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Court rules detainees don't have to be held in same state as children

Children don't have to in same state as detained parentsA federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that apprehended migrants do not have the right to be held in the same state as their children while in detention, thrusting the issue of migrant family separations back into the spotlight.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that migrants do not have a “due process right to family unity.”

“On the merits, we, like the district court, have been unable to find a substantive due process right to family unity in the context of immigration detention pending removal,” the appeals court wrote in its ruling.

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Fundraising effort launched for 11-year-old girl ordered deported without family

Fundraising for 11 year old ordered deported without family

Dora Alvarado felt something was off when she arrived at immigration court in Houston March 12 with her two daughters. A court translator told her that she and her 15-year-old, Adamaris Alvarado, were listed on the docket that day. Her 11-year-old, Laura Maradiaga, was not.

Days later, Alvarado received a letter in English — a language she cannot speak or read — bearing Laura’s name. It wasn’t until the trio returned to court this week that a different translator told her the letter was the 11-year-old’s removal order.

“I don’t want to leave my mom,” Laura said Thursday. “I want to stay with her.”

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Facing hurdles from U.S., war crimes judges reject Afghan probe

US opposition causes ICC to drop Afghan probeJust days after the United States government revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, ICC judges rejected her request to open an investigation into alleged atrocities in the war in Afghanistan, citing practical reasons.

The decision on Friday, which prosecutor Fatou Bensouda may appeal and which angered human rights groups, means that neither the Taliban, the Afghan government, nor the United States will face any investigation at the international court for alleged crimes, which dated mostly from 2003-2004.

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Judge halts Trump administration’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

Mexican asylum seekersA federal judge today halted the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy, which forces certain non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico during their court proceedings.

The plaintiffs — a group of asylum seekers and organizations represented by the American Civil Liberties Union — argued the policy violates U.S. asylum law, international treaty obligations and federal regulatory requirements.

In a 27-page order, San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg issued a preliminary injunction against the policy, a decision that represents another legal setback for the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration agenda. The order will take effect Friday at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT), which will provide the administration time to seek a stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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Report: Trump Has Been Lobbying ‘For Months’ to Reinstate Migrant Family Separation Policy

Family separations at border

A day after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned as Secretary of Homeland Security, MSNBC reported on Monday President Donald Trump has been pushing “for months” for the government to reinstate the family separation policy for migrants caught crossing the border.

“For months now the president has been urging his administration to reinstate the family separation policy,” MSNBC’s Julia Ainsely said. “This is what was in place last May and June. To do this on a large-scale level as he looked at these numbers rise over January and into April. He’s seeing numbers of families coming across, he is convinced the only thing that could bring them back, according to one official with direct knowledge, is to start separating them, again. That was the policy that worked.”

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U.S. government says it could take two years to identify families separated at border

It may take two years to reunite families separated at borderIt could take the U.S. government up to two years to identify potentially thousands of additional children separated from their parents by the authorities at the southern border, the government said in a court filing.

The filing late on Friday outlined for the first time the Trump administration’s plan for identifying which family members might have been separated by assessing thousands of records using a combination of data analysis, statistical science, and manual review.

Last month, a federal judge in San Diego expanded the number of migrant families that the government may be required to reunite as part of a class-action lawsuit brought last year by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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Red Cross ready to aid Venezuela, warns against politics

Protesters demand aid be allowed to Venezuela

The Red Cross has announced that it plans next month to bring aid to 650,000 Venezuelan people, attempting to push through the blockade imposed by President Nicolas Maduro and alleviate immense suffering.

Francesco Rocca, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said on Friday that his organisation would bring in supplies, handing them out to those most in need.

He insisted that his aid delivery was not partisan, and would be distributed fairly. Mr Maduro's government will only issue help to those with a "carnet de patria" - an agreement swearing allegiance to his government.

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