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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 […]

In a lengthy report released Thursday, the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights decried unlawful practices and abuse in the nation’s immigrant detention centers [PDF]. The commission expressed particular concern over the treatment of migrant children and families seeking refugee status, thousands of whom are being held in for-profit, prison-like facilities at a […]

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 […]

Wearing Vans shoes and rubber-band bracelets, hair gel and shy smiles, the brothers Brayan and José looked like typical teenagers. But the story they told of their turbulent past year revealed just how far from typical they have traveled. In separate trips, the boys said, they left El Salvador to […]