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Lawmakers call for detention camp reforms

Lawmakers Thursday called for stricter background checks, more mental health support and a public hearing to further investigate problems at a massive detention camp for migrant teens raised by a federal watchdog report and an Associated Press investigation earlier this week. More than 2,300 teens are being held at the remote tent city in Tornillo, … Continue reading Lawmakers call for detention camp reforms

TORNILLO, Texas | Desert detention camp for migrant kids still growing

TORNILLO, Texas— The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. … Continue reading TORNILLO, Texas | Desert detention camp for migrant kids still growing

PARADISE, Calif. | Paradise is reduced to ash, but memories survive the flames

PARADISE, Calif.  — There’s a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. “Boys,” said the team boss, “this is paradise.” Thus, more than … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Paradise is reduced to ash, but memories survive the flames

CHICO, Calif. | List: About 100 people still missing after deadly wildfire

CHICO, Calif. — Authorities searching through the blackened aftermath of California’s deadliest wildfire have released the names of about 100 people who are still missing, including many in their 80s and 90s. As the names were made public late Tuesday, additional crews joined the search, and the statewide death toll climbed to at least 51, … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | List: About 100 people still missing after deadly wildfire

CHICO, Calif. | N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing

CHICO, Calif. — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California‘s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. “I hope you are okay,” reads one hand written note on the board filled with white and yellow sheets … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing

PARADISE, Calif. | Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead

PARADISE, Calif. — More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 — making it the deadliest in state history — as anxious relatives visited shelters and called police hoping to find loved ones alive. Lisa Jordan drove 600 miles (1,000 … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead

APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year

Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found. The decade-old Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruiting program … Continue reading APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year