The chaos behind Donald Trump’s policy of family separation at the border

‘No senior official would speak to 60 Minutes for this story, but the president ended his separation policy after 11 weeks. The White House says more than 2600 children were separated, but reports show that number is closer to 5000.’

AP fact check: Trump’s fabrications on Medicare, immigrants

‘In the final days before pivotal midterm elections, President Donald Trump is painting a distorted picture of immigration while exaggerating his record of achieving economic gains for non-whites and improving health care for veterans.’

Trump administration weighs new family separation effort at border

We’ve gone from “there is no policy” to “what about this one?”

‘The Trump administration is considering a new family separation policy. Stephen Miller is determined to act, arguing that separating kids from their parents deters illegal border crossings.’

‘One option under consideration is for the government to detain asylum-seeking families together for up to 20 days, then give parents a choice — stay in family detention with their child for months or years as their immigration case proceeds, or allow children to be taken to a government shelter so other relatives or guardians can seek custody.’

AP investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

‘As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted with pain: “They want to steal my daughter!”

It had been 10 weeks since Ramos had last held her 2-year-old, Alexa. Ten weeks since she was arrested crossing the border into Texas and U.S. immigration authorities seized her daughter and told her she would never see the girl again.’

Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research

‘The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children.’

U.S. Loses Track of Another 1,500 Migrant Children, Investigators Find

‘The Trump administration is unable to account for the whereabouts of nearly 1,500 migrant children, drawing concerns that they could end up with human traffickers or be used as laborers by people posing as relatives’

German top spy forced out in migrant row

Cleaning house.

‘Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, has been told to quit and move to a senior post at the interior ministry.

The government’s decision came amid a furore over Mr Maassen’s response to recent far-right unrest in Chemnitz.’

U.S. to sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in 2019

‘U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018.’

US refugee cap:

2017: 110,000
2018: 45,000 (previous record low)
2019: 30,000 (new record low)