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In immigration news: Migrant child trauma, fewer border deaths, workplace exploitation, more



Immigrants caught crossing the Texas border illegally are detained at the McAllen Border Patrol Station this summer.
Immigrants caught crossing the Texas border illegally are detained at the McAllen Border Patrol Station this summer.
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For migrant kids, past traumas are hard to escape - and early intervention is key - Southern California Public Radio  It's been years since they came as child migrants, but for some young people they are still struggling with the trauma of their pasts and the often-tumultuous journey to the US. Their stories open a window into the future faced by the some 2,000 child migrants who've come to the US in the last year and settled with family in Los Angeles County, pending their court cases in immigration court.

Border agency reports fewer immigrant deaths - Los Angeles Times U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that are migrant deaths have dropped along the Southwest border, despite the fact that the number of people crossing Texas and Arizona went up this summer. But immigrant rights advocates counter that the death toll numbers are down because officials aren't searching for remains. Eddie Canales of the South Texas Human Rights Center said he knew of at least eight men who were missing, left behind a group traveling through in June.

Brown purges immigration initiative from state law - Associated Press California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that does away with unenforceable remnants of Proposition 187, a 1994 voter-approved initiative that sought to bar people who were in the U.S. illegally from public services. Although the measure never made it past the courts, some of its language remained in statute; the bill, known as SB396, was introduced by Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles.

Immigration hits Kentucky Senate race - Politico  Pres. Obama is "deeply unpopular" in Kentucky, where supporters of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are trying to connect his Democratic opponent in the November election to the president and his immigration policies.  Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, is fighting off the association saying in an ad that “I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA.”

Immigrant women in Arizona vulnerable to workplace exploitation - Fox News Latino A new report from the University of Arizona's law school found that "immigrant women in Tucson are vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace and are often paid less than the minimum wage, particularly if they are undocumented." Researchers interviewed 90 women, the vast majority of them Mexican.

Immigrant Children Begin School At Federal Immigration Jail - Associated Press Thousands of migrant children awaiting action on their immigration cases have entered school districts around the country. There still other children who are starting school in detention centers. The AP took a tour of the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas which has partnered with a local charter school district to offer classes. From the story: "The Karnes center allows detainees to move freely around the grounds, enjoying free Internet access, flat-screen TVs, and a hair salon. Instead of guards, lockup personnel are “resident advisers.”