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FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during as he reviews border wall prototypes, in San Diego, as Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief, listens. The Trump administration has named Rodney Scott the new head of the U.S. Border Patrol. Scott will take over for Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to an announcement obtained Friday by The Associated Press from Mark Morgan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Scott has been a member of the Border Patrol for 27 years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Career Border Patrol official picked to lead agency

Jan. 24, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday named a 27-year Border Patrol veteran who has forcefully advocated for the president's agenda to lead the agency after a surge of asylum-seeking families led to increased scrutiny and unprecedented turmoil on the Mexican border. Rodney Scott follows...

This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine seized after smugglers tried to float it across the border from Nogales, Mexico, by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, federal officials said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Border Patrol agents in Nogales, Ariz. on Jan. 17 arrested two Mexican men after they were seen retrieving the 70 packages and stuffing them into duffel bags on the Arizona side, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

US agents seize drugs floated through border drainage tunnel

Jan. 24, 2020 12:45 PM EST

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Smugglers tried to float over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine across the border by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, federal officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents in Nogales on Jan. 17...

Protesters stand outside the federal courthouse where a hearing was scheduled for Northeastern University student Shahab Dehghani, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Boston. Dehghani arrived on a flight into Boston on Monday but was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at Logan International Airport and then was deported. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo)

Lawmakers, professors seek return of Iranian college student

Jan. 23, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal lawmakers and college professors in Massachusetts are demanding answers after an Iranian student was denied entry into the U.S. despite a court order temporarily staying his removal. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to U.S. Customs...

Migrant children run away from clashes with Mexican National Guards after their group crossed the Suchiate River on foot from Guatemala to Mexico, on the riverbank near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants hoping to reach United States marooned in Guatemala are walking en masse across a river leading to Mexico in an attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

Migrants scuffle with Mexican troops along border river

Jan. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Central American migrants waded across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico on Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump's Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border. Some scuffled with national guardsmen on the riverbank while...

Tucson police withdraws from federal border-security grant

Jan. 18, 2020 1:01 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson Police Department is withdrawing from the Operation Stonegarden border security grant program after claims the program does not align with their mission, police department leaders said. The state Department of Homeland Security was notified of the decision in a December...

U.S. Border Patrol agent injured in Maine snowmobile crash

Jan. 18, 2020 8:31 AM EST

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent was injured in a snowmobile crash in remote northern Maine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In a Friday news release datelined Jackman, Maine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agent was “patrolling his area of...

Homeland Security asks Pentagon to use counter-narcotics funds to pay for 270 miles of border wall

Jan. 16, 2020 4:40 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security asks Pentagon to use counter-narcotics funds to pay for 270 miles of border wall.
Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, center, shakes hands with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, as they surrounded by security in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greece threatens to block Libya deal over sea border dispute

Jan. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. Mitsotakis' comments during a TV interview came a...

Enrique Balcazar of Migrant Justice speaks at a press conference in the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The group announced a settlement of a lawsuit against the Department of Motor Vehicles, accusing the department of sharing information about immigrants with the federal government, leading to deportations. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Vermont settles suit alleging it sent immigrant info to feds

Jan. 15, 2020 5:28 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to change some procedures, and undergo monitoring and training for workers to settle a lawsuit accusing it of giving information about immigrant farm workers to federal authorities, leading to arrests and deportations, an immigrant...

US sending Mexican migrants 1,000 miles from border

Jan. 14, 2020 8:43 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday it will start deporting about 250 Mexicans a week on flights from Tucson, Arizona, to Guadalajara, over 1,000 miles (1,640 kilometers) from the border. The move reflects how Mexicans have become a higher priority in border enforcement as fewer Central...