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Fox, NBC and Facebook turn down Trump-backed ad deemed racist 

NBC, Fox News Channel and Facebook all said Monday they will stop airing President Donald Trump's campaign advertisement that featured an immigrant convicted of killing two police officers. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Asked before leaving for campaign rallies if he thought the advertisement was offensive, Trump said, "a lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive...


Far from border, families separated in Georgia

Far from border, families separated in Georgia

For more than a year, a Honduran woman has been trying to get Georgia to return her four small children. She was deported in 2017. But the children are in foster care here — and so far, the state hasn’t agreed to give them back. As the family’s separation drags on, the mother has grown desperate, the Honduran consul general of Atlanta said.
Who is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, suspect in Mollie Tibbetts' death?

Who is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, suspect in Mollie Tibbetts' death?

A 24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, authorities said Tuesday. According to The Associated Press, police said Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a Mexico native who allegedly was living in the U.S. illegally, kidnapped and killed the 20-year-old University of Iowa student, who vanished during a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, last month.
Two members of Georgia immigration panel quit amid term limit dispute

Two members of Georgia immigration panel quit amid term limit dispute

The chairman and another member of Georgia’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board have resigned amid a contentious legal battle with Decatur over its policy of limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The panel’s chairman, Shawn Hanley, and board member Phil Kent sent messages to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office Monday announcing their resignations.
Performance at airport atrium a love note for reuniting couple

Performance at airport atrium a love note for reuniting couple

A woman who has waited a year for her husband to get a visa to join her in the United States organized a group performance at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to mark their reunion. Jon Eastwood’s homecoming was delayed a day after his flight from New York was canceled amid bad weather.
Lawyer: State’s immigration board members serving on expired terms

Lawyer: State’s immigration board members serving on expired terms

The Decatur city attorney has asked the Attorney General’s office to look into whether members of the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board have overstayed their term in office and should be removed. In his letter, Brian Downs said five of the seven members have served since the board’s creation in 2011, despite a state law that limits members to two terms of two years each.
Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

A Gwinnett County toxicology lab accused in a kickback scheme to bilk Medicare out of millions of tax dollars is causing headaches for people around the nation as debt collectors try to collect on alleged unpaid lab bills. For Deborah Smith of Houston, Texas, the calls started this spring from a debt collection agency seeking $1,400 in past due bills for urinalysis tests for her adult son.
ICE, GEO weigh expanding immigration detention center in South Georgia

ICE, GEO weigh expanding immigration detention center in South Georgia

First, the Trump administration moved last year to close the federal immigration detention center near the Georgia-Florida border, citing “low usage.” Then U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement negotiated to shrink the no-bid, $1.9 million-a-month contract this year to run the Folkston ICE Processing Center.
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Federal immigration detainee dies in South Georgia

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Federal immigration detainee dies in South Georgia

A Mexican national who was being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Georgia died Tuesday from what the agency says may have been “self-inflicted strangulation,” becoming the eighth ICE detainee to die nationwide since October.
Boston debates granting voting rights to non-U.S. citizens living in country legally

Boston debates granting voting rights to non-U.S. citizens living in country legally

The Boston City Council on Tuesday afternoon discussed the possibility of allowing non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections. In an extensive debate, testimonies were heard from city and state organizations, as well as members of the public. "Voting is probably one of the most important things we can do," said Kim Janey, a member of the Boston City Council.
Anne Frank’s family immigration efforts thwarted by restrictive policies, World War II

Anne Frank’s family immigration efforts thwarted by restrictive policies, World War II

It has been 76 years to the day since the Frank family retreated into hiding in their Secret Annex and new light is being shone on their plight to escape the Nazi regime.  The Anne Frank House, along with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has released new research into the efforts Otto Frank made to escape the Nazis and come to America or other countries.
Thousands rally in Atlanta to protest immigration policy

Thousands rally in Atlanta to protest immigration policy

Thousands of people marched peacefully in downtown Atlanta on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against the U.S. immigration policy that has separated children from their parents. A crowd estimated by police at 4,000 braved the heat to walk roughly a half-mile mainly along Peachtree Street from the Atlanta City Detention Center to the Richard B.
Cagle-Decatur dispute heats up with bizarre confrontation in Atlanta

Cagle-Decatur dispute heats up with bizarre confrontation in Atlanta

Add this to the drama sparked by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s feud with Decatur: a bizarre spectacle that played out publicly Wednesday between city and state-appointed immigration enforcement officials in the shadow of the state Capitol.
Immigrant children, parents separated at border must be reunited within 30 days, judge says

Immigrant children, parents separated at border must be reunited within 30 days, judge says

Immigrant children and parents who were separated by U.S. officials at the country's border with Mexico must be reunited within 30 days, a federal judge said in a preliminary injunction Tuesday night. According to The Associated Press, Dana Sabraw, a U.S. district judge in San Diego, also said immigration officials must reunite children under 5 with their parents within 14 days.
Bliss and Goodfellow: Which military bases will build camps to hold immigrants? 

Bliss and Goodfellow: Which military bases will build camps to hold immigrants? 

The Pentagon announced on Monday that two bases in Texas will be building temporary housing for immigrants illegally crossing the country’s southern border. Goodfellow Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Bliss were chosen by the Department of Defense to house immigrants. According to the Pentagon, one base will house unaccompanied children while the other will host families.
Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon is clapping back at President Donald Trump's latest Twitter insult with a donation to an organization that helps immigrants and refugees. According to The Associated Press, the pair's social media spat began Sunday when Trump slammed Fallon's recent comments about the then-presidential candidate's appearance on a September 2016 episode of his show.
Hundreds of children reunited with parents; Trump tweets after Republicans delay immigration vote 

Hundreds of children reunited with parents; Trump tweets after Republicans delay immigration vote 

Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure even as President Donald Trump casts doubt on its chances of success. Update 4 p.m. EDT June 22: Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a notice Friday that said it might seek as many as 15,000 beds to detain immigrant families.
Border Patrol agent speaks out about viral image of crying Honduran girl

Border Patrol agent speaks out about viral image of crying Honduran girl

A Border Patrol agent is speaking out after images of him patting down a Honduran migrant at the U.S.-Mexico border as her daughter cried at her feet last week fueled public sentiment against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Border Patrol Agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News that the image might be considered misleading.
Border stop puts 1,000 miles between detainee in Georgia and son, 3

Border stop puts 1,000 miles between detainee in Georgia and son, 3

Jose has spent the past month locked in a sprawling immigration detention center in South Georgia. More than a thousand miles away in a government shelter somewhere in Arizona, strangers have his boy. Jose doesn’t know precisely where his 3-year-old son, also named Jose, is being held. All he has is the shelter’s phone number.
Southwest Key: A look at one of the companies sheltering migrant children

Southwest Key: A look at one of the companies sheltering migrant children

Following the implementation of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at those who would cross the border illegally, upward of 2,000 children were separated from their parents as the adults were turned over for criminal prosecution. While the adults went to jail, the children, some only infants, were placed in the custody of the federal government.
Atlanta mayor won’t rule out canceling agreement to hold ICE detainees

Atlanta mayor won’t rule out canceling agreement to hold ICE detainees

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday would not rule out cancelling a federal contract for the city jail to hold people facing deportation. Atlanta has already turned away nine, she added, since she signed an executive order spurred by the separation of immigrant families on the southwest border.
Kempner: Trump and non-Trump business partners agree on refugees, jobs

Kempner: Trump and non-Trump business partners agree on refugees, jobs

I met a Trump supporter and a not-Trump supporter the other day. Funny thing: they were getting along. Even when they were talking politics. It turns out they have a lot in common. Chris Chancey and Luke Keller are friends and co-owners of an unusual and growing for-profit Georgia staffing agency that specializes in placing refugees.
Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children

Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to keep families together at the border amid national outrage and pressure from both political parties. >> Read more trending news  Trump officially reversed his argument that the office of the president has no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families.
‘We were like prisoners:' Florida teen recalls experience in Texas detention center

‘We were like prisoners:' Florida teen recalls experience in Texas detention center

Ruth Pascual was just 13 years old when she left Guatemala with her little sister to begin their journey to meet their parents, who had already left the country. In Spanish, she said how she and her sister were treated like animals for two months at a detention center in Texas.  Pascual and her sister were only allowed to call their mother once.
Atlanta won’t take more ICE detainees while families are separated

Atlanta won’t take more ICE detainees while families are separated

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday signed an executive order blocking the city jail from housing more federal detainees facing deportation, citing her objections to the separation of immigrant families on the southwest border.
Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore said he knew he had managed to capture the emotional impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policy just moments after photographing a young Honduran girl crying at her mother’s feet last week. The image appeared on television sets, computer screens and newspaper front pages around the globe.
Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border amid global criticism of the practice. Update 10:30 p.m. EDT June 20: Senate Democrats took a stand on the floor of the U.S.
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainees

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainees

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The city must not be complicit in U. S. President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families at the Mexican border, Bottoms said.
Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children from adults suspected of crossing the border into the United State illegally.
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