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Detained 8-year-old Mexican girl hangs self at shelter after border crossing fails

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Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has opened an investigation into the death of an 8-year-old girl who authorities say committed suicide at a shelter where she was being held after a migrant smuggler was unable to get her into the United States to join her parents.

According the Associated Press, after the  young girl was detained along with the smuggler, Mexican federal authorities placed her in a private shelter instead of one run by the state of Chihuahua’s child protective services.

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Investigators say the girl hanged herself last week inside a bathroom at “La Esperanza” shelter and  foul play was not suspected.

According to Think Progress, minors accounted for one in 13 people caught by Border Patrol, with 17 percent of them under the age of 13.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that up to 120 unaccompanied children cross the border each day, many in search of their parents or attempting to escape the Ciudad Juarez region, which some call “ground zero” for the violence raging in Mexico.

Children are often held overnight at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices before being interviewed and asked to describe the smuggler they were with.

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Children who remain in deportation proceedings can spend anywhere between one week to four months, with an average of 61 days in custody, after they are apprehended by border agents. These children are often held with adults where they run the risk of being exploited and abused.

The National Human Rights Commission said in a statement on Monday that authorities are still trying to locate the girl’s family

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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