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12 Jul 2018 | 8:00 AM

Tech issues plague US web portal tracking separated children

In late June, attorney Sebastian Harley tried to log into a US government web portal to check on a Guatemalan child who had been separated from his parent at the border. He got an error message saying there were too many users.

Immigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas. From the moment it went online in January of 2014, the computer system designed to track unaccompanied immigrant children and process their release has created headaches for the shelter staff, government employees and others who use it, according to interviews with a dozen current and former users, government reports, and congressional testimony. — Reuters
7 Jul 2018 | 7:19 PM

U.S. using DNA testing in effort to reunite families it separated

(Reuters) - The U.S. government, under court order to quickly reunify parents and children who were separated after crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico, has expanded its use of DNA tests to establish paternity in immigration matters.

22 Jun 2018 | 10:21 PM

Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May.

22 Jun 2018 | 7:01 AM

Where are the beds? Questions surround Trump's plan to hold families in detention

(Reuters) - One child stopped eating and fell into a depression. Another who could previously walk on his own now asks his mother to carry him everywhere. A third child started biting other children.

13 Jun 2018 | 6:26 AM

Thousands of U.S. asylum claims in doubt after Sessions' decision

(Reuters) - New limitations on asylum imposed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could invalidate tens of thousands of pending claims brought by women, children and men fleeing violence in their home countries, according to immigration attorneys.

9 Jun 2018 | 7:51 AM

Lawyers, workers question putting immigration detainees in U.S. prisons

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration's transfer of hundreds of detained immigrants into five U.S. prisons puts the detainees and prison staffers at risk, said prison workers and immigration lawyers on Friday.

8 Jun 2018 | 9:57 AM

Exclusive - U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters on Thursday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people entering the country illegally.

15 May 2017 | 7:21 PM

Trump reassures farmers immigration crackdown not aimed at their workers

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him.

12 Apr 2017 | 6:51 AM

U.S. judges pulled from Mexico border as crossings by women, children fall

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two U.S. immigration judges recently sent to the Mexico border to process asylum requests from migrant women and children are being recalled as they have so few cases to hear, according to two people familiar with the matter.

16 Feb 2017 | 7:14 AM

U.S. says arrest of Mexican immigrant part of existing policy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. immigration authorities on Wednesday said the arrest of a Mexican man who had permission to work in the country was consistent with a years-long policy to target threats to public safety.