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Brown woman wearing a teal shirt holds child wearing pink shirt. They are surrounded by men in uniforms.

Babies, Preschoolers Held in 'Tender Age' Detention Centers

Amid public outcry over Trump’s family separation practice, doctors describe despondent young children at three Texas detention centers.

New York state health commissioner will recommend that state legalizes recreational use of marijuana.

New York Health Department to Recommend Marijuana Legalization

Drug reform advocates welcome the move, but remain wary of how the state will address criminal justice issues related to legalization.

Protests surge against Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from parents.

Outrage Surges Over Trump's Family Separation Practice

Critics assail “un-American” immigration policy, as House Republicans mull two measures that would dump billions into a southern border wall.

HHS eyeing several TExas sites to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied minors.

Trump Administration Mulls Tent Cities to House Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Officials eye Texas military bases as possible sites for temporary housing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders immigration courts to stop granting asylum to victims of domestic violence and gang violence.

'Blood is on Your Hands': Attorney General Curbs Asylum for Immigrant Victims of Violence

Jeff Sessions issues directive to end asylum grants for victims of domestic violence and gang persecution, a decision expected to affect tens of thousands.

 

U.S. Border Patrol agents surround man sitting on ground.

Honduran Man Seeking Asylum Commits Suicide After Separation From Family

The death of Marco Antonio Muñoz comes amid a sharp increase in family separations at the United States-Mexico border.

Brown boy sits behind window covered with a black metal grate

LISTEN: Jeff Sessions Defends Separation of Families at the Border

In a lengthy radio interview, Attorney General Jeff Sessions insists children are being treated properly and that unaccompanied minors have no moral right to legal representation.

United Nations calls on United States to end practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.N. Calls on U.S. to Halt Family Separation at Mexico Border

The United Nations says children fleeing Central American violence warrant international protection.

Civil rights groups call for end of separation of migrant parents and children at the border

Civil Rights Groups Appeal for International Help in Ending Separation of Immigrant Families

The coalition calls on the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to end “unjustifiable” separation of migrant parents and children at the border.

Transgender woman Roxana Hernandez, who traveled with migrant caravan through Mexico to reach U.S., had died in ICE custody

Transgender Woman Dies in ICE Custody

Advocacy groups call on federal agency to release all transgender detainees after the death of Roxana Hernández.

DHS to require that sponsors claiming custody of immigrant minors be fingerprinted.

Trump Administration to Fingerprint People Who Sponsor Immigrant Children

The announcement comes as federal officials admit they lost track of 1,475 children. Immigration advocates say fingerprint protocol will discourage parents from claiming children.

More than 300 immigrants journeyed across Mexico to ask for asylum in the United States

Trump Nominates Immigration Extremist to Run Refugee Program

Congressperson Joe Crowley: “Mr. Mortensen’s racist, vile and disparaging comments against immigrants and refugees disqualifies him from serving our government in any capacity.”

Unaccompanied immigrant children detained by Border Patrol agent along the Texas-Mexico border.

Immigrant Children Allegedly Subjected to Physical, Sexual Abuse by Border Patrol Agents

An American Civil Liberties Union report says that documents obtained from Department of Homeland Security detail abuse that potentially amounts to criminal misconduct by federal immigration officials.

A Black man wearing a white shirt and gray shorts stands with his hands in cuffs, holding an orange mesh bag and a white and red bottle

House Approves Controversial Prison Reform Measure

But the FIRST STEP Act faces an uphill battle. Criminal justice reform advocates say any meaningful bill must include sentencing reform, and Republicans and Democrats in the Senate agree.

Border patrol agent

Border Patrol Agent Detains Two U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish

Civil rights attorney Jonathan Feinberg: “It doesn’t matter if you are in Midtown Manhattan or Havre, Montana, if you speak a language other than English, it doesn’t give rise to any suspicion that you are in the country illegally.”

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Department of Justice Curbs Authority of Immigration Judges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just bared judges from pausing low-priority cases while immigrants await visa applications and criminal conviction appeals.

Migrants children

Trump Administration Preparing to Hold Migrant Children at Military Bases

The plan would form part of a “zero tolerance” approach to border crossings, which is denounced by immigration advocates as emblematic of totalitarian regimes.

NYC marijuana arrests

New York City Officials Vow to Revamp Marijuana Policy

The mayor and district attorneys promise to limit prosecutions for most offenses, but reform advocates remain weary in absence of codified law.

Five incarcerated men in orange jumpsuits are locked in a cell. There is an American flag hanging above the cell.

House Advances Controversial Bill to Reform Federal Prison System

But several civil rights organizations—and Senators—say the measure would do nothing to address sentencing reform that Black and Latinx people desperately need.

Pro DACA supporters

GOP Moderates Attempt to Force Immigration Vote in the House

Reps facing tough re-election races mount last ditch effort to create protections for “Dreamers.”