Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

Mexican immigrant who died in custody had a heart condition

Oct. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a Mexican immigrant taken in custody who later died at an Arizona hospital had a pre-existing heart condition. The name of the 49-year-old man wasn't immediately released Tuesday. CBP officials say the man was apprehended south of Casa...

Asylum-seeking Mexicans are more prominent at US border

Oct. 18, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Lizbeth Garcia tended to her 3-year-old son outside a tent pitched on a sidewalk, their temporary home while they wait for their number to be called to claim asylum in the United States. The 33-year-old fled Mexico's western state of Michoacan a few weeks ago with her husband...

British family deported after illicit US border crossing

Oct. 16, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

A British family that made an unauthorized crossing from Canada into the United States was deported Wednesday after nearly two weeks in federal custody, ending an ordeal that family members called the worst of their lives. The extended Connors family, which includes four adults, toddler twins and an infant, had...

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down

Oct. 11, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told The Associated Press he was leaving on his own terms...

Trump administration pays NGOs who helped migrants

Oct. 11, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal officials began Friday to reimburse organizations that fed, sheltered and transported migrants released this year in American towns near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Democratic lawmakers and some organizations receiving the funds. The Federal Emergency Management...

US-Mexico border bridge reopens after migrant campout

Oct. 10, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Migrants wanting to request asylum camped out on a U.S.-Mexico border bridge Thursday, leading to a half-day closure of a span linking the Mexican city of Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas. Hundreds of migrants from Central America and elsewhere stretched out on the bridge before...

Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

Oct. 8, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. The government is also blocking rubber gloves sold by...

Journalist: Customs agent insisted on 'propaganda' admission

Oct. 4, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating an allegation that a Customs agent insisted a journalist admit he writes "propaganda" before returning his passport. Ben Watson, an editor for Defense One, wrote an article Friday about his confrontation with the agent at Dulles...

US awards 3 Texas border wall contracts worth $812.6 million

Sep. 30, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. government has awarded three contracts worth more than $812.6 million for construction of about 65 miles of new border wall along the lower Rio Grande in South Texas. In a statement issued Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say the...

US border agent wounded, suspect killed during traffic stop

Sep. 14, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and wounded during a traffic stop near the Texas border city of Del Rio and that another agent shot and killed the gunman. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the two agents pulled over a vehicle Friday...