Latest Border security News

62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts

Jul. 15, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and migrants. Most are under investigation for posts that surfaced in a...

The Latest: Trump approves federal declaration due to Barry

Jul. 11, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 10:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast. The...

The Latest: Immigration sweeps won't target storm evacuees

Jul. 11, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

The Latest on immigration raids (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Officials say migrant families who are evacuating due to Tropical Storm Barry will not be targeted during a nationwide immigration enforcement operation that could happen as soon as this weekend. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a news...

Trump administration plans immigration enforcement operation

Jul. 11, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it's the best use of resources given the crisis at the border. The operation could happen as soon as...

APNewsBreak: Customs clarifies policy on plane ID searches

Jul. 11, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is clarifying that airline passengers aren't required to submit to identification checks when getting off planes if there's no law enforcement-related reason. The new policy directive comes as a result of a settlement in a lawsuit; the documents were...

The Latest: 200 unaccompanied kids in Border Patrol custody

Jul. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Latest on unaccompanied immigrant children in government custody (all times local): 1:35 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says only 200 unaccompanied immigrant children remain in Border Patrol custody. That's compared to up to 2,700 children the agency had last...

Border numbers drop amid heat, Mexico crackdown

Jul. 9, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security officials said Tuesday there was a 28% drop in the number of migrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection last month, amid a crackdown on migrants by Mexico. There were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before. Homeland Security...

Report: Focus on Mexican border may cost northern resources

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Plans to reduce staffing shortages on the U.S. border with Canada could be hindered because the focus is on border security at the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a report by the federal Government Accountability Office. The U.S. Border Patrol, the agency responsible for...

US Customs seizes ship where huge cocaine load was found

Jul. 8, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Customs authorities have seized a cargo ship where agents discovered nearly 40,000 pounds, or almost 18,000 kilograms, of cocaine when the vessel arrived in Philadelphia last month, U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced Monday. Customs and Border Protection officials obtained a...

DHS official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations

Jul. 8, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. 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...