Latest Border security News

Homeland Security chief: Family border separations are down

Jul. 18, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children have been...

The Latest: Customs head says asylum policy being rolled out

Jul. 18, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Trump administration's new policy banning most asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border is being rolled out as a pilot program. Mark Morgan...

Immigration police detain, free 3 children at O'Hare Airport

Jul. 18, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have released three detained children who are U.S. citizens and traveling with an adult deemed "inadmissible." The children were released Thursday to their mother after intervention by Congresswoman Jan...

Ex-Customs and Border Patrol agent guilty of gun-running

Jul. 17, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander in Southern California has pleaded guilty to illegal gun-selling and unlawfully possessing more than 40 machine guns. Wei Xu acknowledged in a plea agreement Wednesday that he sold at least 99 guns without required licenses...

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...