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Immigration groups allege abuse of migrant minors by US border patrol

An alliance of immigration and civil rights organisations have filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on behalf of more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children, some as young as five, alleging abuse by US Customs and Border Protection, in a document which they say reflects a “humanitarian crisis” at the border. Read more >

Private U.S. prisons for immigrants rife with abuses: report

Private prisons holding more than 25,000 people who violated U.S. immigration laws are cutting corners to generate profits and subjecting inmates to systematic abuse, a report released on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union said. Read more >

Dear Tea Party, Illegal Immigrants Benefit Our Nation. Blocking Reform Hurts Everyone.

Dave Brat, the man who just defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is a Tea Party Republican and an economics professor. Brat, claiming that, "God acted through people on my behalf," apparently believes that God doesn't want immigration reform. Read more >

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Cantor Loss Upends Republicans, Dims Immigration Bill

Note: The latest news report is that Eric Cantor will resign his post as House Majority Leader effective July 31

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic loss in yesterday’s Virginia primary sent shock waves through the Republican Party, creating an opening for a Tea Party-backed candidate to vie for a leadership post and likely cementing Washington gridlock for years. Read more >

Border protection internal affairs chief fired amid abuse claims

U.S. Customs and Border Protection removed its head of internal affairs on Monday and called for a review of procedures involving the use of force following a wave of shooting deaths of unarmed civilians and hundreds of complaints of abuse by armed agents. Read more >

After Shootings, Extended Silence: What The Border Patrol Hasn't Said

The U.S. Border Patrol is becoming more transparent, according to the commissioner who oversees it. 

Still, there is much the agency has yet to disclose.

The agency has repeatedly used deadly force along the U.S.-Mexico border while providing little or no information about what happened or why. What follows are the stories of four notable killings that have raised unanswered questions between 2010 and 2014.

Morning Edition followed some of these stories — both reporting our series in March and since it aired. Read more >

Court: Children over 21 Go to Back of Visa Line

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that immigrant children who waited for years with their parents to obtain visas still have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21.

In a 5-4 decision, the justices sided with the Obama administration in finding that immigration laws offer relief only to a tiny percentage of children who "age out" of the system. The majority no longer qualify for the immigration status granted to minors. Read more >

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No Water, No Toilet Paper, No Tampons: How the US Treats Border Detainees

Alba Quiñones Flores started her period the first week that she was in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection. Every morning, a guard delivered sanitary napkins to her cell of 20 women—but only four or five pads for all of them. Quiñones couldn't scramble to the door fast enough to claim one. She'd injured her ankle crossing the Mexican border before CBP picked her up near Falfurrias, Texas, and she still hadn't received first aid. Read more >

Napa corrections office to limit immigration help with feds

Howard Bailey joined the U.S. Navy straight out of high school in Brooklyn figuring he would see the world. He didn't expect to end up back in his native Jamaica, raising pigs and barely getting by in the poor village of his childhood.

The 43-year-old father of two was deported in May 2012 from the U.S. to his Caribbean homeland because he was convicted of a marijuana-related felony drug charge in 1997 — despite the four years he served in the Navy, including a few months on a supply ship during the first Gulf War. Read more >

Obama calls spike in children crossing border 'urgent' situation

President Barack Obama on Monday called the spike in children and teenagers caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone in recent months an "urgent humanitarian situation," bringing in FEMA to coordinate federal efforts to provide their housing, transportation and medical care. Read more >

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