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Homeland Chief Defends Child Facilities

Kevin McAleenan appears on ABC's 'This Week'

(Newser) - Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at US Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump's immigration policy, a trademark issue for his reelection campaign. "It's an extraordinarily challenging situation," McAleenan tells... More »

Court Rules Against Border Wall Funding

Appeals court says Trump can't use Pentagon cash

(Newser) - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in... More »

Mexican Police Revolt Against National Guard Plan

Deployments to southern border begin

(Newser) - Hundreds of federal police blocked highways in and around the Mexican capital Wednesday in open revolt against plans to absorb the officers into the newly formed National Guard, a move that police fear could upend their jobs. The protests came as the government officially began deploying the National Guard to... More »

Judge: Trump Can't Use Military Money for His Wall

'All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis': California AG

(Newser) - A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. in Oakland acted on two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended... More »

Trump Blames Democrats for Deaths of Migrant Dad, Toddler

Haunting photo captured their bodies

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday blamed Democrats for the deaths of a migrant father and toddler girl whose bodies are depicted in searing photographs that have become a symbol of the perils faced by those trying to cross illegally into the US, the AP reports. Speaking with reporters as he left... More »

Senate Passes Border Bill After Rejecting House's Version

Pelosi says House won't send the Senate bill to Trump without changes

(Newser) - The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children. The sweeping 84-8 vote came less than 24 hours after the Democratic-controlled House approved... More »

Workers Plan Walkout to Protest Sales to Migrant Camps

They're not happy about Wayfair's detention center contract

(Newser) - Workers at online furniture giant Wayfair say they don't want any part in what the US government is doing to migrants on America's southern border. Hundreds of workers are planning a walkout Wednesday to protest the company's sale of beds to a migrant detention center in Texas,... More »

In Area 'Rife With Human Trafficking,' a Sad Discovery

Bodies of woman, toddler, 2 babies found at US-Mexico border near Rio Grande

(Newser) - Four bodies were found along the US-Mexico border Sunday night, and three of them were young children. The remains of a 20-year-old woman, a toddler, and two infants were found in a brushy area near the Rio Grande, southeast of Anzalduas Park in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, KRGV... More »

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 »

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