referred to by the Trump administration, Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday that "loopholes" in vetting asylum seekers must be ended, as the "daily border caravan" of migrants "enriches the cartel."... Read more»

ACLU: Migrant kids accused Border Patrol of 'shocking' physical, sexual & mental abuse

Thousands of documents show unaccompanied minors reported physical, mental and sexual abuse while they were detained by Customs and Border Protection, yet there's little evidence that officials meaningfully investigated such claims, civil rights advocates say. ... Read more»

Trump deploying troops to border, but crossings at historic lows

Homeland Security said a surge of apprehensions at the border justifies President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard units, but critics of the plan argue that despite the increase, overall crossings are at historic lows.... Read more»

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