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Feds Claim NYC Mayor Crossed Border Illegally

His office says June 21 crossing was approved by border patrol

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection is calling out an unlikely person for crossing the nation's southern border illegally: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio and his security detail, run by the NYPD, violated both Mexican and US immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a... More »

Judge Rejects US Plan to Detain Families Indefinitely

She rules administration can't alter Flores agreement

(Newser) - A federal judge has rejected what she called President Trump's "cynical" effort to ditch an agreement limiting the amount of time children can be held in immigration detention. Dolly Gee, a Los Angeles-based US district judge, said the administration had offered "tortured" reasoning in its attempt to... More »

Melania Trump Visits Border Facilities in Surprise Trip

'I'm looking forward to seeing the children,' says first lady

(Newser) - Melania Trump made a surprise visit to border facilities on Thursday to see things first-hand. "I'm looking forward to seeing the children," the first lady said upon arrival at a Customs processing center in McAllen, Texas, reports USA Today . The unannounced trip comes a day after her... More »

Maddow Apologizes for Losing It Over Migrant Kids

'Not the way I intended that to go'

(Newser) - "Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border to at least three 'tender age' shelters in South Texas," reads the first line of an AP story that proved too much for Rachel Maddow on Tuesday.... More »

Report: Trump Meeting With House GOP 'Didn't Move Needle'

But he wants them to send him an immigration bill

(Newser) - President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday amid mounting public outrage over the separation of children from their families at the border—but insiders say that while the closed-door address was vintage Trump, he didn't leave lawmakers with a clear path to a deal on immigration. Lawmakers say Trump... More »

Senate Republicans Move to End Family Separations

But Democrats aren't necessarily on board

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed outrage at the thousands of migrant children separated from their parents at the US border, and on Tuesday, Senate Republicans moved to take action. Mitch McConnell said all Republicans back an approach that would legalize keeping families together while detained and awaiting a court... More »

In Audio, Border Agent Jokes About Screaming of Separated Kids

McCain calls policy an 'affront to the decency of the American people'

(Newser) - A harrowing recording from inside a border facility has added fuel to the controversy over the immigration policies that have separated thousands of children from their families. In the recording, which ProPublica says was made last week and provided to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury by a whistleblower, wailing children... More »

Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Child Separations

Laura Bush likens policy to WWII internments

(Newser) - The outcry over children being separated from their parents at the Mexican border may have caused a rift in another family: the Trumps. Melania Trump "hates to see children separated from their families," the first lady's office said Sunday in what the Guardian describes as "a... More »

Border Pursuit Leaves at Least 5 Dead in Texas

An SUV pursued by border agents reportedly lost control while going more than 100 mph

(Newser) - At least five people are dead and several others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas. Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says the SUV went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas... More »

Border Crosser Kills Himself After Family Separation

Honduran man was found dead in Texas cell

(Newser) - A Honduran man who "lost it" when he entered the US and was told he would be separated from his family killed himself in a Texas jail cell, according to police and Border Patrol agents. Agents speaking under condition of anonymity tell the Washington Post that Marco Antonio Munoz,... More »

For 3rd Straight Month, Border Arrests Exceed 50K

It's highest level since Trump took office

(Newser) - More than 50,000 people were arrested trying to cross the US border in May, the third consecutive month that figure has been reached. The high volume suggests that tough new rules put in place by the Trump administration—including the separation of migrant children from their parents—are not... More »

Border Impasse Over Migrant Caravan Ends

At least 8 were allowed to enter US

(Newser) - US border inspectors have allowed some of the Central American asylum-seekers from a "caravan of migrants" criticized by President Trump to enter the country for processing, ending a brief impasse over lack of space. Now, the migrants who crossed Mexico in a caravan may face a long legal path.... More »

Caravan at Border Must Prove 'Credible Fear'

About 200 migrants will make plea for asylum, a process that can take months or longer

(Newser) - The caravan of migrants that has drawn the attention of President Trump is much smaller than it used to be, but an estimated 150 to 200 Central Americans are now at the US-Mexico border hoping to gain entry into America. US border officials have slowed things down at least temporarily... More »

Central American 'Caravan' With Women, Kids Reaches Border

About 130 migrants are hoping to find asylum in US

(Newser) - About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and kids, have arrived at the US-Mexico border in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Trump. Two busloads arrived late Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana at two migrant shelters just steps from one of... More »

California Rejects Border Duties for Its National Guard Troops

Says some jobs federal government wants done are too closely tied to immigration enforcement

(Newser) - California has rejected the federal government's initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two US officials tell the AP . The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate... More »

Feds Will Pay for 4K National Guard Personnel at US Border

Mattis approved the move Friday night

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved using Defense Department money to pay for as many as 4,000 National Guard personnel to perform border security missions as requested by President Trump , the AP reports. Mattis made the decision Friday night. It means the federal government will foot the bill for... More »

National Guard Could Be Deployed to Border Today

President Trump is working on an 'immediate' plan, Homeland Security secretary says

(Newser) - President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. "The threat is real," Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that... More »

After Trump Call, Mexican Prez Scraps US Visit

Border wall appears to be major sticking point as Peña Nieto has yet to visit DC under Trump

(Newser) - After what the Washington Post is calling a "testy" 50-minute phone call between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart, the latter will not be visiting the former as planned. The major sticking point seems to be Trump's border wall, and Enrique Peña Nieto's refusal to pay... More »

Couple Exchanges Vows Over Mexico-US Border

A Mexican bride and her American groom took advantage of the 'Door of Hope'

(Newser) - For just the sixth time in nearly five years, a gate known as the "Door of Hope" was opened along the border between Mexico and the United States, allowing family members from the two countries to temporarily reunite. Only this time those doors were open long enough for a... More »

Workers Now Ready to 'Punish' Border Wall Prototypes

Workers will attack walls for the next 2 months

(Newser) - The US government announced Thursday that six prototypes for President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico have been completed and will be subjected to punishment to test their mettle—by workers wielding sledgehammers, torches, pickaxes, and battery-operated tools. The testing, lasting up to two months, could lead to officials... More »

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