Unauthorized immigration

16-year-old Guatemalan migrant dies in U.S. custody in Texas

Group of migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador crossed the Rio Grande to ask for political asylum in the U.S.
Group of migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador crossed the Rio Grande to ask for political asylum in the U.S. Photo: David Peinado/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant boy, who traveled to the U.S. alone, died on Tuesday after being held in government custody in Texas, the AP reports.

The big picture: This is the latest in a string of child deaths in detention centers, almost certainly intensifying pressure on the Trump administration as record numbers of Central American migrants continue to cross the southern border. On Wednesday, the White House requested $4.5 billion in emergency funding to help manage what it called a "humanitarian and security crisis."

Massachusetts judge charged for helping undocumented immigrant elude ICE

In this image, an ICE officer holds onto his vest as he stands in the street at night.
Photo: David Maung/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Massachusetts judge and court officer were charged with federal obstruction of justice by the Boston U.S. Attorney's Office for helping an undocumented immigrant elude arrest in April 2018, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.

Details Judge Shelley Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor allegedly devised a plan after the prosecutor and the suspect's defense attorney said they thought U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted the wrong person. The government alleges that MacGregor used his security access card to release the suspect out of the back exit of the courthouse.