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A sign outside Ajo, Ariz., warns hikers to keep an eye out for people who have unlawfully crossed the nearby border with Mexico. No More Deaths and other humanitarian groups use a private residence they call "the barn" on the outskirts of the small town as a base of operations. CREDIT: RYAN LUCAS/NPR

Deep In The Desert, A Case Pits Immigration Crackdown Against Religious Freedom

In January, Border Patrol agents walked up to a ramshackle old building on the outskirts of a small town in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. They found three men. Two were Central Americans who had crossed the border illegally. The third was an American — a university lecturer and humanitarian activist named Scott Warren. But his legal team’s decision to stake out part of his defense on religious liberty grounds has made the case a clash between two of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ top priorities: cracking down on illegal immigration and defending religious liberty. Continue Reading Deep In The Desert, A Case Pits Immigration Crackdown Against Religious Freedom

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A new report by Disability Rights Washington finds that Washington foster youth sent to Clarinda Academy in Iowa were subjected to abusive restraint practices. CREDIT: DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON

Report Describes ‘Abusive Restraint Practices’ For Washington Foster Youth Sent Out Of State

The state of Washington sent high-needs foster youth to a residential facility in Iowa where they were isolated, held in a restrictive setting and at times subject to “abusive restraint practices,” according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the advocacy group Disability Rights Washington. Continue Reading Report Describes ‘Abusive Restraint Practices’ For Washington Foster Youth Sent Out Of State

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