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In this June 29, 2020, photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a field operations officer inspects a suspect hair accessory at a centralized exam station in Newark, N.J. On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained a shipment of weaves believed to be made in a Chinese detention camp. The shipment is suspected to be human hair. Some information on the package was blurred by the source. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized

Jul. 3, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told The Associated Press that 13 tons (11.8 metric tonnes) of hair...

Border agents find big marijuana cache in truck entering US

Jun. 29, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Border agents found nearly 9500 pounds (4,300 kilograms) of marijuana hidden in a commercial truck entering Buffalo from Canada in the biggest drug seizure on record at the northern border, authorities said Monday. The driver, Prabjot Nagra, faces federal charges after an X-ray of his...

New Mexico official says no to working with US border agency

Jun. 26, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico State Land Office on Friday declined to add her signature to the renewal of a cooperative agreement with U.S. border authorities. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said she instead is siding with community members who urged her not to work with...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, Protesters rally in Phoenix during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. Many immigrants feel solidarity with the Black Lives Movement and want to participate in ongoing national marches. But they face an added risk of ending up in immigration custody if they get arrested, even for protesting peacefully. Immigrant advocates say they've been fielding calls from people who want to march but are worried about how it will affect their immigration status. In Phoenix, several young immigrants were arrested at the beginning of the movement. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

For immigrants, marching with Black Lives Matter has risks

Jun. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Among the thousands who march each day in support of the Black Lives Matter movement are immigrants and their advocates. But protesting for them has an added risk: inadvertently winding up in immigration custody. All over the country, immigrants are expressing solidarity with the movement...

FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in El Centro, Calif. A new report by a federal watchdog says the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency misspent millions of dollars meant for migrant care during the 2019 surge in border crossings. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office was released Thursday, June 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Watchdog: Agency misspent money meant for migrant care

Jun. 11, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated the law when it misspent money appropriated for migrant care on items like all-terrain vehicles, boats and its police dog program, according to a federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday...

In this May 27, 2020 photo, Columbus Elementary School students walk alone across the the new port of entry between Columbus and Palomas as the sun rises behind them. A new Columbus port of entry, designed by Corpus Christi, Texas-based Richter Architects, has earned recognition from the American Institute of Architects and Texas Society of Architects. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

Architects earn design awards for New Mexico port of entry

Jun. 7, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The construction of a 30-foot border wall marches on in the southern New Mexico desert — a real and symbolic barrier to entry. But where the U.S.-Mexico border wall ends, a tiny border crossing has won top architecture awards for its welcoming design. The Columbus port of...

Customs officials in Seattle seize unapproved COVID medicine

May. 28, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Customs officials say they seized a shipment of unauthorized COVID-19 medication at the Port of Seattle. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday the seizure involved 360 pills of Lianhua Qingwen. The medicine has been used in China and some other countries to treat the disease...

President Donald Trump lets acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf move to the podium to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US extends heightened border enforcement during coronavirus

May. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration policy of quickly expelling most migrants stopped along the border because of the COVID-19 pandemic was indefinitely extended Tuesday, with a top U.S. health official arguing that what had been a short-term order was still needed to protect the country from the...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2011 file photo, a marker in Richford, Vt., indicates the official border between the United States and Canada. Five Mexican citizens apprehended May 12, 2020, after illegally entering the U.S. in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Virus rules tighten illegal immigration on northern border

May. 16, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

Five Mexican citizens apprehended this week after illegally entering the United States in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A similar policy by the Canadian government allows the return to the...

FILE - In this May 4, 2020, file photo, Guatemalans deported from the U.S., wave from a bus after arriving at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City. U.S. border agencies quickly expelled about 600 child migrants in April after federal agencies began prohibiting asylum claims at the southern border, citing the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

May. 13, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The young migrants and asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande and clamber into the dense brush of Texas. Many are teens who left Central America on their own; others were sent along by parents from refugee camps in Mexico. They are as young as 10. Under U.S. law they would normally be...