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Central American migrants bound for the United States ride atop a freight train in Mexico. Mental health providers and school officials say it's important to reach recently-arrived child migrants from Central America, many of whom witnessed violence back home and along the way to the U.S.
Once a week in Pico-Union, a group of former child migrants gathers in the community room of a housing complex. They talk about their week: Their lives, their jobs, their relationships — and the emotional scars that dog them as young people who left home on their own at an early age, seeking a better life in the United States.
One 20-year-old, Ulyses, who arrived at 13 says he's haunted by feelings of abandonment from when his mother left him in the care of a friend, when he was still a baby.
Another, a 21-year-old named Oscar, can’t shake the memory of the two exhausted companions he had to leave behind in the Arizona desert back in 2009, when he was 16. He’s convinced they died. Oscar says he's suffered from depression since not long after arriving. While he can work and otherwise function, he's often felt a crushing sense of isolation.
Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on TV at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Arizona. A new poll of California voters has 48 percent saying that unaccompanied minors who arrived illegally in the U.S. should stay while awaiting immigration hearings; 46 percent say they should be quickly repatriated.
POLITICO poll: GOP has edge on immigration in midterms - Politico A Politico poll finds that "35 percent of voters in the most competitive House and Senate races this fall said they approved of how Obama has dealt with immigration, compared with 64 percent who said they disapproved of the president’s handling of the issue. And by a narrow margin, more voters said they trust the GOP over Democrats on immigration."
Voters split on whether children crossing border illegally should stay - USC News According to a University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times poll, 48 percent of California voters polled said that unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally should be allowed to stay "months or years while awaiting a hearing." Forty-six percent said they should be repatriated immediately. Among non-Latino white voters, 44 percent said they should be allowed to stay and 51 percent said they should be repatriated. Among Latinos, 66 percent said they should be able to stay, and 48 percent that they should be sent back.
As pompadoured teenagers, the members of the Japanese-American social club Just Us Girls seized on all the nightlife 1940's Los Angeles had to offer.
They rode the streetcar to the Million Dollar Theater to see big bands. They danced into the night to Louis Armstrong. Sumi Hughes, then known as Sumi Fukushima, was particularly light-footed.
"I always had boyfriends who were good dancers," Hughes, 81, explained. "That was a prerequisite."
From the 1920's through the 1950s, Los Angeles abounded with hundreds of Japanese-American social clubs for second-generation or Nisei young people, especially girls. It was a social phenomenon that allowed the daughters of strict immigrant parents to explore their American identity.
"I’m sure parents thought it was one way to keep an eye on their daughters and know who their friends were," said UCLA historian Valerie Matsumoto, who wrote about these clubs in her book City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles.
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Female detainees stand at the fence in the exercise yard inside Homeland Security's Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas, May 10, 2007. Federal officials are proposing a new immigrant detention center in South Texas, one that would house families, in response to the recent Central American migrant crisis at the border. The government was sued over inhumane conditions at a different family detention center in Texas in 2007.
Federal officials propose Texas immigration lockup - Associated Press On a proposal to build a new immigrant detention center in South Texas that would house families. From the story: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement is proposing a residential center in the town of Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio...The plan is being decried by advocacy groups, who point to the fraught history of a past Texas family immigration lockup." Federal officials were sued over conditions at the T. Don Hutto family detention center in 2007.
DHS Doesn't Think ISIS Is Plotting Attack Through U.S.-Mexico Border - Huffington Post Department of Homeland Security officials said during a Senate hearing Wednesday that there's no evidence of the Islamic State terrorist organization planning to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, as some reports have claimed. From the story: “'At present, DHS is unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland from ISIL,' DHS Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Francis Taylor said, according to a transcript."
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U.S. citizen Lace Rodriguez reunites with her husband Javier Guerrero, who was deported home to Mexico.
Report: US Sharply Cutting Deportations - Associated Press This year is shaping up to have the fewest deportations since at least 2007. The AP found that the Homeland Security Department removed under 259,000 between the 2013-2014 budget year, compared to about 320 people over the same period last year. That's a drop of nearly 20 percent. Over the course of the Obama administration, more than 2.1 million immigrants were sent home. Possible reason for the decline: the Obama administration switched its focus to deporting criminals, so others facing deportation are instead having their cases pend through immigration court. Also, the recent surge of migrants over the summer has led immigration officials to "release many people into the U.S. interior with instructions to report back to authorities later."