Kristina Cooke

Hasty rollout of Trump immigration policy has 'broken' border courts

11 Sep 2019

On the day she was set to see a U.S. immigration judge in San Diego last month, Katia took every precaution.

Thousands of Central American migrants take free rides home courtesy of U.S. government

21 Aug 2019

More than 2,000 Central American migrants seeking to settle in the United States have given up and accepted free rides home under a 10-month-old program funded by the U.S. government and run by a United Nations agency, according to a U.N. official.

Allegations of labor abuses dogged Mississippi plant years before immigration raids

09 Aug 2019

Long before U.S. immigration authorities arrested 680 people at agricultural processing facilities in Mississippi this week, one of the five targeted companies faced allegations of serious labor violations including intimidation, harassment and exploitation of its largely immigrant work force, according to a federal lawsuit.

U.S. immigration agents arrest 680 workers at Mississippi plants

08 Aug 2019

U.S. immigration authorities arrested nearly 700 people at seven agricultural processing plants across Mississippi on Wednesday in what federal officials said could be the largest worksite enforcement operation in a single state. | Video

No 'day in court': U.S. deportation orders blindside some families

26 Jul 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK Carin, a 39-year-old subsistence farmer from Honduras, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her two sons late last year. They had fled after her political organizing led to threats of violence, she said, and intended to claim asylum.

U.S. judge blocks Trump's latest sweeping asylum rule

25 Jul 2019

A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a new rule that aimed to bar almost all asylum applications at the U.S.-Mexico border. | Video

When the U.S. puts a border between migrant kids and their caretakers

11 Jul 2019

On June 12, Gerardo, a 41-year-old indigenous bricklayer from Guatemala, appeared before a U.S. immigration judge in El Paso, Texas. Since crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally two months earlier with his 14-year-old son, he had been separated from the boy and forced to wait in Mexico for his hearing. | Video

An ever-expanding job for border agents: sensitive decisions on migrants' fates

04 Jul 2019

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO In a U.S. border patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, labels on holding cells indicate whether migrants have been selected - "yes" or "no" - for a new Trump administration program that sends asylum seekers to wait out their U.S. court hearings in Mexico. | Video

Judge orders U.S. into mediation on border patrol treatment of migrant children

29 Jun 2019

A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the government into mediation to resolve serious concerns about the treatment of migrant children at crowded U.S. border patrol facilities in Texas.

Attorneys ask court to intervene against U.S. over migrant kids' detention conditions

28 Jun 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/CLINT, Texas A 17-year-old Honduran migrant described babies sleeping on a cold floor. A teen mother said her sick baby was unable to open her eyes but no one responded to her pleas for help for two days. Another teenager took charge of a 5-year-old stranger because the child was very upset and had no one else after being separated from her father.

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