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5 Kinds of Drugs Found in San Diego Smuggling Tunnel

Tunnel from Tijuana had its own rail system

(Newser) - Authorities in San Diego have found another cross-border smuggling tunnel long enough to rival the only subway portion of the city's transit system—along with a lot more drugs than usual. Federal agents say they found drugs worth almost $30 million in the 2,000-foot tunnel, which connected warehouses... More »

2 Big Moves in Virus Fight: Mexico and Medical Supplies

US and Mexico close border, Trump invokes Defense Production Act for critical medical gear

(Newser) - President Trump got into a testy exchange with a reporter at a Friday news conference about the coronavirus pandemic, but there were other developments at the presser:
  • Trump's action: The president invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies such as ventilators and masks on the front
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Pregnant Teen Dies Trying to Climb Border Wall

Smugglers left Guatemalan couple at wall

(Newser) - A 19-year-old pregnant woman from Guatemala died this week from injuries suffered when she fell trying to climb the US border wall near El Paso, Texas, US and Guatemalan authorities said Thursday. Guatemala identified the woman as Mirian Stephany Girón Luna. Medical personnel tried to deliver her baby but... More »

Pentagon Diverts Military Aircraft Funds to Border Wall

Lawmakers from both parties slam move to shift $3.8B in military spending

(Newser) - "I'm going to build a wall and divert funds from military aircraft to pay for it" isn't exactly what President Trump promised in 2016—but he is likely to at least have some progress in wall construction to point to during this year's election. The Pentagon... More »

Authorities Stunned by Border Smuggling Tunnel

It is the longest ever found

(Newser) - US authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area. The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage... More »

Border Patrol Bulldozes Iconic Garden

Seems smugglers were using the garden to sneak through

(Newser) - The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the US side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the AP reports. On Saturday, after... More »

Thousands of Migrants Try Pushing Across Bridge

Mexico closes border point after scuffle on bridge between Guatemala and Mexico

(Newser) - Mexican authorities closed a border entry point in southern Mexico on Saturday after thousands of Central American migrants tried to push their way across a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala, the AP reports. Normally, migrants who want to request asylum in Mexico are allowed to freely... More »

CBP Takes 7-Year-Old Into Custody. She Had Only Hours

Seems she hadn't eaten or drunk water for days

(Newser) - A 7-year-old migrant girl died after the Border Patrol took her into custody last week—which is likely to increase scrutiny of CBP facilities as families pour over the southwest border in record numbers, the Washington Post reports. The girl, still unidentified, was apprehended with her father and 161 others... More »

Video of Migrant Teen's Last Hours Raises Questions

An ailing Carlos Vasquez died in a holding cell and was not spotted for hours

(Newser) - In the early morning hours of May 20, 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died in his Border Patrol holding cell in Texas. Now, the journalism organization ProPublica has obtained video from his final hours, and it raises questions about the treatment and supervision of the sick Guatemalan teenager. Be warned:... More »

Minors Who Sought Asylum With Their Families Now Return Alone

135 such children are in US custody and, for now, can't be sent back

(Newser) - Children as young as 4 are crossing the US-Mexico border alone in what CNN reports is a dangerous consequence of the Trump administration's policy of requiring some migrants to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases play out. Some 60,000 migrants seeking asylum in the US have been... More »

President Trump Gives Jared Kushner a New Mission

Sources say son-in-law now in charge of border wall

(Newser) - President Trump's son-in-law, whose previous assignments in the Trump administration have included overseeing the Middle East peace process, reforming the criminal justice system, solving the nation's opioid crisis, and overhauling federal bureaucracy , has got a new mission, insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that Jared Kushner is... More »

Biden to Protester: 'You Should Vote for Trump'

Joe Biden was confronted by activists at Lander University in South Carolina

(Newser) - Joe Biden got a little frustrated with protesters at a town hall event Thursday and even told one of them to go "vote for Trump," Fox News reports. Speaking before roughly 800 people at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, Biden was confronted by an immigration activist who compared... More »

Caravan of Mormon Survivors Flees Mexico

More than 100 from communities rocked by massacre have crossed into Arizona

(Newser) - An 18-vehicle caravan carrying about 100 members of an offshoot Mormon community leaving their homes in Mexico after a violent attack arrived in Arizona on Saturday. The families came nearly a week after the attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities said were hit... More »

Trump on Report of Smugglers Sawing Wall: 'It's Easily Fixed'

'Virtually impenetrable' wall is apparently no match for a $100 reciprocating saw, per reports

(Newser) - President Trump has boasted that new sections of border wall are "virtually impossible" to climb—a claim that one engineer recently put to the test , with the results not exactly backing up the president . Now, a new issue has cropped up, with US agents and current and former administration... More »

Climber Builds Replica Wall Over Trump Claim

Climbers can try to scale a replica border wall in Kentucky

(Newser) - Impossible to climb? Rick Weber doesn't the think so. The climber and engineer has built a replica border wall to see if professional climbers can get over it, the Hill reports. Weber, 75, says he constructed the wall in response to President Trump's boast that even "20... More »

Trump Has New Plan for Migrants' DNA

The DNA would be placed in a huge crime database

(Newser) - The Trump administration is planning to expand the collection of DNA from migrants who cross US borders, and to include the information in a massive criminal database operated by the FBI, the AP reports. The effort is separate from and much broader than the rapid DNA testing done on families... More »

Report: Trump Suggested Shooting Migrants in Legs

He wanted alligators in border trench, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump aired some disturbing ideas during a "frenzied" week in March when his frustration with border security reached a boiling point, reports the New York Times , which cites "more than a dozen White House and administration officials." According to the sources, during one meeting in March... More »

Supreme Court: Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers

Ruling allows nationwide enforcement of limits while legal challenge continues

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.... More »

White House Makes Its Move Against Flores Agreement

Will issue new rule that would end 20-day limit on detaining migrant kids

(Newser) - The Flores agreement was put into place during the Clinton administration; the Trump administration is now formally trying to replace it. The federal consent decree has since 1997 put parameters around the detention of migrant children and teens. The new rule the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of... More »

Trump Finds New Way to Discourage Migrants

But swamped immigration courts manage to fast-track family cases

(Newser) - Rosita Lopez said armed gang members demanded money from her and her partner at their small grocery store on the Guatemalan coast and threatened to kill them when they couldn't pay. When her partner was shot soon afterward, they sold everything and fled north, the AP reports. Just over... More »

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