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Homeland Security to test DNA of families at border in cases of suspected fraud

by Nick Miroff   on May 1, 2019   publication:

Homeland Security officials said Wednesday they will start an “unprecedented” pilot program to test the DNA of families arriving at the U.S. border as soon as next week, calling the measure an investigative tool to

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Trump says the border crisis is about criminals and gangs. His administration says it is about families and children.

by David Nakamura   on May 1, 2019   publication:

Faced with rising numbers of migrants at the southern border, President Trump has regaled supporters with increasingly apocalyptic warnings of an “invasion” populated by criminals with face tattoos who look fearsome enough to be “fighting

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Advocate Fr. Richard Ryscavage, 74, led support for world’s refugees

by Dennis Sadowski   on April 30, 2019   publication:

WASHINGTON — Jesuit Fr. Richard Ryscavage, whose research and advocacy on behalf of refugees and migrants was recognized around the world, died April 26 at age 74. His career was devoted to serving people on the

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Migrant infants have appeared as defendants in immigration court for years, despite viral claim

by Samantha Putterman   on April 26, 2019   publication:

The topic of unaccompanied toddlers appearing in immigration court drew widespread attention in 2018, after the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy, leading to thousands of children being separated from their families. Accounts of small

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KIND Statement on Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Recommendations for Children in Government Care

by KIND Press Release   on April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019— KIND rejects the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s CBP Families and Children Care Panel emergency interim report that proposes sweeping and detrimental changes to the treatment, processing, and care of children and families

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Cutting Aid to Central America Will Drive More Child Migration

by KIND Statement   on April 10, 2019

President Trump’s move to cut foreign assistance to Central America will contribute to greater violence, lawlessness, and impunity in these countries and drive even more migrants, including children, to come the United States in search

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Opinion: ‘Someone is Always Trying to Kill You’

by Sonia Nazario   on April 5, 2019   publication:

The murder of Sherill Yubissa Hernández Mancía explains why Central American women are fleeing north. Ms. Hernández was a 28-year-old agent for the Agencia Técnica de Investigación Criminal, or ATIC, Honduras’s F.B.I., the agency charged

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Trump Is Still Separating Families in Possible Violation of a Court Order

by Meredith Hoffman   on April 4, 2019   publication:

One morning last month, dozens of migrants with handcuffed wrists and ankles filled the benches of the federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas. They’d all been caught crossing the Rio Grande just days earlier and faced

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Migrant boy’s ‘discouraging trauma’ leads judge to block his transfer to fifth home

by Maria Sacchetti   on March 22, 2019   publication:

Byron Xol was riding in a van, his Pokémon figurines in tow, heading to his fifth home in 10 months. The 9-year-old Guatemalan, separated from his father last year at the border under the Trump

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Exclusive: For migrant youths claiming abuse, U.S protection can be elusive

by Mica Rosenberg   on March 7, 2019   publication:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Growing up in eastern Honduras, Jose said his father would get drunk and beat him with a horse whip and the flat side of a machete. He said he watched his

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