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By Juan A. Lozano HOUSTON — A court hearing Friday over the licensing of immigrant detention centers in Texas is likely to delve into the unresolved question of whether children illegally crossing the southern U. S. border can be held for long periods at facilities that federal officials say are […]

AUSTIN, Texas — A judge will continue blocking bids by two South Texas immigrant family detention facilities for state licensure as residential child care centers. State District Judge Karin Crump’s decision came Thursday after a hearing in Austin on emergency rules created by Texas health officials. Those rules aim to […]

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Border Patrol’s parent agency on Monday issued nationwide custody standards, a little more than a year after its jails were overwhelmed with Central American children fleeing to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has come under criticism for its custody conditions from advocacy […]

mmigration and Latino activists applauded a federal judge’s ruling ordering the Obama administration to promptly release children who are detained at family detention centers and called on the administration to comply with the order. “As we have repeatedly stated, detention centers are no place for children,” stated Kica Matos, spokeswoman […]