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As others are blocked, Colombians reach US through Mexico

May. 12, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When his cellphone and computer accessories business was hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Alvaro started thinking about leaving Colombia for the U.S. The 55-year-old, who said he also faced discrimination in Colombia for his sexual orientation, learned this year...

Border Patrol agent charged in assault of juvenile in Texas

May. 06, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Southwest Texas has been arrested and charged with assaulting and mistreating a juvenile in custody, the agency said Friday. The agent based in the Del Rio area, along the border with Mexico, was arrested Monday by...

US preps for even busier border amid lifting of health order

Apr. 26, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration released a plan Tuesday to deal with an expected increase in already high numbers of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border from the planned lifting of a public health order that prevents people from seeking asylum — and that Republican and some Democratic...

Customs seizes counterfeit 1936 Red Wings' Stanley Cup rings

Apr. 26, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized 10 counterfeit Stanley Cup rings for the 1936 Detroit Red Wings championship team due to trademark violations, the agency announced Tuesday. Customs officers at the Port of Champlain facility found the rings...

US, Cuba hold highest-level talks in four years

Apr. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba on Thursday held their highest-level diplomatic talks in four years after a severe disruption in ties during the Trump administration. The discussions in Washington between senior State Department officials and Cuba’s deputy foreign...

Migrant crossings spike as US plans to lift curb on asylum

Apr. 18, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at the highest level in two decades as the U.S. prepares for even larger numbers with the expected lifting of a pandemic-era order that turned away asylum seekers. Immigration authorities stopped migrants 221,303...

Texas halts truck inspections that caused border gridlock

Apr. 15, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday repealed his traffic-clogging immigration order that backed up commercial trucks at the U.S.-Mexico border, after a week of intensifying backlash and fears of deepening economic losses. The Republican governor dropped his new...

EXPLAINER: Why did Texas hold up trucks on border for days?

Apr. 15, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to impose additional inspections of trucks entering Texas from Mexico was his latest move in an unprecedented foray into border security, which has long been the federal government's domain. The two-term governor, like many...

US speeds entry for Ukrainians as more reach Mexico border

Apr. 07, 2022 21:17 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The United States has sharply increased the number of Ukrainians admitted to the country at the Mexican border as even more refugees fleeing the Russian invasion follow the same circuitous route. A government recreation center in the Mexican border city of...

Federal lawsuit seeks to block end to sweeping asylum limits

Apr. 04, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Conservative-led governments in Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri have sued President Joe Biden's administration to prevent federal officials from ending a public health rule that allows many asylum seekers to be turned away at the southern U.S. border. The lawsuit...