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FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, file photo, a Border Patrol agent talks with a group suspected of having entered the U.S. illegally near McAllen, Texas. The Trump administration has quietly shut down the nation's asylum system for the first time in decades amid coronavirus concerns, largely because holding people in custody is considered too dangerous. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US expels thousands to Mexico after largely halting asylum

Apr. 9, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn't let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter fled Honduras and needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus. It was just days after the Trump administration essentially shut down the nation's asylum system. “The agent told us about the virus and that we...

Volunteers Keshia Link, left, and Dan Peterson unload boxes of donated gloves and alcohol wipes from a car at a drive-up donation site for medical supplies at the University of Washington to help fight the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Key medical glove factories cutting staff 50% amid virus

Mar. 24, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

Malaysia's medical glove factories, which make most of the world's critical hand protection, are operating at half capacity just when they're most needed, The Associated Press has learned. Health care workers snap gloves on as the first line of protection against catching COVID-19 from patients, and they're...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, migrants return to Mexico as other migrants line up on their way to request asylum in the U.S., at the foot of the Puerta Mexico bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, that crosses into Brownsville, Texas. One by one, asylum-seekers from El Salvador and Honduras who are waiting in Mexico for court hearings in the United States appeared before an immigration judge to explain why, after months of effort, they couldn't find an attorney. Only 5.3% of asylum-seekers subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols, as the

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

Mar. 22, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration official said Sunday that illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, but there was confusion about how it was all working. Anyone caught crossing the border illegally...

Silvia Shadden, 68, in blue, pulls a cart as she leaves a U.S. customs checkpoint in El Paso, Texas after a she went to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico for a doctor's appointment on Friday, March 20, 2020. Shadden, of El Paso, says she needs a weekly vitamin injection to prevent muscle atrophy. Her medicine costs $10 in Ciudad Juarez and $70 in El Paso. She walks more than a mile to get the treatment. She fears that the border may close and she won't be able to afford medicine in the U.S. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Virus prompts US and Mexico to restrict border travel

Mar. 20, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico and the U.S. announced Friday that they would prohibit all “non-essential” travel across their shared border as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Both countries and Canada also agreed to immediately turn back anyone trying to cross their...

A border patrol agent walks along a border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

New restrictions coming on travel between the US and Mexico

Mar. 20, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. officials are expected to announce new restrictions on the southern border Friday as they try to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. and Mexico have been working on plans to limit cross-border traffic, according to officials on both sides of the border. The plan is...

Pregnant 19-year-old dies trying to climb US border wall

Mar. 12, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 19-year-old pregnant woman from Guatemala died this week from injuries suffered when she fell trying to climb the U.S. border wall near El Paso, Texas, U.S. and Guatemalan authorities said Thursday. Guatemala identified the woman as Mirian Stephany Girón Luna. Medical personnel tried...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, Luis, left, a migrant fleeing gang violence in Michoacan, sits with his 13-year-old son on a bench in a public park facing a tent camp for refugees in Juarez, Mexico. Luis' family has lived in the camp for two months while they wait to apply for asylum in the U.S., at a border crossing about a quarter of a mile away. The Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File)

'Remain in Mexico' is just one US response to asylum-seekers

Mar. 11, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to continue making asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for their U.S. court hearings. It may be the most far-reaching measure in a series of policies the government has put in place over the last year amid an unprecedented surge of...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Mar. 9, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Coronavirus is probably here already; it’s time for Gov. Lamont — and all of us — to step up our game March 8 Hartford Courant With coronavirus spreading rapidly in Italy, the University of Connecticut announced on Saturday Feb. 29 it was...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers of the Special Response Team unit, patrol on the Paso del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. government says it's sending 160 military police and engineers to two official border crossings to deal with asylum seekers in case a federal appeals court strikes down one of the Trump administration's key policies. Senior Customs and Border Protections officials said Friday, March 6, 2020, that active duty personnel will be in place at ports of entry in El Paso and San Diego this weekend. (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre, File)

US sending military police to two border crossings

Mar. 6, 2020 6:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government says it is sending 160 military police and engineers to two official border crossings to deal with asylum seekers in case a federal appeals court strikes down one of the Trump administration's key policies. Senior Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday that...

A father, in white, holds the hand of his daughter as they and other asylum seekers leave court under guard after some of them learned that they won't have to return to Mexico in light of a major federal court ruling against the Trump administration on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that sending asylum seekers to wait in Mexico is illegal nationwide. The ruling came during the asylum testimony of one family in the group being put into the van. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Court halts Trump asylum policy, then suspends its own order

Feb. 29, 2020 9:28 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Trump administration immigration policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts was blocked and then reinstated by a court in the matter of hours, creating chaos at border crossings, courtrooms and legal offices. A three-judge panel of...