Child detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. According to a new analysis of government data, the share of unaccompanied minor children 12 and younger arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has jumped from 9 percent in 2013 to 16 percent this year so far.
On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting - NPR In a recently released Gallup poll, 17 percent of respondents named immigration as "America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership." It was a jump from the 5 percent who said the same thing in June, before the story of unaccompanied migrant youths at the border became national news. But the polling reflects past political flare-ups over immigration.
Report: More kids 12 and under arriving at US-Mexico border - Southern California Public Radio An analysis of government data shows that the share of unaccompanied children 12 and younger arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border is on the rise: "In fiscal year 2013, which ended last Sept. 30, nine percent of unaccompanied child migrants were 12 and younger; since last October through the end of May, 16 percent were 12 and younger."
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A poster that is part of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection information campaign targeted at countries where a lot of minors traveling to the U.S. originate. It translates to: “I thought it would be easy for my son to get his papers in the North. That wasn’t true.” According to a new analysis of government data, the share of children 12 and younger making the journey has increased.
The share of young children children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on their own has gone up, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center.
A tally of government data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act shows that more kids 12 and under are being apprehended as unaccompanied minors - many of them fleeing violence in Central America - continue to make the journey to the United States.
In fiscal year 2013, which ended last Sept. 30, nine percent of unaccompanied child migrants were 12 and younger; since last October through the end of May, 16 percent were 12 and younger. From the report:
The new data show a 117% increase in the number of unaccompanied children ages 12 and younger caught at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year compared with last fiscal year. By comparison, the number of apprehensions of unaccompanied teenagers ages 13-17 has increased by only 12% over the same time period.
A lawsuit to remove a monument to World War II sex slaves in Glendale took on a new twist this week when two former ‘comfort women’ visiting the U.S. offered declarations of support in the federal court case.
Both Il-Chul Kang and Ok-Seon Lee recount how as teens, they were abducted by Japanese soldiers to work as sex slaves. Now they’re in their late 80s, sloped in shoulder and slow-moving.
Outside federal court in downtown L.A., Kang said despite their condition, it was important they come to the US to show their appreciation for the Glendale monument, and others like it.
"Thank you for erecting the peace monument and thank you for trying to protect the peace monument," Kang told a group of reporters, mostly from Korean-language news outlets.
About a year ago, Glendale worked with local non-profit, Korean American Forum of California to install a bronze statue of a young comfort woman in a public park, becoming the first city on the West Coast to do so. In February, a group of conservative older Japanese-Americans who challenge the internationally-accepted history about comfort women sued the city, demanding the statue’s removal.
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The fence along the U.S.-Mexico border between the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry in and near San Diego, California, across from Tijuana, Mexico. In spite of the recent crush of Central American minors and families arriving at the border, illegal immigration overall is still low compared with the all-time high seen in 2000.
Despite Crush of Children, Illegal Immigration Low - Associated Press A reality check as Central American minors and families arrive at the border: "In the last budget year, Border Patrol agents arrested about 420,000 people, most of them along the Mexican border. That followed a three-year trend of near record low numbers of apprehensions...The number of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 million people in 2000."
U.S. investigators focus on money laundering linked to border crisis - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, are targeting suspicious patterns of deposits and withdrawals through 'funnel accounts' held at U.S. banks, according to two federal law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the topic. Human-smuggling rings are using such bank transactions to fund their activities, officials said."
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Irvine-based Banc of California's bid to acquire 20 branches from Banco Popular is facing opposition from advocates for low-income and minority communities.
Irvine-based Banc of California is making a bid to become one of the region’s largest homegrown banks, but advocates representing minorities and low-income communities are doing what they can to stop those plans.
Groups led by the California Reinvestment Coalition are asking federal regulators to deny Banc of California’s application to acquire 20 Popular Community Bank branches from Puerto Rico-based Banco Popular.
Banco Popular is getting out of the California market after years of catering to Latino and Asian clienteles in cities such as L.A., Montebello and Garden Grove. Consumer advocates are worried Banc of California will not properly serve the less affluent clients it will inherit, some of whom are immigrants who had never banked before they opened accounts at Popular Community Bank.