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Complaint: Detaining Immigrant Families Causes Trauma

Complaint: Detaining Immigrant Families Causes Trauma

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint asks for the agency’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to investigate 10 [...]
Is Texas Building Its Own Border Security Force?MCALLEN, Texas (AP) €— When former Gov. Rick Perry ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, Texas bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande. That was a [...]
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Detention of Migrant Kids Violates Ruling, Report SaysSAN ANTONIO (AP) — After tens of thousands of migrant families, most from Central America, crossed the Rio Grande into Texas last summer, the government poured millions of dollars into two large detention centers meant to hold women and children — and keep more from coming. But as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement expands the centers [...]
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Let’s End the Detention of Migrant FamiliesStaff members of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the U.S. government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas. The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United [...]
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Ariz. Immigration Law Backed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio EndsPHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation’s highest court [...]
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Poor Families in Ariz. Are Now Limited to 1 Year of BenefitsPHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months. As a result, the Arizona Department of Economic Security will drop at least [...]
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Will Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Actions Have Any Cost?PHOENIX (AP) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio has remained politically invincible in his 22 years in office in Arizona, despite federal investigations and a history of legal woes that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. But his latest entanglement in the courts is his toughest test yet after he acknowledged last week to a [...]
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Ariz. Sheriff Says Wife of U.S. Judge Was InvestigatedPHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dropped a bombshell in court Thursday, acknowledging his former lawyer had hired a private investigator to look into the wife of the federal judge presiding over a racial profiling lawsuit against the sheriff. The federal hearing took the strange turn after Arpaio finished his testimony and Judge Murray [...]
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A Reflection on SB 1070, the Arizona Immigration LawApril 23, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the enactment of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 – the controversial immigration law commonly known as SB 1070.  For many immigrants in Arizona and civil rights activists throughout the country, the law was viewed as a form of repression. Among its provisions, it required immigrants to carry identification [...]
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Why We Need to Stop the Foreclosure BulldozerAt Albuquerque’s United South Broadway Corporation (USBC), a community development agency, we have 20 years of experience in helping prevent foreclosure by empowering low- and moderate-income homeowners to advocate for their interests with lenders and legislators. When Rose Ann Vasquez first contacted us, she had been fighting to save her house for more than a [...]
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