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At The Border, Migrant Crisis Tests Whether Politicians Can Translate Compassion Into Action

Outside a sterile City Hall fringed by the town’s historical artifacts, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling walks at a brisk pace with his communications director leading five paces ahead of him. His face is marked with worry as it had been for just about every day for the past two months, if not longer. Darling had just come out from a roundtable discussion with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and border town mayors, and he looked concerned. Read more >

Borderland Deaths of Migrants Quietly Reach Crisis Numbers

The sun-bleached bones of a human skeleton lay in disarray: the skull rolled on its crown, an S-curved spinal column about two feet away. Leg bones were in a haphazard pile. There were personal items too - a wallet, pair of walking shoes and a dirt-caked T-shirt. Read more >

U.S. is Locking up Pregnant Moms Despite Policy Against it

Fusion has learned that at least 559 pregnant women were detained in just six Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities since 2012, despite a policy prohibiting such detentions except for in cases of "extraordinary circumstances." Read more >

Update: Border Crisis, Criminalization, Uniting Haitian Families

Both Administrative and congressional action on the "border crisis" is looming, with Congress headed for its month-long summer break at the end of next week. Obama is meeting today with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and he will reportedly urge them to step up their "public relations campaign" to deter people from leaving their homelands -- not exactly the policy response we think the U.S. Read more >

Why the Border Crisis Is a Myth

TO hear the national news media tell the story, you would think my city, El Paso, and others along the Texas-Mexico border were being overrun by children — tens of thousands of them, some with their mothers, arriving from Central America in recent months, exploiting an immigration loophole to avoid deportation and putting a fatal strain on border state resources. Read more >

White House Pursuing Plan to Expand Immigrant Rights

Even as President Obama grapples with the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border, White House officials are laying the groundwork for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks.

Officials signaled strongly Friday that Obama's move would shield from deportation large numbers of immigrants living in the country illegally, as advocacy groups have demanded. Read more >

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