Law enforcement leaders say civil asset forfeiture is a necessary tool for fighting crime, but several lawmakers see it as a violation of Americans’ civil liberties. Will Texas legislators take up the issue once again in 2019?
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In this video, Pulitzer Center Executive Editor Indira Lakshmanan moderates "Affairs of State" panel at the Texas Tribune Fest 2018.
Several new facilities to hold migrants have already opened this summer, and the federal government has requested up to 15,500 beds at two Texas military bases.
There's a big difference between what policy is supposed to do and what it actually does. The family separation fiasco on the U.S.-Mexico border is a perfect example.
A young Guatemalan slept on a bridge for at least three days and nights while attempting to seek asylum. His wife and children had been separated after crossing that bridge just weeks earlier.
In court filings, more than 200 migrants describe long waits for medical care, minimal access to legal services, verbal abuse from guards, and untreated diaper rashes.
The federal government completed its first round of family reunifications, but 45 percent of the children involved were not reconnected with the adults who brought them into the U.S.
Officials say that dozens more "tender age" separated children aren't immediately eligible to be reunified with their parents.
After he was separated from his 10-year old daughter, Mario, an undocumented Honduran, was finally able to see her Tuesday. The reunion lasted for about an hour before the two were separated again.
Since requesting asylum, a father has been detained near Houston while his 6-year-old daughter was shipped to Arizona. In Honduras, the girl's mother fears her daughter will be traumatized.
Advocates for asylum-seekers at the border say a long difficult process has become increasingly unjust. And the Trump administration shows no signs of changing its tune.
Trump administration officials insist that there is a "right way" for families to seek asylum in the United States: Come to an official port of entry. But they are still finding themselves in trouble.