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DHS Chief: Don't Expect Border Wall 'From Sea to Shining Sea'

Company proposes storing nuclear waste along wall

(Newser) - President Trump's vision of a "big, beautiful wall" along the entire length of America's border with Mexico probably won't become reality, Homeland Security chief John Kelly admitted during a Senate hearing Wednesday. Kelly told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he couldn't... More »

Trump Wants $1B to Build 62 Miles of Border Wall

Texas AG won't object to use of eminent domain

(Newser) - What's "big, beautiful," and roughly $3,000 a foot? It's President Trump's border wall, according to Homeland Security budget documents obtained by CNN . The documents outline a request of $1 billion to cover 62 miles of border wall—48 miles of new barriers in San... More »

Family of Teen Who Drank Liquid Meth at Border Gets $1M

It was 'the most inhuman kind of cruelty,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection has paid $1 million to the family of a Mexican teen who died three years ago after sipping liquid meth at the US-Mexico border. Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo, 16, was traveling through the pedestrian entrance at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Nov. 18,... More »

Mexican Pol Scales Border Fence to Send Trump Message

Braulio Guerra filmed, photographed himself atop 30-foot-high Tijuana border fence

(Newser) - Braulio Guerra decided words weren't enough to get his point across on how he feels about President Trump's proposed border wall, so the athletic congressman from the Mexican state of Queretaro apparently put his climbing skills to work. BuzzFeed first reported on Guerra's high-profile stunt: showing himself... More »

What CBP Found in Kid's Backpack Was Worth a Lot

Literally $141K in cash, in the backpack and a purse, at US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Maybe they forgot to move a decimal point (or two)? Per Customs and Border Protection rules , travelers going to and from the US can carry as much cash as they want, but they have to declare $10,000 or more. And so the $141,200 that CBP officers in Texas... More »

He Shot Boy Across Mexico Border; Case Heads to SCOTUS

Can foreigners have their day in American courts?

(Newser) - Sixty feet and the US-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the US Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head in 2010. US officials chose not to prosecute Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., and the Obama administration refused to extradite him so that he... More »

Border Wall Cost Estimate Soars in Leaked Report

DHS says it will cost $21.6B over 3.5 years

(Newser) - A barrier along the border with Mexico could be ready in 2020, but it won't be cheap, according to a leaked Department of Homeland Security report seen by Reuters . The internal report estimates that the cost will be $21.6 billion, around double the $10 billion to $12 billion... More »

Mexican Leaders: We Won't 'Reimburse' US for 'Stupid' Wall

Despite what Donald Trump is claiming

(Newser) - Who's going to pay for Donald Trump's border wall, which is either "great" or "stupid," depending on who you ask? The answer is getting a little more complicated. The New York Times reports Republican lawmakers are looking into funding the border wall with taxpayer money.... More »

Report: Border Patrol Uses Desert to Kill Migrants

Group says tens of thousands have died or disappeared since the 1990s

(Newser) - An Arizona advocacy group says tens of thousands of people attempting to cross the US-Mexico border illegally since the 1990s have died or disappeared because the US Border Patrol uses the desert as a "weapon," the Guardian reports. In a report issued Wednesday, No More Deaths says 1,... More »

Texas Trooper Injured by Gunfire From Mexico

Federal agent was also hit

(Newser) - A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gun battle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound in the Friday afternoon incident, the AP reports. The trooper... More »

What It's Like Undercover With Ariz. Border Militia

'A sense of purpose'

(Newser) - They caught no immigrants or drug smugglers, but it wasn't for lack of trying. A self-described militia group called the Three Percent United Patriots recently staged an operation along the border in southern Arizona, and unbeknownst to the group, an undercover journalist was in their midst. Shane Bauer provides... More »

Texas Congressman to Trump: 'Shove It'

Filemon Vela not a fan of Trump's border wall idea

(Newser) - More fallout from Donald Trump's claim that the US-born judge presiding over two fraud lawsuits against Trump University has a "conflict of interest" and should recuse himself because of his "Mexican heritage." Trump says US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel must be biased against Trump because of... More »

Alleged Smuggler Caught With 20 Puppies in Crate

The dogs will be put up for adoption

(Newser) - Authorities say a smuggling suspect was arrested after 23 dogs—including 20 puppies packed in a nearly airless crate—were seized from an SUV at the US-Mexico border. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the driver told officials at the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday that he had picked up... More »

Trump: Mexico's Paying for That Wall, and Here's How

He'd cut off billions of dollars in transfers sent by immigrants to family in Mexico

(Newser) - Two former Mexican presidents have already said there's no way their country will ever pay for the "stupid" "f---ing wall" that Donald Trump insists he'll erect between the US and Mexico if he becomes president—which has led to lots of head-scratching over how exactly Trump... More »

Pope on Trump: A Person Who Builds Only Walls 'Is Not Christian'

The Donald

(Newser) - The latest to tussle with Donald Trump: Pope Francis. When asked Thursday about the presidential contender while returning from a six-day visit to Mexico, he responded, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," reports the New ... More »

Ex-Mexican Prez Not Impressed With Trump's Border Wall Plan

Mexico will not be paying for any 'stupid,' 'useless' wall

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only one who can throw around words like "stupid," "useless," "crazy," and "ignorant." Trump, of course, has claimed during his presidential campaign that not only will he get a border wall built if he's elected, but... More »

Police: LAPD Cop Tried to Smuggle Man Across Border

Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, ordered to live with his parents, can't drink

(Newser) - US Customs and Border Protection officers thought there was something amiss about a white Nissan Juke when it tried to cross from Mexico to California Saturday night. Sure enough, after a secondary inspection involving an X-ray-like machine, officers popped the trunk of the car transporting LAPD officer Carlos Curiel Quezada... More »

Debate Over Border Fence Ignores One Big Factor

Scientist: We need to be smart about wildlife's ability to roam

(Newser) - As the US beefs up its border fence along the Mexican border, one group very much affected isn't getting a say in the matter: wildlife. In the New York Times today, a scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society writes that jaguars, ocelots, wolves, bears, and other animals are finding... More »

Now Patrolling the Mexico Border: Drones

Predators have monitored nearly half of border since 2013

(Newser) - Predator drones guard nearly half the US-Mexico border where camera towers, ground sensors, agents, and fences are absent. Able to patrol remote areas like mountains and canyons, the drones capture high-resolution footage of an area every three days, the AP reports in an exclusive. Analysts then check the videos using... More »

How US Border Patrol Got 'Out of Control'

Agency grew without oversight after 9/11, officials say

(Newser) - The US Border Patrol has ballooned into a massive agency where employee misconduct is reportedly rampant, but figuring out who to blame—or how to fix it—is no easy job, Politico reports via Vox . Driven by security fears after 9/11, federal officials threw billions of dollars at Border Patrol... More »

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