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Lawsuit seeks to block Trump asylum ban, saying it violates federal law

Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Friday to block the Trump administration's plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, arguing that the White House is violating federal law. ... Read more»

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Trump administration seeks to restrict asylum claims

Immigration officials plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, newly installed acting Attorney General Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced Thursday.... Read more»

Leaked CBP memo: U.S. 'well-prepared' for caravan traveling through Mexico

While the White House fulminates against the possibility that a "caravan" of people traveling on foot more than 900 miles from the border could seek asylum in the United States, the head of Customs and Border Protection said in an internal memo that border officials are already "well-prepared" to deal with the exodus of parents and children from three Central American countries.... Read more»

Kyl challenges DHS over releases of migrant familes

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen had no answers for communities and overloaded non-profits helping families released from federal detention. ... Read more»

Sudden release of migrant families may spark new family separation program

The Trump administration appears to be building the case for a new family separation policy just days after immigration officials in Arizona suddenly released hundreds of immigrant families, forgoing coordination and travel plans, and forcing advocates to scramble for help.... Read more»

Immigration, border agencies defend handling of family separations

Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies’ handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel that Border Patrol agents don’t leave their “humanity behind when we report for duty.”... Read more»

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»

Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... 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»

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»

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»

30 parents & their kids protest family separation at McSally's office

About 30 parents and their children held a "play-date" at Rep. Martha McSally's office in Tucson to protest the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents as part of a new "zero tolerance" policy along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... 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»

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»

Prior Guard deployments to border got lukewarm reviews by auditors

A GAO audit after National Guard deployments ordered by Presidents Bush and Obama said that while they did have some success in combating illegal border activity, the operations had numerous problems and were inefficient.... Read more»

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