Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

Advocates: Honduran mother, children deported to Guatemala

Jan. 21, 2020 2:40 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Honduran mother and her two children who had been hospitalized have been deported to Guatemala under a Trump administration policy of sending some people seeking asylum in the U.S. to third countries, advocates for the mother said Tuesday. Lawyers had asked a federal judge last week to...

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., left, looks on as Negah Hekmati speaks about her hours-long delay returning to the U.S. from Canada with her family days earlier, at a news conference Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Seattle. Civil rights groups and lawmakers were demanding information from federal officials following reports that dozens of Iranian-Americans were held up and questioned at the border as they returned to the United States from Canada over the weekend. In a statement Sunday, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans were detained and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Groups demand answers after Iranians say they were detained

Jan. 6, 2020 5:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Civil rights groups and lawmakers demanded information from federal officials Monday following reports that dozens of Iranian-Americans were held up and questioned at the border as they returned to the United States from Canada over the weekend. The Washington state chapter of the Council on...

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

Jan. 6, 2020 3:27 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday launched a pilot program to collect DNA from people in immigration custody and submit it to the FBI, with plans to expand nationwide. The information would go into a massive criminal database run by the FBI, where it would be held indefinitely. A memo outlining...

US agency formalizes border medical plan after migrants die

Dec. 31, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday formalized a medical plan formed in the wake of a massive surge of migrant families to the U.S.-Mexico border and a series of deaths in immigration custody. The goal was to increase medical care and efficiency. According to the directive, the...

Congolese woman, 41, dies after entering US border custody

Dec. 27, 2019 9:06 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A 41-year-old Congolese asylum seeker died Wednesday in U.S. government custody shortly after she entered a border station in South Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. CBP says the woman, who the agency did not identify, had arrived at an official port of entry in...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Domingo Caal Chub, 61, holds a smartphone displaying a photo of his granddaughter, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, in Raxruha, Guatemala. The 7-year-old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Homeland Security's watchdog found no wrongdoing or misconduct by immigration officials in the deaths of the girl and another boy last December (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros, File)

DHS watchdog finds no wrongdoing in deaths of 2 migrant kids

Dec. 21, 2019 9:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog found no wrongdoing or misconduct by immigration officials in the deaths of two migrant children last December. The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security released two brief statements Friday evening on the deaths...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border in Donna, Texas. Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, the U.S. government is finally ramping up its efforts to seize the private land it needs to build a border wall in South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US heads to court to build Trump border wall in Texas

Dec. 21, 2019 9:18 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, the U.S. government is ramping up its efforts to seize private land in Texas to build a border wall. Trump's signature campaign promise has consistently faced political, legal, and environmental obstacles in Texas, which has the largest section of...

File-In this Friday, March 15, 2019, file photo, families hoping to seek asylum in the United States wait on the bridge connecting Reynosa, Mexico, to Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. border officers who were charged with turning away asylum seekers coming from Mexico accused their leadership of misleading the public and disregarding concerns for their own safety, according to newly released documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Letter: Officers felt unsafe enacting Trump asylum crackdown

Dec. 20, 2019 12:06 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border officers charged with turning away asylum seekers under Trump administration policy accused their leadership of misleading the public and disregarding concerns for their own safety, according to documents released to The Associated Press. A March 2019 letter sent to the head of...

A 7-year-old asylum-seeker waits as her mother Isabel, right, and immigration lawyer Charlene D'Cruz, left, as they figure out where they will be spending the night after being processed at the Port of Entry in Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. The girl who is unable to contain her own waste due to a congenital illness and who had been refused entry to the United States three times has finally been allowed into the country. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas)

In reversal, border agents allow sick 7-year-old to enter US

Dec. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A 7-year-old child who is unable to contain her own waste due to a congenital illness and who had been refused entry to the United States three times was finally allowed into the country Tuesday, after U.S. border agents exempted her and her mother from the Trump administration's...

Customs and Border Protection trainee fatally shot at bar

Dec. 16, 2019 9:28 AM EST

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A man who was fatally shot outside a bar in coastal Georgia has been identified as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trainee who had gotten into a shoving match with another man. The two men got into an argument inside a bar in St. Simons Island early Sunday morning,...