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Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint

Steve King says claims of immigrants drinking out of toilets are overblown, but AOC fires back

(Newser) - Seldom has a drink of water caused such a political controversy. But Congressman Steve King's gulp at an immigration detention facility has reignited a debate about conditions on the US-Mexico border and drawn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the fray. The details about what's going on:
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US-Born Teen Detained by Border Patrol Released

Francisco Erwin Galicia's case became immigration flashpoint

(Newser) - A US-born 18-year-old was released from immigration custody Tuesday after wrongfully being detained for more than three weeks, the AP reports. Francisco Erwin Galicia left a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, Texas, on Tuesday. His lawyer, Claudia Galan, confirmed he had been released, less than a... More »

New Rule Makes Big Change to Asylum Law

It would vastly restrict number of migrants who can apply for asylum in America

(Newser) - A new rule that fundamentally changes US asylum law and would dramatically reduce the number of migrants who can apply at the border goes into effect Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. An immediate legal challenge is expected. The new rule, published in the Federal Register , stipulates that any migrant... More »

Border Patrol Chief Belonged to Online Group She Criticized

Carla Provost did not post anything controversial herself in 'I'm 10-15'

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Border Patrol chief Carla Provost condemned newly unearthed racist and sexist posts by agency employees as "completely inappropriate." Now, the Intercept reports a twist on the story: Provost herself once belonged to the private Facebook group in which they originated. She did not post anything... More »

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 »

As Inspectors Visited, Detained Migrants Begged for Help

Report calls border situation 'a ticking time bomb'

(Newser) - In one photo, one of 88 men in a cell meant for 41 presses a piece of cardboard against the window, with the word "help." In another, a man lowers his head and clasps his hands as if in prayer. And in a third, a woman wearing a... More »

AOC's Tour of Migrant Facilities Got Tense

She accused guards of being disrespectful, and they say the same of her

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of Congress visited migrant detention facilities on the border Monday, and one tangible issue has emerged in the headlines—toilet water. AOC and at least two other lawmakers say women being held at the facilities told them guards instructed them to drink toilet water... More »

Border Patrol Head Condemns Agents' Facebook Posts

Secret group unearthed as lawmakers tour Texas facility

(Newser) - The head of the US Border Patrol on Monday slammed as "completely inappropriate" sexually explicit posts about US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man and his young daughter in a secret Facebook group for agents. The existence of the group... More »

Border Patrol Refuses Donations of Diapers, Soap

Texas state Rep. Terry Canales says situation is 'disgusting'

(Newser) - A group of friends say they were ignored by Border Patrol agents while trying to deliver $340 worth of diapers, soap, and toys to a Texas facility where migrant children were said to be going without . Austin Savage, one of the group of six, says the lobby of the facility... More »

Migrant Children Removed From 'Appalling' Texas Facility

Some kids have been moved to a tent camp

(Newser) - Federal authorities have confirmed that hundreds of children have been removed from a Texas facility where they had been kept in vile conditions that shocked visiting attorneys . Department of Homeland Security officials tell NBC News that around 300 children have been moved from the Border Patrol facility in Clint, some... More »

CBP: Girl From India Dies in Desert on Way to US

Death took place in 'dangerous and austere location' in Arizona

(Newser) - The body of a 7-year-old girl believed to be from India was found this week in a remote part of the Arizona desert just over the border with Mexico, a death that a Border Patrol official is calling "senseless," reports the Daily Beast . Per a Customs and Border... More »

Did He Help or Harbor Migrants? The Jury Is Hung

Scott Warren is in the clear—for now

(Newser) - An Arizona man says he helped two migrants out of the kindness of his heart. Federal prosecutors say he conspired to transport the men while shielding them from Border Patrol agents. And jurors can't decide who they believe. The case, in which 36-year-old geography teacher Scott Warren faced up... 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 »

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 Appears at Surprise White House Briefing

The subject: border wall

(Newser) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a surprise briefing Thursday, giving just five minutes notice before it began, Mediaite reports. President Trump himself opened the briefing after Sanders introduced him, CNN reports. Two New York Times writers noted on Twitter that while the POTUS once "stuck his... More »

Nielsen: This Is What Happens 'When Migrants Come Illegally'

Homeland Security chief calls the death of 7-year-old girl 'heart-wrenching'

(Newser) - The Trump administration views the death of a 7-year-old girl in the custody of US Border Patrol as "a very sad example of the dangers" migrants face during illegal border crossings. "We cannot stress how dangerous the journey is when migrants come illegally," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen... More »

Migrant Girl, 7, Dies in Border Patrol Custody

She was part of group that surrendered after crossing desert

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection is facing some tough questions after the death of a 7-year-old girl in its custody. The girl, a migrant from Guatemala, died from dehydration and shock after she was taken into CBP custody with her father on Dec. 6, the Washington Post reports. They were part... More »

Expected Smoke, Surprise Flames at Gender-Reveal Party

Video shows start of Arizona's Sawmill Fire in 2017

(Newser) - Blue smoke indicating Dennis Dickey would be the father to a baby boy was briefly visible. But the flames erupting at the off-duty Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal party on state land in Green Valley, Ariz., quickly stole the focus, per the Arizona Daily Star . A man warned those gathered... More »

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