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Trump 'Totally Willing' to Shut Gov't Over Border Wall Funding

President and the Dems aren't even close on the $5B figure he's throwing out there

(Newser) - President Trump said last Thursday he'd be OK with a government shutdown if he doesn't get the funding he wants on the US-Mexico border wall, and several days later, he hasn't changed his mind. With just over a week before Congress' Dec. 7 deadline to finish up... More »

Trump: I'll Shut Border 'Permanently' If I Have To

President tells Mexico it should send all 'flag-waving migrants' back to their home countries

(Newser) - On Sunday, there was "mayhem" at the US-Mexico border as pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the country's busiest, were suspended by Customs and Border Protection, and US agents shot tear gas at migrants near the border after a few tried to breach... More »

US Shuts Border After Hundreds Break Blockade

US agents also fire tear gas

(Newser) - Migrants approaching the US border from Mexico were enveloped with tear gas Sunday after a few tried to breach the fence separating the two countries, the AP reports. US agents shot the gas, according to an AP reporter on the scene. Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem. Honduran... More »

Tijuana: Please Help Us

The city struggles to cope with 5K migrants

(Newser) - The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants, most of whom were camped out inside a sports complex, the AP reports. The comments by... More »

Mother Jumping Border Fence With Kids Falls, Is Impaled

She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A Guatemalan woman was impaled by rebar when she attempted to enter the US illegally Friday night. The 26-year-old, who was traveling with her 3-year-old and 5-year-old, scaled a US border fence near California's San Ysidro Port of Entry. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports she was in an area... More »

Trump on Border Wall: GOP, Dems 'Must Come Together'

'Fix the Border, for once and for all, NOW!' he tweeted, demanding funding

(Newser) - The AP reports that President Trump hit the links on his Florida golf course the day after Thanksgiving, but before he did, he rehashed a topic that's long been on his mind, with seeming impatience. "Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package,... More »

Trump Threatens to Close Entire Border With Mexico

'The whole border'

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday threatened to close the entire border with Mexico if the "bad situation" becomes "uncontrollable," reports the AP . He was referencing the migrant caravan located in Tijuana in his conversation with reporters, in which he said if it "gets to a level where... More »

Judge to Trump: You Can't Deny Asylum at Border

'Individuals are entitled to asylum if they cross between ports of entry,' lawyer says

(Newser) - A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. US District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco, the AP reports. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union... More »

Troops at Border Will Be Departing Soon

Some of them have already accomplished their missions, Army says

(Newser) - Some of the thousands of troops sent to the US-Mexico border could be on their way home this week while members of the migrant caravan President Trump described as an "invasion" are still arriving. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who is overseeing the deployment, tells Politico that some of... More »

US 'Hardens' Border as Migrants Reach Tijuana

'Caravan' members say they're not deterred by crackdown

(Newser) - American troops deployed to the border installed barbed wire and barricades Tuesday as the first members of a migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana—with thousands more to come. US Customs and Border Protection said it was "hardening" the border "in preparation for the migrant caravan and the potential... More »

Migrant Caravan Is on the Move

Thousands are heading north

(Newser) - Thousands of Central American migrants were back on the move toward the US border Saturday, after dedicated Mexico City metro trains whisked them to the outskirts of the capital and drivers began offering rides north, the AP reports. At the Line 2 terminus, migrants began making their way to a... More »

Feds Award Company $145M Border Wall Contract

The 18-foot tall barrier will span 6 miles in the Rio Grande Valley

(Newser) - A Texas company has become the recipient of a US-Mexico border wall contract as federal authorities fulfill President Trump's first and most contentious campaign promise. Per CBS News , US Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the $145 million contract was awarded to Galveston-headquartered construction company SLSCO. The wall... More »

Trump: Troops Can Shoot Rock-Throwing Migrants

'We will consider that a firearm'

(Newser) - In response to a caravan of migrants making its way north through Mexico, President Trump has ordered the biggest deployment of troops along America's southern border since the days of Pancho Villa—and he says any migrants throwing rocks will be treated like gunmen. "I will tell you,... More »

Trump: Border Troops Could Hit 15K, Same as Afghanistan

President ratchets up number, though Pentagon doesn't confirm

(Newser) - President Trump said Wednesday the number of military troops deployed to the US-Mexican border could reach 15,000—roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting daily, per the AP . The Pentagon said "more than 7,000" troops were being... More »

Trump May Have a Plan for Blocking Migrants

He's said to be weighing executive orders

(Newser) - President Trump hasn't built his wall across America's southern border—but as a "caravan" of thousands migrants from Central America moves north through Mexico, he may try to block them with executive orders instead. Insiders tell the Washington Post that the president is considering an executive order... More »

Pentagon Plans to Send Hundreds of Troops to Border

Defense chief Mattis expected to sign order as migrants approach

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday again declared the situation at the US-Mexico border a "national emergency" and promised to get the military involved. Now it appears the Pentagon is preparing to do just that. Defense chief James Mattis is expected to sign an order authorizing at least 800 troops to... More »

Trump Says He Can't Prove Claim About Migrant Caravan

He said 'unknown Middle Easterners' were among group making its way to border

(Newser) - President Trump has admitted that he has no proof for his claim that "unknown Middle Easterners" are part of a caravan of migrants making its way to the US border from Central America. He told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he had received "very good... More »

Migrant Caravan Re-Forms in Mexico, Marches Northward

Migrants stream across Guatemala-Mexico border, vote to keep going

(Newser) - Days after trying to break down the fence at the Guatemala-Mexico border , a mass caravan of migrants appears largely unbent in their desire to reach the United States, reports the AP . Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they set out walking toward the Mexican... More »

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 »

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