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    Trump policy of detaining children ‘may amount to torture’, UN says – as it happened

    We are ending our live coverage of migrant family separations at the border and the fallout from Trump’s recent policy changes. Thanks for following along. Here are some key developments of the day and dispatches from Guardian reporters on both sides of the border.
    • Residents of the desert hamlet of Tornillo, near the Mexican border, have expressed outrage at the child detention camp in their backyard.
    • Minors detained at the border have been placed in foster care, unsure if they will be reunited with parents or siblings.
    • Trump’s crackdown is not expected to stem the flow of Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence.
    • In Tijuana, asylum seekers are still hoping US authorities will give them a chance at a new beginning.
    • In Guatemala, people are fleeing in part due to reports that gangs have penetrated the military and are expanding into rural areas.
    • There has been a glimmer of hope for reuniting some families in Texas, though immigration attorneys say it’s still unclear who might be left behind.
    • At a federal court in McAllen, Texas, the US has since May been prosecuting roughly 150 migrants a day for misdemeanor illegal entry – but prosecutors did not bring any parents to court today.
    • United Nations human rights experts said Trump’s policy of detaining children “may amount to torture”.
    • Republican efforts to overhaul immigration through legislation stalled on Friday after Trump advised GOP lawmakers to “stop wasting their time”.
    • Trump also held an event with families whose loved ones were killed by immigrants, reviving his anti-immigrant campaign message linking undocumented people and crime. 
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a notice saying it may seek up to 15,000 beds to detain immigrant families, and the US Navy is also reportedly preparing plans to build detention centers on bases in California, Alabama and Arizona.
      US lawmakers visited holding facilities for immigrant children across the country on Friday – but they have been unable to speak with detained youth.
      Three Democratic senators went to a holding facility on the Texas border near El Paso that appears to be occupied by roughly 250 teenage boys, mostly from Central America, according to the AP. A contractor that operates the shelter reportedly briefed senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, but would not let them enter holding areas or speak with detained minors.
      Republican senator Marco Rubio also visited a Miami-area facility housing more than 1,000 teenage migrants. He told the AP he didn’t speak to any of the children due to privacy regulations. Earlier in the day, he tweeted support of first lady Melania Trump, who has faced widespread scrutiny for her decision to wear a jacket that said, “I really don’t care. Do U?”
      Meanwhile in California, some lawmakers are raising objections to the news that the US Navy is proposing to construct detention centers in the state, including a camp for as many as 47,000 people at a former naval weapons station near San Francisco.
      Congressman Mark DeSaulnier said in a statement:
      STOP! The Administration needs to take a time out … If the Administration wants to have a rational dialogue about fixing our immigration system, I am happy to do that, but making up immigration policy on the fly is just wrong. We will fight this in every way we can.

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