Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

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...

Florida-bound evacuees from Bahamas asked to get off ferry

Sep. 9, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — More than 100 Bahamians who hoped to evacuate to Florida after Hurricane Dorian but didn't have visas were kicked off a ferry because operators failed to coordinate the mission with authorities, officials said Monday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the agency...

New Mexico border crossing touted as safer, welcoming entry

Sep. 9, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The new port's walls mimic the color of the desert, the slanted roof mirrors peaks on the horizon and native vegetation freshens the landscape. While debate continues to churn over President Donald Trump's plans to build a $6 billion border wall — sharp-tipped and painted black...

US tells migrant woman 8 months pregnant to wait in Mexico

Sep. 6, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and experiencing contractions, a Salvadoran woman who had crossed the Rio Grande and was apprehended by the Border Patrol was forced to go back to Mexico. Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the contractions....

Many moms say kid's health worsened in immigration custody

Sep. 4, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many mothers detained in border stations this summer reported the health of their children worsened while in custody, recounting bouts of fever, diarrhea and respiratory illness they say were not properly treated, according to a nonprofit legal group's questionnaire of 200 detained women....

Officials: Spanish man in LA airport admitted Mexico killing

Aug. 30, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 19-year-old Spanish man trying to enter the United States through Los Angeles International Airport confessed to killing someone he caught with his girlfriend the day before in Mexico City, U.S. authorities said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection detailed the incident in a statement...

US: 6-month-old migrant girl recovering in hospital

Aug. 29, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 6-month-old migrant girl who was hospitalized after being taken across the U.S.-Mexico border illegally has improved to stable condition. The baby was airlifted Saturday to a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and listed in critical condition. U.S. Customs and Border...

Mexico's Playa Bagdad mixes sun, sand and drug trafficking

Aug. 27, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

PLAYA BAGDAD, Mexico (AP) — At the very eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border there's a long strip of sand where the Rio Grande meets the sea. It is called Playa Bagdad — or 'Bagdad Beach.' Unlike the Tijuana-Imperial Beach border on the western end, here there are no steel pilings marching out to...

US sued over Honduran man's suicide after family separation

Aug. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A new lawsuit blames the Trump administration's family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas' Starr County, which operated the local jail where...

Officials seize marijuana mixed with jalapeño peppers

Aug. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port. A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego. A CBP news...