Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

Man from Mexico dies in federal custody at US border

Jan. 14, 2022 23:17 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 38-year-old man from Mexico died in federal custody in San Diego on Wednesday after he was detained on an accusation of crossing the border illegally. Authorities are investigating his death. The man, whose name has not been released, reportedly went into medical...

Investigation of journalists by Customs unit is under review

Jan. 03, 2022 16:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review has been launched into the actions of a special Customs and Border Protection unit that used sensitive government databases intended to track terrorists to investigate as many as 20 U.S.-based journalists, including one from The Associated Press. ...

Border agency authorized to clean up wall construction sites

Dec. 22, 2021 13:58 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been authorized to start cleaning up construction sites and close small gaps in the southern border wall nearly a year after President Joe Biden took office and ordered building to stop. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro...

Mexican woman shot in head by US Border Patrol files claim

Dec. 15, 2021 14:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys for a Mexican woman who was shot in the head by a Border Patrol agent and survived announced Wednesday that they filed a claim against the U.S government as a precursor to a federal lawsuit. The claim filed with the Border Patrol by Marisol García...

AP seeks answers from US gov't on tracking of journalists

Dec. 13, 2021 22:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. In a...

Watchdog: Federal anti-terror unit investigated journalists

Dec. 11, 2021 20:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A special Customs and Border Protection unit used sensitive government databases intended to track terrorists to investigate as many as 20 U.S.-based journalists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporter, according to a federal watchdog. Yahoo...

Inside Biden’s border plans: How optimism turned to chaos

Nov. 03, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For about four months before President Joe Biden took office, advisers engaged in intense internal debate about how quickly they should undo his predecessor's hardline border policies. The answer, almost always, was that Donald Trump's mark...

Lawmakers demand apology for border detention of Iranians

Nov. 02, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. congresswomen renewed demands Tuesday for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide a formal apology and release records in connection with the January 2020 detainment of 200 Iranian Americans at the U.S.-Canada border. Reps. Pramila...

2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Oct. 25, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

Two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday in the most detailed public account yet of an episode that tarnished the agency's reputation. ...