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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Order Requiring Release of Children in Immigration Custody

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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Order Requiring Release of Children in Immigration Custody

Priscilla Alvarez & Caroline Kelly, CNN (July 26, 2020)

Federal judge, Dolly Gee, put a halt to the Trump administration’s attempt to stop or pause the release of children from ICE custody. Gee outlined that ICE must meet one of three requirements to release children: release families together, release children to a sponsor, or release families based on a court order, and ICE was using these standards to delay the order. However, Gee also demanded children must be released in a timely manner.

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A Rare Look Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Draws Legal Threats

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Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times  (July 24, 2020)

Filmmakers, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, were granted rare access to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities where they followed stories of immigrants navigating the immigration system. The filmmakers also caught unethical tactics and behavior of ICE officials on camera. Now, their six-part documentary, “Immigration Nation,” is being met with challenges from various officials to prevent its airing before the November election.

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Nearly 75% of Detainees at US Immigration Facility in Virginia Have Coronavirus

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Nearly 75% of Detainees at US Immigration Facility in Virginia Have Coronavirus

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (July 23, 2020)

Of the 360 immigrations detained in an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Farmville, VA, 238 are confirmed to have COVID. Spikes in numbers are attributed to ICE’s attempt to decrease density in facilities by moving people around. Advocates fear ICE is not able to properly quarantine people with COVID in their facilities. Thus, ICE and its facilities are facing lawsuits.

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Despite Judge’s Order, Migrant Children Remain Detained Amid COVID Outbreak

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Despite Judge’s Order, Migrant Children Remain Detained Amid COVID Outbreak

Jacob Soboroff, CBS News (July 23, 2020)

Despite the U.S. District Judge, Dolly Gee order to release all children in ICE custody that have surpassed the length of stay outlined in the Flores settlement, 394 parents and children remain in custody. Two legal agencies have petitioned for Trump and ICE to release families together and eliminate the newfound practice of binary choice for families – let children remain in detention and run the risk of catching COVID or separating from their children while parents remain in custody.

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AP Exclusive: Migrant Kids Held in US Hotels, Then Expelled

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AP Exclusive: Migrant Kids Held in US Hotels, Then Expelled

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press (July 22, 2020)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working with a private contractor to house unaccompanied minor children in three Hampton Inn & Suites in Arizona and Texas before they are officially deported. Advocates are concerned about the welfare of the children, and ICE has referred to the company largely in charge of monitoring and caring for the children as “transportation specialists.”

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A Judge Ordered the US to Accept New DACA Applications. It’s Unclear if the Trump Administration Will

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A Judge Ordered the US to Accept New DACA Applications. It’s Unclear if the Trump Administration Will

Catherine E. Schoichet, CNN (July 21, 2020)

After the Supreme Court denied Trump’s attempt to dissolve DACA, a federal judge ordered USCIS to process applications pre-Trump’s order; meaning they must accept new DACA applications. However, some DACA applicants have received rejection notices without justification and advocates are concerned the USCIS is not complying with these updated orders.

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How the Trump Administration is Turning Legal Immigrants into Undocumented Ones

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How the Trump Administration is Turning Legal Immigrants into Undocumented Ones

Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (July 9, 2020)

In June, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ended a contract with a company that was responsible for printing legal permanent resident cards and greatly reduced the capacity of another company. Immigrants and their attorneys waiting for green cards are left in confusion over the new delays.

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Millions of U.S. Citizens Could Be Excluded under Trump Plan to Remove Unauthorized Immigrants from Census Data

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Millions of U.S. Citizens Could Be Excluded under Trump Plan to Remove Unauthorized Immigrants from Census Data

Randy Capps, Jennifer Van Hook, & Julia Gelatt, Migration Policy Institute (July 2020)

Trump recently announced a move to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 U.S. Census data. MPI predicts that nearly 20 million U.S. Citizens might be excluded from the data since no foolproof way exists to discern an undocumented immigrant from documented ones.

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U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules

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Miriam Jordan, N.Y. Times (June 26, 2020)

Judge Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered the release of all children held in all of the three family detention centers in the country by July 17th. This order comes as children have tested positive for COVID-19 and applies to children held in detention for more than 20 days.

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New Legislation Partially Addresses Immigrant Families Left Out of Previous COVID-19 Relief, Continues to Exclude Millions of Children

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New Legislation Partially Addresses Immigrant Families Left Out of Previous COVID-19 Relief, Continues to Exclude Millions of Children

CLASP (June 16, 2020)

New legislation would allow spouses of ITIN filers with Social Security Numbers to receive stimulus payments; including millions of families in economic relief initially left out in the CARES Act. However, families whose parents do not have Social Security Numbers would remain ineligible.

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Immigrant Teens Left Out When Trump Ended DACA are In Limbo After Supreme Court Ruling

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Immigrant Teens Left Out When Trump Ended DACA are In Limbo After Supreme Court Ruling

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project (June 19, 2020)

While the Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s efforts to eliminate DACA, many young people still do not know what their future might hold. The Supreme Court’s decision has no implications for allowing new participants from applying for DACA protections.

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What the Supreme Court’s Ruling Means for DACA Participants and Immigrants

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What the Supreme Court’s Ruling Means for DACA Participants and Immigrants

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (June 18, 2020)

This article outlines questions people might still have about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Trump’s administrations attempts to dismantle DACA. It covers questions pertaining to implications and next steps for DACA recipients as well as Trump’s response.

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Just 39 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Avoided Trump’s Border Expulsions in May

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Just 39 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Avoided Trump’s Border Expulsions in May

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (June 18, 2020)

Of the 1,001 children detained at the border in May, only 39 made it to the Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters while all other children were deported. This alarming trend is one of the most recent efforts by the Trump administration to limit immigration to the United States.

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The True Cost of Deportation

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The True Cost of Deportation

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project (June 18, 2020)

This article delves into stories of three immigrant families with American children. It details the harsh realities of deportation on their finances, mental health, and overall livelihood.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sweeping Changes to U.S. Asylum System in New Rule

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Trump Administration Proposes Sweeping Changes to U.S. Asylum System in New Rule

Priscilla Alvarez & Geneva Sands, CNN (June 10, 2020)

Trump proposed revisions to Asylum laws that will effectively shut down the asylum process in the U.S. Revisions include further scrutiny for applicants that have traveled through at least one country as well as not granting asylum for people that have lived in the U.S. for over a year as unauthorized immigrants.

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How Fear Spreads the Coronavirus

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How Fear Spreads the Coronavirus

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic (May 29, 2020)

This article details the rising cases of coronavirus in Chelsea, MA where it has 6 times the rate compared to the state as a whole. One community worker details her experience and points out that immigrants are dis-enrolling and refusing to access needed services during the pandemic due to fears of public charge.

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Trump Administration to Extend Border and Travel Restrictions Related to Coronavirus

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Trump Administration to Extend Border and Travel Restrictions Related to Coronavirus

Geneva Sands & Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (May 19, 2020)

The Trump administration is planning to extend border and travel restrictions initially put in place as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrant advocates worry that these restrictions are rooted in efforts to limit immigration to the U.S. as opposed to an issue of public health concern.

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Immigration Agency Seeks Bailout, Plans to Charge More for Visa Applications

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 Immigration Agency Seeks Bailout, Plans to Charge More for Visa Applications

Geneva Sands, CNN (May 18, 2020)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requesting $1.2 billion from Congress to make up for lost funds since the onset of COVID-19 limits and immigration restrictions implemented by the Trump administration between the years of 2017 and 2019. On top of that, they plan to include a 10% surcharge for all USCIS applications. This comes as the Trump administration is planning to continue immigration restrictions.

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Faced with Choice, Migrant Parents in ICE Detention Refuse to Separate from Children

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Faced with Choice, Migrant Parents in ICE Detention Refuse to Separate from Children

Julia Ainsley, NBC News (May 18, 2020)

ICE recently posed to 366 families in detention if they would rather separate from their children or remain with their children but forego Flores settlement protections, such as holding children less than 20 days in detention. All families agreed to remain with their children but felt intimidated by the question on new form from ICE.

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COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: What Parents Need to Know

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COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: What Parents Need to Know

Kelly Taylor Hayes, Fox10 Phoenix (May 18, 2020)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a link between a serious condition found in children and COVID-19.  Symptoms may include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph-nodes, swollen hands and feet, and redder than usual tongue. While the condition is rare, parents are encouraged to tell medical providers if children are experiencing any symptoms.

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The Trump Administration is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus

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The Trump Administration is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus

Lomi Kriel, ProPublic (May 18, 2020)

Since the onset of COVID-19, immigrant children – typically unaccompanied minors –  are being deported at quicker rates that normal. Children are being sent back to dangerous situations with limited opportunity to contact their attorneys before their deportation.

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The House’s Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill Gives Stimulus Payments to Unauthorized Immigrants

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The House’s Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill Gives Stimulus Payments to Unauthorized Immigrants

Family Separation is Back for Migrants at the U.S./Mexican Border, Say Advocates

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Family Separation is Back for Migrants at the U.S./Mexican Border, Say Advocates

Immigrant Customs Enforcement (ICE) is asking parents in detention to choose between keeping their children in detention with their parents along foregoing their rights under the Flores settlement or separate from their children by removing the them from detention but not the parents.

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Lawsuit Alleges CARES Act Excludes U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants

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Lawsuit Alleges CARES Act Excludes U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants

Maria Penaloza, NPR (May 5, 2020)

The Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center and an immigrant rights organization, CASA ,filed a federal class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, May 18th on behalf of U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents.

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When Can Child Care Resume?

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When Can Child Care Resume?

Emily Sohn, New York Times (May 4, 2020)

As states open up, many families are wondering when and how they might be able to resume childcare. The answer depends on a number of factors: state regulations, rate of infection in one’s area, age of potential caregivers, and access to caregivers.

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New Survey Shows Coronavirus Crisis Puts Wellbeing of Young Children and Parents at Risk

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New Survey Shows Coronavirus Crisis Puts Wellbeing of Young Children and Parents at Risk

The Children’s Partnership (April 30, 2020)

Several child advocacy organizations conducted a survey for 600 parents of children ages 0-5 throughout California. Results showed that families are forced to make concessions in terms of food and health appointments since the pandemic started. Furthermore, nearly 3 out of 4 parents are worried about their child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development and nearly all parents would like to access their child’s doctor via tele-health appointments but only 18% have the ability to do so.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Unveils Legislation to Deport All Illegal Immigrants During a Pandemic

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Unveils Legislation to Deport All Illegal Immigrants During a Pandemic

Adam Shaw, Fox News (April 29, 2020)

The Protect American Nationals During Emergencies by Mitigating the Immigration Crisis Act (PANDEMIC) was introduced on Tuesday. If passed, this act would require the government to deport undocumented immigrants in the United States when there is a communicable disease pandemic.

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Hirono, Harris, Chu, Grijalva, Correa Introduce Legislation to Provide Critical Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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Hirono, Harris, Chu, Grijalva, Correa Introduce Legislation to Provide Critical Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19

Mazie K. Hirono (April 3, 2o20)

The Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act was introduced by Hirono, Harris, Chu, Grijalva, and Correa. If passed, this act will ensure that immigrants have access to forms of relief, and it will temporarily change certain immigration policies.

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Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines

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Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines

Jorge Loweree, Immigration Impact (March 27, 2020)

On March 27, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was signed. The CARES Act will help provide aid and relief to our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it negatively impacts immigrants.

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Growing Calls To Close Immigration Courts And Release Detainees As Virus Spreads

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Growing Calls To Close Immigration Courts And Release Detainees As Virus Spreads

Joel Rose, NPR (March 21, 2020)

As the COVID-19 outbreak grows, U.S. authorities are facing more pressure by immigration advocates to close all of the nation’s immigration courts and release detained immigrants who are not a threat to the public to prevent an outbreak in facilities after an ICE detention center employee tested positive for the virus.

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Children More at Risk for Abuse and Neglect Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Experts Say

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Children More at Risk for Abuse and Neglect Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Experts Say

Suzanne Hirt, Andrea Ball, & Katie Wedell, USA Today (March 21, 2020)

Since the largest group of tipsters for suspected child abuse are educators, hundreds of thousands of at-risk children are at a higher risk of experiencing abuse and neglect due to the school closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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ICE Halts Most Arrests Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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ICE Halts Most Arrests Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Vanessa Romo, NPR (March 18, 2020)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that they would temporarily postpone arrests amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Only those who pose a threat to public safety or are subject to mandatory detention on criminal grounds will be detained.

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Children Sent to Mexico Under Trump’s Asylum Policy Face Risk of Abuse, Trauma and Sex Trafficking

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Children Sent to Mexico Under Trump’s Asylum Policy Face Risk of Abuse, Trauma and Sex Trafficking

Warren Binford & Michael Garcia Bochenek, The Dallas Morning News (March 1, 2020)

Children who have been sent to Mexico as part of the “Remain in Mexico” policy have either witnessed or experienced sexual abuse, trauma, and violence, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Speeds Process For Kinship Foster Care

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New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Speeds Process For Kinship Foster Care

Rick Nathanson, Albuquerque Journal (January 31, 2020)

New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department announced that it is updating regulations for licensing foster care providers which will allow undocumented immigrants and individuals who have criminal histories unrelated to child abuse to be licensed to serve as foster care providers.

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Concern Rises Following ICE Arrest of Mother After She Dropped Off Child at South Philly School

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Concern Rises Following ICE Arrest of Mother After She Dropped Off Child at South Philly School

Maddie Hanna, The Philadelphia Inquirer (February 18, 2020)

On Tuesday, ICE confirmed that agents had detained a woman last week after dropping off her child at school. This has sparked concern among advocates about ICE’s policy of not conducting arrests at sensitive locations.

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Trump Administration to Deploy Border Patrol Officers to Sanctuary Cities

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Trump Administration to Deploy Border Patrol Officers to Sanctuary Cities

Laura Strickler & Daniella Silva, NBC News (February 14, 2020)

The Department of Homeland Security made an announcement that the Trump administration will send 100 tactical Border Patrol officers to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities with work in 10 sanctuary cities across the country.

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Trump Admin Sues New Jersey and County in Washington Over ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

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Trump Admin Sues New Jersey and County in Washington Over ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

Adiel Kaplan & Laura Strickler, NBC News (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration is suing the state of New Jersey over a policy of limiting assistance to federal immigration authorities. They are also suing a county in the state of Washington over a local policy that prevents immigration authorities from using a county airport for deportation flights.

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U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

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U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

Amelia Cheatham, Council on Foreign Relations (February 10, 2020)

With the rise of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump Administration has expanded child detention policies and debates around how to deal with the rise of asylum seekers.

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Boy With a Fractured Skull Faces Deportation; Family was Detained After ICE Check-In

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Boy With a Fractured Skull Faces Deportation; Family was Detained After ICE Check-In

Belisa Morillo, Francisco Cuevas, & Damià Bonmatí, NBC News (February 7, 2020)

A Guatemalan family seeking asylum in the United States says that their 5-year-old son has a fractured skull and has been unable to take him to see a neurologist or neurosurgeon because ICE detained them during a routine check-in last month.

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One Year Into ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy, Migrants Confront Danger and Instability

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One Year Into ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy, Migrants Confront Danger and Instability

Daniella Silva, NBC News (January 29, 2020)

It has been one year since the implementation of the Remain in Mexico policy. Advocates state that this policy has put thousands of asylum seekers in dangerous conditions making it more difficult for them to receive protection in the U.S.

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Supreme Court Allows Trump Plan to Deny Green Cards to Those Who May Need Government Aid

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Supreme Court Allows Trump Plan to Deny Green Cards to Those Who May Need Government Aid

Pete Williams, NBC News (January 27, 2020)

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court passed an order that will allow the Trump administration to enforce new limits on immigrants who the Trump administration states will become dependent on government benefit programs.

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Supreme Court Allows Trump to Implement Income-Based Restrictions on Immigration

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Supreme Court Allows Trump to Implement Income-Based Restrictions on Immigration

Brent Kendall & Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal (January 27, 2020)

The Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to begin implementing rules that allow the government to deny limited-income immigrants residency or admission for using public-assistance programs.

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Ocasio-Cortez Rips ‘public charge’ Decision: ‘The American Dream isn’t a Private Club with a Cover Charge’

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Ocasio-Cortez Rips ‘public charge’ Decision: ‘The American Dream isn’t a Private Club with a Cover Charge’

Justine Coleman, The Hill (January 27, 2020)

After Monday’s Supreme Court decision, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voiced her concerns on the ruling that will allow the Trump administration to move forward with a policy change that will make it harder for immigrants to gain legal status if they are dependent on public assistance.

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Congress Passes Vital Funds to Address Causes of Migration, Child Welfare at Border

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Congress Passes Vital Funds to Address Causes of Migration, Child Welfare at Border

Jennifer Podkul, The Hill (January 9, 2020)

Last month, the House and Senate passed several funding bills that will provide critical funds for the care of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children. This funding also attempts to help improve the conditions in some of the countries where many of these children have fled.

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Foster Youth Internship Program Accepting Applications for 2020

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Foster Youth Internship Program Accepting Applications for 2020

Kim Phagan-Hansel, Chronicle of Social Change (December 20,2019)

Youth who have spent time in the foster care system have the opportunity to participate in an internship on Capitol Hill. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI).

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How to Stop Doctors from Misdiagnosing Child Abuse? Don’t Rely on Just One Opinion, Experts Say

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How to Stop Doctors from Misdiagnosing Child Abuse? Don’t Rely on Just One Opinion, Experts Say

Mike Hixenbaugh and Keri Blakinger, NBC News (December 13, 2019)

Dr. Michael Laposata noticed a disturbing pattern two decades ago, when he was the director of clinical laboratories at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor. The state was taking children from their parents based on mistakes by doctors. Children with bruises or internal bleeding were being misidentified as victims of abuse after doctors missed underlying medical conditions that can cause those same injuries.

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How We Measured States’ Compliance With a Forgotten Federal Child Abuse Law

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How We Measured States’ Compliance With a Forgotten Federal Child Abuse Law

Emily Palmer, Pro Publica (December 13, 2019)

The Globe and ProPublica measured states’ and territories’ compliance with the primary federal child abuse law for children not in foster care, known by its acronym CAPTA, focusing on five provisions identified by experts as among the most important. Over more than two years, child welfare agencies were surveyed about their efforts to protect children. The survey responses, which were also reviewed by child welfare experts from around the country, showed that every child welfare agency fell short in at least one category.

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Senate Finance Leaders Propose $100 Million to Support Older Youth in Foster Care

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Senate Finance Leaders Propose $100 Million to Support Older Youth in Foster Care

John Kelly, Chronicle of Social Change (December 13, 2019)

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill that would commit $100 million over five years to support programs aimed at helping older youth in foster care transition into adulthood.

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The Government Has Taken at Least 1,100 Children From Their Parents Since Family Separations Officially Ended 

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The Government Has Taken at Least 1,100 Children From Their Parents Since Family Separations Officially Ended

John Washington, The Intercept (December 9, 2019)

The U.S. government is still taking children from their parents after they cross the border. Since the supposed end of family separation — in the summer of 2018, after a federal judge’s injunction and President Donald Trump’s executive order reversing the deeply controversial policy — more than 1,100 children have been taken from their parents, according to the government’s own data.

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Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care

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Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care

Robert Moore and Susan Schmidt, Pro Publica (December 5, 2019)

Video obtained by ProPublica shows the Border Patrol held a sick teen in a concrete cell without proper medical attention and did not discover his body until his cellmate alerted guards. The video doesn’t match the Border Patrol’s account of his death.

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Why Homeland Security Lost Track of Kids it Separated at The Border

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Why Homeland Security Lost Track of Kids it Separated at The Border

Andrew Eversden, Federal Times (December 2, 2019)

DHS estimated that its border patrol agents separated more than 3,000 children for their families during those 2018 months. The department estimates that it completed over 2,100 reunifications, but the IG found 136 children with potential family relationships that DHS didn’t properly record. In a longer review of Oct. 1, 2017, to Feb. 14, 2019, the IG found another 1,233 children with potential family relationships that CBP didn’t record properly.

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What ending DACA could cost the U.S. economy

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What ending DACA could cost the U.S. economy

Courtney Vinopal, PBS News (November 12, 2019)

While the Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday hinged on whether the Trump administration’s attempts to end DACA were lawful, those watching the case are considering what the economic losses of terminating the program might be.

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Trump administration must provide mental health services to migrant families, federal judge says

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Trump administration must provide mental health services to migrant families, federal judge says

 Danielle Wallace, Fox News (November 8, 2019)

A federal judge in California earlier this week ruled that the Trump administration must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a report.

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New Trump administration proposal would charge asylum seekers an application fee

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New Trump administration proposal would charge asylum seekers an application fee

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Miriam Jordan, The New York Times (November 8, 2019)

The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed on those pursuing legal immigration and citizenship, as well as for the first time charging those fleeing persecution for seeking protection in the United States.

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Lawmakers grill ICE official on family separations after Mississippi immigration raids

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Lawmakers grill ICE official on family separations after Mississippi immigration raids

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (November 7, 2019)

Three months after immigration authorities carried out a massive roundup of nearly 700 undocumented workers at food processing plants in Mississippi, lawmakers grilled one of the officials who oversaw the operation over the decision not to warn local stakeholders, the lack of enforcement actions against employers and the separations of children from immigrant parents who remain detained.

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Senators move to protect program for immigrant military families that Trump may end

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Senators move to protect program for immigrant military families that Trump may end

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (November 6, 2019)

A group of Democratic senators led by U.S. Army veteran Tammy Duckworth of Illinois unveiled a proposal on Wednesday to shield certain undocumented family members of U.S. troops from deportation, a move aimed at safeguarding a little-known immigration program the Trump administration is considering ending.

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Court blocks plan to deny visas to would-be immigrants who can’t afford health insurance

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Court blocks plan to deny visas to would-be immigrants who can’t afford health insurance

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (November 3, 2019)

A federal judge in Oregon blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a sweeping plan to deny visas to would-be immigrants based on their inability to show they could pay for health insurance or medical costs in the U.S.

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Total system failure: The immigration system at the southern border

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Total system failure: The immigration system at the southern border

Center for the Study of Social Policy (September 25, 2019)

The immigration system at the southern border is a product of a century of conflicting policies aimed at facilitating trade, limiting undocumented immigration, and protecting national security. It was not designed to protect and promote the health and well-being of children and families, but it has an obligation to do so as a publically-funded institution acting on the behalf of the American people. We all know that it is not meeting these obligations. When my colleagues and I visited the southern border, we did not just see a system that was ignoring the health and well-being needs of children and families. We saw a system that was intentionally causing harm and failing to meet the most basic obligations of a public system in a well-functioning democracy.

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Child Health Experts and Advocates File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Describing Traumatic Impact of DACA Rescission on Recipients’ Children

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Child Health Experts and Advocates File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Describing Traumatic Impact of DACA Rescission on Recipients’ Children

Tom Salyers, Lynn Tramonte, CLASP (October 7, 2019)

At least a quarter of a million young children would be harmed developmentally, psychologically, and economically by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On Friday, three dozen organizations and leaders filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to consider the impact of rescinding DACA on beneficiaries’ children who are U.S. citizens.

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The Faces of Family Separation

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The Faces of Family Separation

CBS (October 7, 2019)

CBS News takes viewers inside the real-life challenges facing migrant families split apart by the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. The documentary provides an immersive look at the hotly debated issue through the eyes of those impacted the most — the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters separated and unaware when they’ll see their family members again.

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Capping the Refugee Intake

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Capping the Refugee Intake

Sriram Lakshman, The Hindu (October 6, 2019)

Even as the number of refugees hit 26 million at the end of 2018 — a historic post-war high — the Trump administration has dramatically cut back on the number it is allowing into the U.S. The administration recently announced a proposal to cap admits in financial year 2020 at 18,000, the lowest since the country’s Refugee Act of 1980 was passed.

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Trump’s Order Will Deny Visas to Immigrants Who Lack Health-Care Coverage

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Trump’s Order Will Deny Visas to Immigrants Who Lack Health-Care Coverage

Maria Sacchetti, The Washington Post (October 4, 2019)

The White House late Friday issued a proclamation saying it would deny visas to immigrants who “will financially burden” the U.S. health-care system starting Nov. 3, demanding that foreign nationals prove that they have insurance or are affluent enough to cover their own health-care costs before entering the United States.

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Mexican Immigrants Are Accusing Border Patrol Agents Of Denying Asylum And Illegally Deporting Them

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Mexican Immigrants Are Accusing Border Patrol Agents Of Denying Asylum And Illegally Deporting Them

Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed (October 4, 2019)

Mexican families seeking protection are accusing Border Patrol agents in Arizona of illegally deporting them and denying them access to asylum despite being on United States soil, according to complaints filed with the government.

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The Trump Administration Issues Dozens of Corrections to Its Error-Riddled Immigration Rule

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The Trump Administration Issues Dozens of Corrections to Its Error-Riddled Immigration Rule

Yeganeh Torbati and Dara Lind, ProPublica (October 1, 2019)

Two weeks before a sweeping new immigration policy is set to take effect, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a 25-page set of corrections to the final version of the “public charge” rule.

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U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

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U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times (October 2, 2019)

The Trump administration is moving to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year and to enter the results into a national criminal database, an immense expansion of the use of technology to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

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Attacked in Mexico, Returned to Mexico: Trump Policy Ignores Danger to Asylum-Seekers

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Attacked in Mexico, Returned to Mexico: Trump Policy Ignores Danger to Asylum-Seekers

Gus Bova, The Observer (September 30, 2019)

Under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the Trump administration has returned more than 48,000 asylum-seekers since January to await their court dates in Mexico, a country where kidnapping and assault of migrants is rampant. Over the course of two months, the Observer has uncovered multiple stories showing that the program includes no meaningful screening for even the most obvious threats to migrants’ safety and lives.

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