Latest Border security News

Biden: Congress should immediately make 'Dreamers' citizens

Jun. 24, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

Weighing in on immigration before first Democratic debates, Joe Biden is proposing that Congress grant immediate citizenship to more than 800,000 U.S. residents who were brought to the country illegally as children. The former vice president and Democratic polling leader introduced some of his immigration...

Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kids

Jun. 21, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

CLINT, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers on Friday were calling for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It's a scene that is being repeated...

Diversion of customs agents slows Global Entry interviews

Jun. 21, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to shift some Customs and Border Protection agents to the southern border is leading the agency to cancel some interviews for the Global Entry traveler-screening program. Travel-industry groups have expressed concern that the move will hurt Global...

Texas sending another 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Jun. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will send another 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border while accusing Congress of failing to take action on the growing humanitarian crisis. The governor said at an afternoon press conference among...

Cocaine haul from ship grows, arrests now stand at 6

Jun. 21, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities have upped the amount of cocaine they seized from a ship at the Philadelphia port to more than 35,000 pounds, or 15,876 kilograms, making it the largest cocaine haul in the history of U.S. Customs, authorities said Friday. They put the street value of the drugs at...

Attorneys: Texas border facility is neglecting migrant kids

Jun. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they've been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy toddler who was handed to them by a guard days ago. Lawyers warn that kids are taking care of kids, and there's inadequate...

Lawyers: 250 children held in bad conditions at Texas border

Jun. 20, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation, according to a legal team that interviewed dozens of children at a Border Patrol station in Texas. The attorneys who...

AP Interview: Border official says aid needed to save lives

Jun. 20, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez fell ill in a holding facility at the U.S.-Mexico border, he was diagnosed with the flu and given medication, then sent back to a cell to recuperate on a concrete bench. But Carlos didn't get better. The Guatemalan migrant died May 20 from flu...

Migrants complain of poor conditions at US holding centers

Jun. 15, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for...

Doctors will conduct health checks at facility with preemie

Jun. 15, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

The teenage girl with pigtail braids was hunched over in a wheelchair and holding a bunched sweatshirt when an immigrant advocate met her at a crowded Border Patrol facility in Texas. She opened the sweatshirt and the advocate gasped. It was a tiny baby, born premature and held in detention instead of where the...