By Garance Burke The Associated Press Martha Mendoza Tues., June 19, 2018 Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday. Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing … [Read more...] about U.S. officials sending migrant children separated from parents to ‘tender age’ Texas shelters
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By Michael E. Miller Emma Brownm, Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post Thu., June 14, 2018 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — For more than a year, the old Walmart along the Mexican border here has been a mystery to those driving by on the highway. In place of the supercenter’s trademark logo hangs a curious sign: “Casa Padre.” But behind the sliding doors is a bustling city unto itself, equipped with classrooms, recreation centres and medical examination rooms. Casa Padre now houses more than 1,400 immigrant boys, dozens of them forcibly separated from their parents at the border by a new Trump administration “zero-tolerance” policy. On Wednesday, for the first time since that policy was announced, and amid intense national interest after a U.S. senator was turned away, federal authorities allowed a small group of reporters to tour the secretive shelter, the largest of its kind in the nation. Inside, in what used to be a McDonald’s, … [Read more...] about Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children
TOKYO: A U.S. military F15 fighter jet crashed in waters off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, where the bulk of U.S. forces in Japan are based, during a routine training mission on Monday, U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement.The pilot, the only person in the aircraft, ejected successfully and was recovered by search and rescue crews, the statement said. A board of officers would investigate the incident, it said.Many residents of Okinawa associate the U.S. military bases with crime, accidents and pollution and want them moved off the island. A series of emergency landings and parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is moving ahead with a contentious plan to relocate the U.S. Marines' Futenma airbase from an urban area in central Okinawa to the less populated Henoko district of Nago city in the island's north.(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko in Tokyo and Phillip Stewart in Washington; Writing by Linda Sieg; Editing … [Read more...] about U.S F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan’s Okinawa
By The Associated Press Tues., May 22, 2018 HAVRE, MONT.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana, the agency said Monday. Allegations have been made before of law-enforcement officers in Montana racially profiling people to find out their immigration status. The women, who are U.S. citizens, said the agent detained them for about 35 minutes Wednesday in Havre, a small city about 48 kilometres from the U.S.-Canada border. One of the women, Ana Suda, asked the agent why he asked for their identifications. “I recorded him admitting that he just stop(ped) us because we (were) speaking Spanish, no other reason,” Suda wrote in a Facebook post published early Wednesday. “Remember do NOT speak Spanish sounds like is illegal.” Neither Suda nor her friend, Mimi Hernandez, answered their cellphones or responded to … [Read more...] about U.S. border agent stops two U.S. citizens near Canadian border after he heard them speaking Spanish
LOS ANGELES—The pro-trade message Canada is touting in the United States will resonate with everyday Americans and their political class, even if the words get obscured by the breaking news of the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Standing at the Griffith Observatory in the Los Angeles hills — a site made famous as a setting in multiple movies — Trudeau said his pitch to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from falling apart was well received.Behind Trudeau, a cloudy California sky obscured the city’s most famous message: the Hollywood Sign.Local coverage of the prime minister’s visit to California has focused on U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk and actions on immigration, a particularly acute issue in this “blue” state on the border with Mexico and home to the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada, some 150,000 people.Trudeau’s message Friday night at the Ronald Reagan library was overshadowed with … [Read more...] about Trudeau in California says his trade message is being heard in the U.S.