Kristina Cooke

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12 Jun 2019 | 8:00 PM

Exclusive: Asylum seekers returned to Mexico rarely win bids to wait in U.S

(Reuters) - Over two hours on June 1, a Honduran teenager named Tania pleaded with a U.S. official not to be returned to Mexico.

11 Jun 2019 | 4:45 AM

Trump administration moves to release migrant children faster from U.S. custody

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration is again changing the way it vets people who want to sponsor minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone in an effort to speed up the release of thousands of migrant children currently in U.S. custody.

1 Jun 2019 | 4:23 AM

Government watchdog finds 'dangerous overcrowding' at U.S. border facility

(Reuters) - The internal watchdog for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has urged officials to take immediate steps to alleviate "dangerous overcrowding" after it found some adult detainees being held in "standing-room-only conditions" for days or weeks at a border patrol facility in Texas.

31 May 2019 | 6:08 PM

Asylum seekers say U.S. officials returned them to Mexico but kept their IDs

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Virginia, an 18-year-old from Guatemala who is seeking asylum in the United States, had just one form of identification on her long journey north: her birth certificate.

5 May 2019 | 4:31 AM

Exclusive: New training document for asylum screenings reflects tougher U.S. stance

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration has revised training guidelines for asylum officers in ways that could make it harder for migrants seeking refuge in the United States to pass an initial screening.

3 May 2019 | 9:43 AM

Rights groups sue over U.S. decision to hold asylum seekers without bond

(Reuters) - Immigrant rights groups asked a U.S. court on Thursday to reverse a Trump administration decision that allows asylum seekers who cross the border illegally to be held without bond.

17 Apr 2019 | 10:28 AM

Trump attorney general's ruling expands indefinite detention for asylum seekers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard.

10 Mar 2019 | 8:33 PM

More than 2,000 migrants quarantined in U.S. detention centres due to disease outbreaks

(Reuters) - Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he'd found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.

22 Feb 2019 | 11:19 AM

U.S. judge weighs expanding lawsuit over family separations to cover more children

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday appeared open to ordering the government to find potentially thousands of additional children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration, which could greatly expand the scope of a lawsuit challenging the separations.

14 Feb 2019 | 11:24 PM

First stop for migrant kids: For-profit detention centre

HOMESTEAD, Fla., SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Reuters) - For a growing number of migrant children, this is their first home in America: a sprawling campus dotted with beige buildings, massive white tents and metal trailers, next door to a U.S. Air Force base.