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Doctors: "Children in Crisis"...Slaves, Native Americans Also Separated from Families...SK Wants Concrete Plan for Denuclearization

UNDATED (AP) – Play rooms filled with crying preschool-aged children in crisis. That’s how lawyers and medical providers describe three Rio Grande Valley shelters where young immigrant children are being kept after they were forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 immigrant children have been taken to such shelters.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) – Federal officials say immigrants accused of entering the U.S. illegally can find where their children are through hotlines and an email address. But advocates say it’s not that simple to reunite families separated by U.S. officials at the border. The Texas Civil Rights Project says once immigrants are sent to jail or to immigration detention centers its lawyers lose access to the detainees. And the Trump administration says it doesn’t yet have a reunification plan.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. government’s separating of immigrant children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is not the first time the U.S. government has split up families. Children of black slaves could be sold by owners at will. After the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, U.S. authorities forced Native American families to send their children to government- or church-run boarding schools. And during the early 1900s, states sometimes pulled children from poor families and placed them in orphanages.

CAIRO (AP) – AP Investigation: With impunity, Emirati officers in Yemen’s network of secret prisons are sexually abusing hundreds of prisoners who smuggled drawings from inside one of the prisons showing their suffering. Descriptions of the mass abuse offer a window into a world of rampant sexual torture in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen.

BEIJING (AP) – South Korea’s president has urged North Korea to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Beijing to discuss the outcome of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim’s third recent visit to China underscores the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbors.


Audio of Crying Children at Detention Facility Released...Trump to Meet House GOP Leaders...Kim Jong Un Visits Beijing

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) – A weeping child calling “Papa! Papa!” is fanning the flames of outrage over the separation of immigrant children from their parents. The recording of Spanish-speaking children was leaked from a U.S. border facility and first reported by Pro Publica and later provided to The Associated Press. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the audio but insists the children are being treated humanely under the Trump administration policy.

WASHINGTON (AP) – With the issue of separating children becoming increasingly volatile, a key meeting is set Tuesday between President Donald Trump and House Republicans. The administration is coming under increasingly heavy fire on Capitol Hill and elsewhere for the policy, which Trump says is required by law and can only be ended by Congress. Lawmakers in both parties are up in arms over the administration’s “zero-tolerance” approach to illegal border crossings.

BEIJING (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim’s visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to highlight its crucial role in efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. It comes as U.S.-China ties are being tested by a major trade dispute.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea is presenting a united front with the United States on the decision to suspend a major military drill, one week after President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that he would halt the exercise. Seoul said the decision was necessary to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea. The Pentagon said no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trade tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate with threats from President Donald Trump of a new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing calling the action “blackmail.” China says if the U.S. goes through with its plan, it can expect “strong countermeasures of the same amount and quality.” Wall Street has viewed the escalating trade tensions with wariness, fearful they could strangle the economic growth achieved during Trump’s watch.