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US lawmakers target undocumented student 'sanctuaries'

US lawmakers target sanctuary universitiest took four attempts for eight-year-old Miguel Gutierrez, his mother and two-year-old brother to make it to Arizona from Sonora, Mexico.

"Each time we walked through the desert. The first time was probably the hardest; it was about eight to 10 hours. We stayed out through the night and camped out there," said Gutierrez, now 21. The unsuccessful journeys often ended at deportation centres, he said.

Gutierrez is a computer science major at Swarthmore College. It is one of about a dozen US colleges that have declared themselves "sanctuary" campuses.

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US: Remembering Japanese internment camps 75 years on

Japan interment campsJim Matsuoka left his marbles at Manzanar, the site of the Japanese American internment camp where he grew up during the second world war.

Two gallon-sized cans of toy marbles, earned mostly after being dismissed from class for unruly behaviour, are buried somewhere beneath the ruins of the old camp, which is now a US national park.

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Thousands in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

Thousands protest for Spain to take in ore refugeesThousands of protesters marched Saturday in Barcelona to demand that Spain's conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria.

Spain has taken in just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to accept.

Marchers held a large banner and signs with the slogan "Enough Excuses! Take Them In Now!" as they made their way through the city center to the Mediterranean coast.

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Meryl Streep says Trump provokes 'brownshirts and bots and worse'

Meryl StreepIn an emotional speech that was by turns tearful, defiant and humorous, Meryl Streep doubled down on her harsh criticism of Donald Trump, and spoke of having become a target since she first took him on in her Golden Globes speech in January.

Addressing a cheering audience at a fundraising gala for the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT group, on Saturday night, Streep referred to Trump’s tweet after her Globes speech, in which he called the celebrated actress “overrated”.

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What immigrant advocates want you to do if ICE agents come to your door

what immigrants can doThe sudden and unexpected deportation of undocumented Mexican immigrant Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos has sparked fears that President Donald Trump is beginning to fulfill his campaign promise to expel 11 million people from the United States.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which deported Garcia de Rayos from Arizona to Mexico on Thursday, contends there was nothing special about her case and that the move does not signify a heightened crackdown on undocumented immigrants. However, immigrant advocates, and even the Mexican government, are skeptical.

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Federal agents conduct sweeping immigration enforcement raids in at least 6 states

ICE raides nationwideU.S. immigration authorities launched a series of raids, traffic stops and checkpoints in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.

The raids, which appeared to target scores of undocumented immigrants, including those without criminal records, mark the first largescale episode of immigration enforcement inside the United States since President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

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Protesters rally to stop ICE officials from deporting Arizona woman who has lived in US for 21 years

Protesters against deportation of Arizona womanProtesters on Wednesday night blocked official vehicles attempting to leave a an immigration office in Phoenix where earlier in the day a woman had been arrested and possibly ordered back to Mexico after more than two decades in the United States.

Guadalupe García de Rayos, a 35-year-old mother of two American citizens, was taken into custody during a routine meeting with officials at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, the New York Times reported. Rayos has been required to check in with ICE every year since 2008, when she was caught working under a fake Social Security number. The New York Times reported that the meetings were typically quick and routine, consisting of little more than "a brief review of her case and some questions."

But after she was arrested on Wednesday, authorities "began procedures" to send her back to Mexico, according to the New York Times.

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