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Lawsuit alleges improper medication of migrant children in federal shelters

After crossing into the U.S. last year to join her mother in Houston, a 16-year-old Honduran girl was placed at a shelter for immigrants where, she said, she was given drugs for anxiety and depression. The medication, she said, “makes me feel dizzy and sometimes makes it hard to concentrate…. Sometimes...

  • Critics blast Trump administration for sending border detainees to prison

    Critics blast Trump administration for sending border detainees to prison

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and a roster of fellow Democratic politicians on Saturday decried the federal government's decision to separate young children of asylum seekers taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border from their parents indefinitely. The administration is sending more than 1,600...

  • Honduran migrant who was separated from family is found dead in Texas jail in an apparent suicide

    Honduran migrant who was separated from family is found dead in Texas jail in an apparent suicide

    A Honduran migrant separated from his wife and child under the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy was found dead in his Texas jail cell last month, officials said. Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, crossed into the U.S. from Mexico with his wife and 3-year-old son on May 12 near Granjeno,...

  • The latest migrant tool of resistance on the border? A video app

    The latest migrant tool of resistance on the border? A video app

    Filming police with cellphones or body cameras became so common after high-profile shootings of black men in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and Chicago that there’s a word for it: “copwatching.” But the practice never spread to the U.S.-Mexico border — until now. One evening last month, a dozen immigrants...

  • Border Patrol union calls Trump's National Guard deployment 'colossal waste'

    Border Patrol union calls Trump's National Guard deployment 'colossal waste'

    A month after President Trump called for sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the head of the national Border Patrol union called the deployment “a colossal waste of resources.” “We have seen no benefit,” said Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents 15,000 agents,...

  • Today: Border Patrol’s Changing of the Guard

    Today: Border Patrol’s Changing of the Guard

    More and more Latinos are answering the call of the Border Patrol. TOP STORIES Border Patrol’s Changing of the Guard When the Border Patrol was established in 1924, Latinos were a tiny minority. At last count, they make up a little more than 50% of the force. And with President Trump calling for...

  • Lawsuit launched against Los Alamitos' anti-sanctuary law

    Lawsuit launched against Los Alamitos' anti-sanctuary law

    A small Orange County city at the center of the anti-sanctuary movement in California has been sued for enacting an ordinance that exempts it from the state’s sanctuary laws, which were designed to protect immigrants in the country illegally. On Wednesday, a Los Alamitos pastor, an attorney who...

  • Kern County prosecutors won't charge ICE agents involved in crash that killed 2 farmworkers

    Kern County prosecutors won't charge ICE agents involved in crash that killed 2 farmworkers

    Kern County prosecutors on Wednesday said they will not file criminal charges against federal immigration agents involved in a crash that killed two farmworkers trying to flee from the agents. Delano police had asked the district attorney’s office to determine whether the two agents, Ramiro Sanchez...

  • San Diego County becomes the latest to fight California sanctuary state laws

    San Diego County becomes the latest to fight California sanctuary state laws

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California over so-called sanctuary laws that the state passed last year to limit its role in immigration enforcement. The county will file an amicus brief at the first available opportunity,...

  • Gorsuch casts key Supreme Court vote to spare California immigrant from deportation

    Gorsuch casts key Supreme Court vote to spare California immigrant from deportation

    With Justice Neil M. Gorsuch casting the deciding vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday spared a California immigrant from deportation because his conviction for home burglary was not the kind of “aggravated felony” that would require removing him from the country. The decision narrows one provision...

  • Los Alamitos gives final approval to exempt itself from state's 'sanctuary' laws

    Los Alamitos gives final approval to exempt itself from state's 'sanctuary' laws

    The American flags, cumbia music and empty pizza boxes in front of Los Alamitos City Hall earlier this week might have suggested a rowdy festival. But the scene was miles away from anything feel-good. Inside and outside of the council chambers, protesters accused each other of harassment and hurled...

  • Towers and cameras, not a wall, keep migrants from crossing the border into Arizona

    Towers and cameras, not a wall, keep migrants from crossing the border into Arizona

    In the high desert east of this border town, the rolling hills topped with mesquite and paloverde trees are a picture of rugged desolation. But there are flashes of movement: Darting between bushes are five migrants who just crossed into Arizona, not far from a road where they could hop into a...

  • Money for police cannot be pegged to cooperation with ICE, judge rules

    Money for police cannot be pegged to cooperation with ICE, judge rules

    The U.S. Department of Justice cannot favor police departments that are willing to cooperate with immigration agents when it doles out tens of millions of dollars in funding each year, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled this week. U.S. District Judge Manuel Real issued a permanent, nationwide...

  • Newport Beach is latest O.C. city to consider opposing 'sanctuary state' law

    Newport Beach is latest O.C. city to consider opposing 'sanctuary state' law

    It started in the small town of Los Alamitos, which ignited the resistance to California’s so-called sanctuary state law in March with a council vote to exempt the city from Senate Bill 54. The Orange County Board of Supervisors, which voted to join the federal lawsuit; the city of Huntington Beach,...

  • Mattis authorizes up to 4,000 National Guard troops for U.S. border with Mexico

    Mattis authorizes up to 4,000 National Guard troops for U.S. border with Mexico

    Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border but barred them from interacting with migrants detained by the Border Patrol in most circumstances. The order, issued in response to President Trump’s call for using troops...

  • Immigrant caravan from Central America, target of Trump's ire, pauses its northward trek in Mexico

    Immigrant caravan from Central America, target of Trump's ire, pauses its northward trek in Mexico

    A caravan of Central American immigrants that has been the target of President Trump’s ire has halted its northward march through Mexico in order to negotiate with immigration authorities over key questions: Can some stay in Mexico, and can others continue their trek to the United States? At a...

  • More cities join fight against California sanctuary state law

    More cities join fight against California sanctuary state law

    Huntington Beach plans to file a lawsuit against California and the state attorney general to challenge the legality of state mandates that expand protections for undocumented immigrants. Huntington Beach joined a group of other Orange County cities — as well as the Board of Supervisors — in fighting...

  • Unitarian church votes to become sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation

    The First Unitarian Universalist Church, which has campuses in Hillcrest and Chula Vista, has voted to become a sanctuary for immigrants who are trying to fight their deportation cases in court. The decision came after a yearlong investigation by the church board, concerned about ramped-up enforcement...

  • Today: Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California

    Today: Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California

    Once again, the Trump administration has put “out of control” California in its sights. TOP STORIES Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California The “Trump administration versus California” battle has many fronts: immigration, oil drilling, civil rights. On Monday, two of the state’s environmental...

  • Trump administration, seeking to speed deportations, plans to impose quotas on immigration judges

    Trump administration, seeking to speed deportations, plans to impose quotas on immigration judges

    The Trump administration will pressure U.S. immigration judges to process cases faster by establishing a quota system tied to their annual performance reviews, according to new Justice Department directives. The judges will be expected to clear at least 700 cases a year to receive a "satisfactory"...

  • Trump's angry tweets about Mexico? More fiction than fact

    Trump's angry tweets about Mexico? More fiction than fact

    President Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets Sunday and Monday attacking Mexico on several fronts, including immigration and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump tweeted on those topics seven times, complaining about a “massive inflow of drugs and people” at the border and claiming Mexico...

  • Today: Should This Presidential Monument Come Down?

    Today: Should This Presidential Monument Come Down?

    First, it was Confederate monuments. Now, statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S. TOP STORIES Should This Presidential Monument Come Down? Since 1906, a bronze statue of President William McKinley has stood in the central plaza of Arcata, Calif. Tribal activists...

  • In Easter Sunday tirade, a frustrated Trump suggests he will make no deal to help Dreamers

    In Easter Sunday tirade, a frustrated Trump suggests he will make no deal to help Dreamers

    President Trump on Easter Sunday appeared to rule out efforts to revive deportation protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children, tweeting “NO MORE DACA DEAL!” The president issued a series of combative statements on Twitter,...

  • ICE more likely to detain pregnant women with immigration cases under new policy

    ICE more likely to detain pregnant women with immigration cases under new policy

    Pregnant women who have cases in immigration court are more likely to be detained following a policy change announced Thursday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Under the old policy, unless there were extraordinary circumstances or a mandatory detention requirement, pregnant women would generally...

  • Trump finally finds a part of California he likes — Orange County — even as it grows bluer

    Trump finally finds a part of California he likes — Orange County — even as it grows bluer

    President Trump appears to have finally found a part of California he likes — Orange County. Trump has famously tweeted his anger at California, which has emerged as his political nemesis on issues such as climate change and illegal immigration. But Orange County in recent weeks has pushed back...

  • Huntington Beach is the latest to take on California's 'sanctuary city' laws

    Huntington Beach is the latest to take on California's 'sanctuary city' laws

    Two Huntington Beach city councilmen said they want to follow the lead of Los Alamitos and other cities in an effort to "seek relief" from state mandates that expand protections for undocumented immigrants. Mayor Mike Posey said in a statement that he and Councilman Erik Peterson want Surf City...

  • Today: The Resistance to the ‘Resistance’ Is Here

    Today: The Resistance to the ‘Resistance’ Is Here

    Orange County voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but its reputation as a bastion of conservatism hasn’t entirely disappeared. TOP STORIES The Resistance to the ‘Resistance’ Is Here Remember all that talk about Orange County turning from red to blue? It’s actually more purple, and the area’s conservative...

  • Orange County supervisors vote to fight California 'sanctuary' laws

    Orange County supervisors vote to fight California 'sanctuary' laws

    The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to move against the state's "sanctuary" laws, adding a powerful voice to a growing backlash in some conservative parts of California to the state’s pro-immigrant policies. The board voted 4 to 0 to join a federal lawsuit against California’s...

  • Orange County may take stand against state's 'sanctuary' laws

    Orange County may take stand against state's 'sanctuary' laws

    Just more than a week after tiny Los Alamitos voted to defy California’s law protecting immigrants in the country illegally, Orange County is poised to become a counterpoint against the state’s resistance to the Trump administration’s policies. On Tuesday, Orange County supervisors may consider...

  • Afghan war veteran deported to Mexico and left 'homeless and penniless,' his family says

    Afghan war veteran deported to Mexico and left 'homeless and penniless,' his family says

    Ending a 16-month quest to stay in a country where he was raised and that he fought to defend, Miguel Perez Jr., an Army veteran with a green card and a felony drug conviction, has been deported to Mexico, where he has not lived since childhood. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed...

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