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Why can’t immigrant teens be with sponsors, foster families? Attorneys push for changes

by Suzanne Gamboa   on May 3, 2019   in nbc-news   publication:

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas attorney, who secured the release of an immigrant boy from federal custody, now hopes to use that victory to remove teenage migrants without family in the United States from government shelters to

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Trump admin expands collecting biometric data from migrants, raising concerns from advocates

by Daniella Silva   on May 1, 2019   in nbc-news   publication:

The Department of Homeland Security has stepped up its collection of biometric data from migrant families to include a DNA testing pilot program and the fingerprinting of children under the age of 14. The Trump

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From Accountability to Medical Care, Critics Cry for Serious Reform of Border Agency

by Suzanne Gamboa and Daniella Silva   on December 23, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

LORDSBURG, New Mexico — Lawmakers came to the border looking for answers for why a young girl died while in Border Patrol custody. But it isn’t the first time answers have been demanded of Customs

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New Trump admin order for separated parents: Leave U.S. with kids or without them

by Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff   on July 3, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

WASHINGTON — After a court order to reunite more than 2,000 migrant children who were separated from their parents in May and June, the Trump administration has instructed immigration agents to give those parents two options: leave

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Trump ended family separations, but he’s still making life difficult for migrant children

by Daniella Silva   on June 22, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

“Each one seems small, but when you really take a step back, you really see it as a systematic attack against these kids,” an immigration advocate said. President Donald Trump may have ended the separation

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New U.S. rule will make it harder for immigrant children to reunite with families, advocates fear

by Daniella Silva   on June 6, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

Josselin Contreras and two of her younger brothers were lost and thirsty, wandering alone on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, when Customs and Border Patrol officers caught them in the summer of 2014.

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Surge In Migrant Children At Government Shelters As Trump Admin Pushes ‘Zero Tolerance’

by Daniella Silva   on May 30, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

Nearly 11,000 migrant children are in government custody without their parents, according to federal health officials — a 22 percent increase from April as the Trump administration has ramped up prosecution of parents who cross

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Advocates Walk Out of Hearing to Protest Plan to Separate Migrant Families

by Daniella Silva   on May 8, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

A group of mothers, carrying their children, on Tuesday denounced the Trump administration’s plan to separate families who enter the United States illegally, walking out of a hearing in Washington where the homeland security secretary

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Fact check: Trump’s misleading claims about ‘catch and release’

by Jane C. Timm   on May 2, 2018   in nbc-news   publication:

President Donald Trump and his administration have spent weeks claiming that the Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. use an immigration policy called “catch and release” to infiltrate the country. Trump has likened

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Sexual, Gender Violence Driving Central American Youths to Flee Their Countries

by Suzanne Gamboa   on May 5, 2017   in nbc-news   publication:

Sexual and gender-based violence by gangs, particularly against girls, has been a major driver of Central American youths from the region, a group that protects immigrant children reported Thursday. Gang members are using rape, kidnapping,

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