A center for unaccompanied immigrant minors is up and running in West Texas, just one day after federal officials announced the location, state Rep. César Blanco confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Friday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Thursday it has selected Tornillo as a site to house immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
Maria Vandelice de Bastos hasn't seen her grandson for 10 months, since they crossed into New Mexico at a port of entry seeking asylum, according to her attorney. Her grandson has severe epilepsy and autism.
In a severe blow to moderates’ hopes of forcing action on an issue that has long bedeviled the GOP, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers fell two signatures short of completing a petition that would set up debate on legislation to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering several Texas military bases as sites for tent cities to house thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents, per McClatchy.
“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence ... cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled Monday.
The U.S. Justice Department said late Friday it agrees the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be terminated. That court filing came after Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit last month to end the 2012 program.
The number of family units who were apprehended or turned themselves in to border agents on the southwest border during the current fiscal year dipped slightly. But the number of families caught entering the country illegally at the southwest border last month increased sixfold compared with the same month in 2017.
The two Texas border Democrats initially withheld their support from a bipartisan effort to force a vote on major immigration legislation. Another Texan, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, remains the lone holdout among House Democrats.
They can see the country they once served from a park in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. But a number of men who once wore a military uniform are barred from coming back after being deported to their native country.