Videos appear to show armed militia detaining migrants at US-Mexico border

The American Civil Liberties Union is calling the actions a kidnapping and a flagrant violation of the law Armed rightwing militia members detained a large group of migrants at the US-Mexico border and coordinated with US border patrol agents to have them arrested, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, in a series of actions the civil liberties organization called a kidnapping and a flagrant violation of the law. Several videos taken at the border in New Mexico this week appeared to show men belonging to a group that calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots approaching migrant families and children, ordering them to sit down, calling federal agents on them, and at one point potentially misrepresenting themselves by saying border …

Border crisis: US failure to respond to migration surge has created chaos

El Paso officials, aid workers and churches are scrambling to find shelter and legal counsel for a surge of Central American migrants US authorities failure to keep up with a steep increase in Central American families seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border has left El Paso aid workers, churches and city government scrambling to respond. After a sudden surge in arrivals, migrants have been crowded into hotels, churches and even held struggled to cope with the crush of families and unaccompanied minors. Because of limits on how long children can be held in detention, most families are now being released to pursue their claims in immigration courts, a process that can take years. Marissa Nuez, a volunteer coordinator at Las …

US expands catch and release practice amid migrant surge at Mexico border

Trump has railed against the practice, but with centers overwhelmed, families are being taken hundreds of miles away and dropped off in several cities The latest surge of migrants arriving at the immigration processing-and-holding centers overwhelmed, the administration is putting families on to buses and taking them hundreds of miles away, disgorging them at Greyhound stations and churches in cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Antonio, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona, because towns close to the border already have more than they can handle. Relief organizations in some cities are struggling to feed and house the migrants and are warning that a public health crisis is taking shape. Were asking volunteer doctors and nurses and community members to step up …

Texas migrant charity boss steps down amid questions over finances

Juan Sanchez, who built a business empire that has boomed on the back of a hardline government policy, will retire A non-profit that detains thousands of migrant children on behalf of the Trump administration as the government continues its crackdown on US-Mexico border, said on Monday its founder and chief executive is stepping down. Southwest Key Programs announced on Monday that Juan Sanchez, who built a business empire that has boomed on the back of a hardline government policy, will retire. The company issued a short statement thanking him, without going into details about the exact circumstances leading up his decision to depart. The Austin, Texas-based non-profit operates facilities at and near the US-Mexico border, collecting hundreds of millions of …