Latest Alejandro Mayorkas News

New 'disinformation' board paused amid free speech questions

May. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board's work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board itself. ...

Mayorkas tours border to prepare for asylum limits to end

May. 18, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that authorities were prepared for an anticipated increase in migrants crossing the border from Mexico, days before a public health order is set to end after being used to turn people away nearly 2 million times...

New Mexico seeks opportunity in Texas border disruptions

May. 05, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is highlighting its support for proposals that would route an international rail line through its Santa Teresa border crossing, capitalizing on Mexico's unease with disruptions along the Texas portion of the U.S. border with Mexico. Mexico had...

DHS disinformation board's work, plans remain a mystery

May. 05, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is little credible information about the new Disinformation Governance Board. And that has made it an instant target for criticism. The board, part of the Department of Homeland Security, was announced last week. But DHS has released few...

Change trains: Mexico favors N. Mexico over Texas

May. 03, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is snubbing Texas and moving a proposed border rail link to New Mexico after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott backed up border crossings with state inspections in April. Mexican diplomats met Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security...

Scores wait in Florida heat for days outside ICE facility

May. 02, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scores of recently arrived migrants on Monday waited for an appointment with federal immigration officials outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in central Florida, continuing days of delays by federal workers in processing them for their required check-ins....

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Apr. 29, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova; Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Homeland Security...

Disinformation board to tackle Russia, migrant smugglers

Apr. 28, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is stepping up an effort to counter disinformation coming from Russia as well as misleading information that human smugglers circulate to target migrants hoping to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. “The spread of...

Federal judge halts preparations for end of US asylum limit

Apr. 27, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge ordered a two-week halt Wednesday on the phasing out of pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum — and raised doubts about the Biden administration's plan to fully lift those restrictions on May 23. For now, the decision is only a...

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...