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‘These are Just Like…my Children’

‘These are Just Like…my Children’

DALLAS (AP) — As unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border. The outreach offers stand in sharp contrast to other places around the country, [...]
Migrants Arriving: Why Do People Come to America?ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP) — Five years ago Gladys Chinoy’s mother left Guatemala for New York City, where she went to work in a restaurant and saved money for the day when she could bring her daughter north. In June, convinced U.S. authorities were allowing unaccompanied children to stay in the country once they made it [...]
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United Nations: Central American Migrants are RefugeesSAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with [...]
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Los Angeles Police to Stop Holding Immigrants for U.S.  The Los Angeles Police Department, one of the largest forces in the country, will no longer participate in a program in which an officer detains an immigrant for possible follow-up and deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Monday.  Los Angeles police will only hold an immigrant if [...]
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U.S. Court: Young Immigrants in Ariz. Can Receive LicensesPHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya is one of nearly 19,000 young immigrants in Arizona who has been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration’s deferred action policy, but the benefits of the program in the state have been limited. As Montoya applies for teaching jobs, she considers herself competitively disadvantaged because Arizona [...]
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Groups Speak Up, Obama Delays Fast Return of MigrantsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border, following criticism that the administration’s planned changes were too harsh. Instead when Obama formally asks Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency spending Tuesday to deal [...]
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Straining Resources? A July 4th Clash Over MigrantsMURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try again to bus in some of the immigrants who have arrived across the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, they got dueling anti- and pro-immigration rallies Friday. The crowd of 200 outside the station [...]
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Calif. Group Waving U.S. Flags Blocks Buses With MigrantsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center. The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer [...]
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Lack of Immigration Reform Comes Under Intense ScrutinyWASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency. Obama said he will refocus immigration enforcement onto [...]
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Unaccompanied Kids at Border: ‘Nuisance’ or Blessing?On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the United States. Because I had some time before we were supposed to [...]
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