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Mexicans No Longer Make Up Majority of Illegal Immigrants in US

For the first time, per new estimates

(Newser) - The number of Mexican immigrants in the US illegally has declined so sharply over the past decade that for the first time, they no longer make up the majority of that category, according to an estimate by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday. There were about 4.9 million Mexicans... More »

US Chooses Military Base to Use as Shelter for Migrant Kids

Record numbers have been arriving at the US-Mexico border unaccompanied

(Newser) - The federal government has chosen a military base in Oklahoma as the location for a new temporary shelter to house migrant children and is considering a customs port in southern New Mexico as another option as existing shelters are overwhelmed. The Office of Refugee Resettlement said Tuesday it's dealing... More »

Trump Accidentally Reveals 'Secret' Mexico Deal

Photographers were able to capture details

(Newser) - President Trump again claimed to have a "secret" deal with Mexico on Tuesday—and while he declined to provide details for reporters at the White House, he helpfully displayed a piece of paper that he said was part of the agreement. A photo tweeted by Washington Post photographer Jabin... More »

Trump: Mexico Tariffs Still Due to Kick In on Monday

'Not nearly enough' progress made in talks, he says

(Newser) - President Trump says new tariffs on all imports from Mexico will start Monday unless a lot more progress is made in talks with Mexican officials. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard at the White House Wednesday, but the... More »

New Migrant Arrest Tally Equals 'Full-Blown Emergency'

CBP reveals highest numbers in 13 years

(Newser) - American border officials arrested over 144,000 migrants in May—an eye-popping number that was released Wednesday amid contentious negotiations between US and Mexican officials over the migrant flow, the New York Times reports. According to Customs and Border Patrol , the arrest tally was 32% higher than April's, the... More »

Trump's Mexico Tariff Plan Alarms Business Leaders

Sen. Grassley slams 'misuse of authority'

(Newser) - President Trump's plan to slap escalating tariffs on all imports from Mexico until the country stops the flow of migrants coming north is being criticized by business leaders—and a GOP senator who is usually a reliable Trump ally. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee,... More »

Trump Announces New Tariffs Until Mexico Stops Migrants

He warns that they could go up to 25%

(Newser) - President Trump has vowed to slap new tariffs on all goods from Mexico—and to keep increasing them until the country stops migrants coming to the US. On June 10, the US "will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time... More »

Border Agents Set a Record, Detaining 1K People at Once

Immigrants are traveling in large groups more often

(Newser) - Border agents took more than 1,000 migrants into custody near El Paso, Texas, after they crossed into the US illegally Wednesday, officials say—the largest group ever encountered by the Border Patrol, per NBC . More immigrants have been traveling in large groups recently, advocates say, for safety. Medical teams... More »

They Didn't Raise $1B. They Are Building a Wall Anyway

Short section going up on private land in New Mexico

(Newser) - In December, a "We the People Will Build the Wall" campaign launched on GoFundMe with a $1 billion goal. It didn't raise anywhere close to that, but roughly a third of the nearly $22 million a nonprofit subsequently ended up getting is now being used to build a... More »

TSA Plans to Send Hundreds to the Border

Airport security screeners not said to be part of that group

(Newser) - Summer is looming, but a number of Transportation Security Administration workers will soon head not to airports but to the US-Mexico border. CNN first reported the news by way of an internal email it viewed from Gary Renfrow to regional TSA management. In it, Renfrow cited the "immediate need... More »

Shanahan Reveals Plan for Border Security

The acting defense secretary wants to leave the Pentagon behind

(Newser) - On a trip to a border city in Texas, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the government's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help, the AP reports. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to... More »

Baby Dies, 2 Kids Feared Drowned After Migrants' Raft Overturns

Raft overturned in the Rio Grande, man is also missing

(Newser) - A 10-month-old baby was found dead Thursday and three other migrants were feared drowned after their raft flipped in the night on the Rio Grande as they tried to cross the US-Mexico border, law enforcement officials said. The missing included a 7-year-old boy and another child believed to be around... More »

Trump Wants to Charge Asylum Seekers to Apply

President orders crackdown on 'rampant abuse'

(Newser) - President Trump is proposing charging asylum-seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross into the US. In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to... More »

Pope Puts His Money Where the Migrants Are

Francis donates $500K in humanitarian aid for those stranded at the US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, reports the AP , offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging, and basic necessities. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter'... More »

Mystery at the Border: Boy With Writing on Shoes

3-year-old found alone in cornfield on Tuesday

(Newser) - The popular kids show PAW Patrol flashed on a computer screen at a Border Patrol station in Texas on Tuesday. In front of the screen sat a 3-year-old boy officials had just found crying alone in a cornfield in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, not far from the US-Mexico... More »

Militia Allegedly Trained to Kill Obama, Clinton

Assassination tip led FBI to leader

(Newser) - The leader of a militia group active near the US-Mexico border allegedly claimed he was training members to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros, according to documents presented in federal court Monday. A probable cause statement said FBI agents visited the New Mexico home of Larry Hopkins,... More »

FBI Busts Leader of Border Vigilante Group

Larry Hopkins charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm

(Newser) - A New Mexico man belonging to an armed group that has detained Central American families near the US-Mexico border was arrested Saturday in a border community on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said that... More »

Trump's Comment to Border Official Causes a Stir

President reportedly told McAleenan to close the border, promised a pardon. But was it a joke?

(Newser) - The New York Times and CNN are reporting that President Trump had an eyebrow-raising conversation with US immigration official Kevin McAleenan. Both outlets say Trump urged McAleenan in private to close the southern border to migrants, then promised him a pardon if he ran into legal trouble for doing so.... More »

'Frustrated' Kirstjen Nielsen Hands In Her Resignation

Kevin McAleenan will become acting head of Homeland Security

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the decision said. President Donald Trump thanked her for her work in a tweet and announced US Customs and... More »

Trump Gives Mexico a One-Year Warning

President eases threat to immediately close the border

(Newser) - The US-Mexico border won't be closed after all. A few days ago, President Trump threatened to shut the border as early as this week unless Mexico stopped all illegal immigration immediately. On Thursday, the president replaced the threat with a warning: If Mexico doesn't stop illegal drugs and... More »

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