The town of Jacumba, on the California-Mexico border, has experienced a massive influx of migrants. Unofficial detention camps have popped up throughout the community. Then one day, something changed.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Immigration authorities arrested more families in August than in any month on record. U.S. officials have long grappled with discouraging families from coming — and found there are no easy solutions.
The figures are preliminary and don't include what Border Patrol agents call "got aways." Officials say it was the highest monthly total since at least 2006.
The swelling number of minors has left CBP scrambling to quickly move children from detention in crude holding cells built to house adult men to temporary shelters appropriate for adolescents.
"The training requirements cited in the government's declaration do not come close to being 'comparable' to the training requirements of full asylum officers," U.S. District Judge Richard Leon writes.
Former diplomat Tianna Spears says she was pulled aside 20-plus times crossing from Mexico into the U.S. "One time, I was told not to look at the officer in the eyes when I spoke to him," she says.
The decision comes months after the Department of Homeland Security barred New York residents from the program, citing the state's law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.
As many as 200 were held for questioning at a border crossing near Seattle. Some Iranian Americans are so concerned that they are canceling plans to travel abroad.
In terse statements, the Homeland Safety Inspector General said two migrant children died in U.S. custody due to bacterial infections.
Administration officials credit a policy of returning asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico and an end to a policy referred to by critics as "catch and release."