Children in detention at the border
In the immigration surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, minors account for nearly 36 percent of all crossings — far above previous eras.
An investigation by Post reporters Abby Hauslohner and Maria Sacchetti found that 2,000 unaccompanied migrant children are being held in overcrowded border patrol facilities longer than the legal federal time limits. Federal law and court orders mandate that children are transferred to longer-term facilities no more than 72 hours after being apprehended.
But some children are being held for more than a week.
“Border officials said the immigration system is so overwhelmed,” Hauslohner says, “that the normal conduits meant to funnel children out of Border Patrol custody and into the Department of Health and Human Services’s shelters have broken down. Migrants are arriving faster than Customs and Border Protection can process them.
- The crush of children at Arizona’s border shows a U.S. immigration system on the brink
- Hundreds of minors held at U.S. border facilities are there beyond legal time limits
- Trump says U.S. to impose 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports beginning June 10 in dramatic escalation of border clash
How China erased a massacre
In the spring of 1989, Chinese pro-democracy activists filled Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. For weeks, the protesters, led by students, stood in unprecedented defiance of the Communist regime, calling for respect for human rights and greater political participation.
“The world knows what happened later,” Wu’er Kaixi told The Post. “It’s a massacre. There’s no other word to describe June 4th. There was a massacre in Beijing. Hundreds if not thousands of people — students and civilians — died that day.”
Decades later, the Chinese government has erased the history of this day so thoroughly, a Chinese newspaper accidentally ran a photo from it, not realizing what it was. “Think about how many people a newspaper page goes through,” said journalist Louisa Lim, author of the book“The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited.” “You've got the photo editor, the page editor, even the censor. Nobody recognized what this was. So they didn't realize they should censor it.”
Video producers Kate Woodsome, Joy Sharon Yi, and Josh Carroll collected a series of memories for the 30th anniversary.
- Special feature: A massacre, erased
- Video: The Tiananmen Square crackdown, 30 years later
- He spent 17 years in prison after Tiananmen. But he will not be silent.
The summer reading will not be on the exam
Book critic Ron Charles on how to break the puritanical rules out of summer reading.
Rachael Bade on the impeachment divide among Democrats. Loveday Morris reports on why Israel will hold a second parliamentary election. Plus, Brady Dennis explains why dead puffins in Alaska may be a harbinger for climate change.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Mary Beth Sheridan on U.S.-Mexico trade negotiations and how migrants’ lives are in the mix. Todd Frankel on the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play recall. Plus, Simon Denyer on why Japan is defending a small object in the ivory trade fight.
Monday, June 3, 2019