October 13, 2018

The decomposed bodies of 11 infants were discovered by state investigators in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit, local police said Friday night. The discovery was made after an anonymous tip informed authorities where they could be found.

"They were actually in a cardboard box, nine of the 11 — they're very small remains," said Lt. Brian Bowser of the Detroit Police Department. "They were in a cardboard box stuffed away from a stairwell." So far, only some of the remains have been identified.

The funeral home shut down earlier this year over violations including fraud and gross negligence. Watch Bowser's comments on the grim investigation below. Bonnie Kristian

October 8, 2018

The Trump administration has dramatically lowered the number of refugees admitted into the United States each year, and for some families, that has meant immigrating in pieces.

Stricter screening procedures are increasingly giving refugee families, especially those from the administration's list of "high-risk" countries, an awful choice, The Associated Press reports: Come to America without your spouse, child, or parent, or else don't come at all.

The AP report profiles Hadi Mohammed, an Iraqi man who worked as a security guard for American forces in his country. The job put his life at risk, so he applied for refugee status to come to the United States. After a five-year wait, Mohammed and his two young sons were admitted, but his wife has been stuck in Iraq for additional screening for over a year.

"Every night," Mohammed's 9-year-old son "cries about mom, 'I need mom,'" he said. The State Department told the family she is undergoing "additional administrative processing" and it is impossible to "predict how long this administrative review will take."

Read the full AP report here, and read The Week's Edward Morrissey on "America's appalling about-face on refugees." Bonnie Kristian

October 7, 2018

At least 12 people were killed and 162 more injured by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti Saturday night.

"Damage has been recorded mainly in the Far North. All my sympathies to the victims. The executive at the highest level is mobilized to provide appropriate answers. I call on the population to be cautious and calm," Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant said in a tweeted statement. The death toll is expected to continue to rise.

A 7-magnitude quake in Haiti in 2010 left up to 300,000 people dead. The country has yet to fully recover. Bonnie Kristian

September 29, 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake triggered a 10-foot-tall tsunami off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi Friday morning, killing at least 384 people and injuring hundreds more. Shocking footage of the moment the wave slammed into the beach in the city of Palu shows entire houses being swept away in a matter of seconds:

Electricity and communications are down in many areas, and the international airport is closed, making rescue efforts difficult, particularly in more rural regions. "It is not just the people in the large urban areas," said Jan Gelfand of the International Red Cross in Indonesia. "There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach." Additional aftershocks are possible. Bonnie Kristian

September 15, 2018
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Evelyn Rodriguez, whose 16-year-old daughter Kayla Cuevas was murdered by members of the MS-13 gang two years ago, was fatally struck by an SUV Friday after an altercation with the driver shortly before an anniversary memorial service for her daughter's death.

Rodriguez was preparing for a candlelight vigil when she was killed; the driver of the SUV called 911, and an investigation is ongoing. The SUV's driver has not been arrested at this time.

After her daughter's death, Rodriguez became a prominent advocate for victims of gang violence. "It's a fight that I have to continue to make sure all communities are safe," she said the day before her death.

To honor her advocacy work, Rodriguez was among President Trump's invited guests for the State of the Union address in January. "My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends," Trump tweeted Friday night. Bonnie Kristian

September 8, 2018

"My days were just thinking, what was going to happen? What am I doing here?" 13-year-old Alejandro told CNN of the two months he was separated from his mother by U.S. immigration officials per the Trump administration's rescinded family separation policy. "I was so worried that the frustration wouldn't let me sleep ... I felt like it was a nightmare that would never end."

Alejandro and his mother, Dalia, journeyed to the U.S. from Guatemala. They entered the U.S. illegally, seeking safety from domestic abuse by Alejandro's estranged father, whom Dalia says was too well-connected in her country for police protection to mean much. The plan was to seek asylum in America, but before Dalia could make her case, mother and son were separated, she sent to a prison and he to a shelter.

The agents "wouldn't allow any physical contact," at the moment of separation, Alejandro said. "I only told her through the window that I loved her very much and that everything would be okay. All I could say was 'goodbye,' and they took me."

The teen reports he was treated well but was only able to speak to his mom on the phone three times in two months: "It hurt me so much because [she] was the only thing I had. I was completely alone." After two months they were reunited and released, Dalia fitted with an ankle monitor to keep track of her until her asylum application can be adjudicated.

Read Alejandro's full story here. Bonnie Kristian

September 1, 2018
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Two people who were wounded in a stabbing attack at the main railroad station in Amsterdam on Friday were both Americans, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, said Saturday. They were visiting the country as tourists, and their identities have not been released. Both have been hospitalized, as has the attacker, who was shot by police.

The stabber has been identified as a 19-year-old Afghan citizen who lives in Germany. "At this moment he is under police custody in [the] hospital. He is being questioned about his motive," an Amsterdam police representative said of the suspect. "We are looking at all scenarios, also the worst scenario, which is terrorism." Dutch police are working with German authorities to learn more about his history. Bonnie Kristian

August 28, 2018
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A Guatemalan toddler died of a severe respiratory infection that "went woefully under-treated for nearly a month" while she was in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody earlier this year, a lawsuit filed by her mother alleges.

Yazmin Juarez, 20, sought asylum after entering the United States with her 18-month-old daughter, Mariee. They were taken into custody by ICE in March and held in the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, for about three weeks. Throughout that time, Juarez repeatedly sought medical attention for Mariee, the suit says, but the help she received was inadequate and the prescriptions were not effective. In addition to respiratory symptoms, Mariee suffered weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

After the mother and daughter were released, they flew to New Jersey, where Yazmin's mother lives, and took Mariee to the hospital the next day. The little girl was hospitalized for respiratory failure for six weeks to no avail. She died May 10.

"A mother lost her little girl because ICE and those running the Dilley immigration prison failed them inexcusably," said a statement from the Juarez family's attorneys.

Child welfare officials in Texas are investigating what may be the same case, though details of the child whose death is at issue in that probe have not been released. ICE told CNN it is "committed to ensuring the welfare of all those in the agency's custody, including providing access to necessary and appropriate medical care." Bonnie Kristian

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