Kristina Cooke

Exclusive: Asylum seekers returned to Mexico rarely win bids to wait in U.S.

12 Jun 2019

Over two hours on June 1, a Honduran teenager named Tania pleaded with a U.S. official not to be returned to Mexico. | Video

Trump administration moves to release migrant children faster from U.S. custody

11 Jun 2019

SAN FRANCISCO The Trump administration is again changing the way it vets people who want to sponsor minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone in an effort to speed up the release of thousands of migrant children currently in U.S. custody.

Trump administration suspends U.S. educational programs for migrant children

06 Jun 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK The Trump administration is suspending educational, legal and recreational programs for migrant children in its custody, saying an influx of children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian was putting a "tremendous strain" on the resources of the agency tasked with housing them.

Government watchdog finds 'dangerous overcrowding' at U.S. border facility

03 Jun 2019

The internal watchdog for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has urged officials to take immediate steps to alleviate "dangerous overcrowding" after it found some adult detainees being held in "standing-room-only conditions" for days or weeks at a border patrol facility in Texas. | Video

U.S. limits protections for some migrant children

01 Jun 2019

U.S. immigration authorities on Friday said the government would limit which migrant children who enter the country alone qualify for special protections in the United States, the latest move by the Trump administration to tighten immigration restrictions.

Asylum seekers say U.S. officials returned them to Mexico but kept their IDs

31 May 2019

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico/SAN FRANCISCO Virginia, an 18-year-old from Guatemala who is seeking asylum in the United States, had just one form of identification on her long journey north: her birth certificate. | Video

Guatemalan teenage boy dies in U.S. Border Patrol custody

24 May 2019

WASHINGTON A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died on Monday in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Texas, U.S. officials said, making him the fifth Guatemalan minor to die after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since December. | Video

Exclusive: New training document for asylum screenings reflects tougher U.S. stance

05 May 2019

(This story was refiled to fix typo in the penultimate paragraph) | Video

Rights groups sue over U.S. decision to hold asylum seekers without bond

03 May 2019

Immigrant rights groups asked a U.S. court on Thursday to reverse a Trump administration decision that allows asylum seekers who cross the border illegally to be held without bond.

Trump attorney general's ruling expands indefinite detention for asylum seekers

17 Apr 2019

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard. | Video

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