Border security

Lucia Ascencio, of Venezuela, carries a suitcase after she and her husband and two sons were returned to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, as part of the first group of migrants sent back to Mexico's Tamaulipas state under the so-called Remain in Mexico program for U.S. asylum seekers, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Approximately 10 migrants crossed the border Monday to seek U.S. asylum and were sent back on Tuesday to wait as their applications are processed. (AP Photo/Salvador Gonzalez)
July 09, 2019 - 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security officials said Tuesday there was a 28% drop in the number of migrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection last month, amid a crackdown on migrants by Mexico. There were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before. Homeland...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2019 file photo, people hold signs that read "families belong together" in both English and Spanish during a vigil at Alice Hope Wilson Park in Brownsville, Texas to advocate against the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. As the crisis at the border has deepened, as pregnant teens and teens with babies who are coming to the U.S. without their own parents face perilous conditions, according to immigrant advocates and attorneys who say that particular population of minors at the border faces extreme hardship. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald via AP, File)
July 04, 2019 - 4:12 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — As tales of wretchedness and overcrowding in government border detention facilities abound, one group of migrants is particularly vulnerable: teen moms and pregnant girls without parents of their own. Immigrant advocates and lawyers say the young mothers don't get special medical...
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, is escorted back to her vehicle after she speaks at the Border Patrol station in Clint about what she saw at area border facilities Monday, July 1, at the station in Clint. (Briana Sanchez / El Paso Times via AP)
July 03, 2019 - 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pivoted Wednesday from a divisive fight over a border bill to what they label the government's "willful neglect" and "callous" treatment of thousands of detained migrants, even as President Donald Trump defended Border Patrol agents and said many people being held "are...
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, is escorted back to her vehicle after she speaks at the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, about what she saw at area border facilities Monday, July 1, 2019. (Briana Sanchez/El Paso Times via AP)
July 03, 2019 - 5:14 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Before the rise of social media, Border Patrol agents gathered in parking lots at the end of their shifts for what was known as "choir practice" — a chance to share what they saw that day and anything else on their minds. T.J. Bonner, who led the National Border Patrol Council...
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July 03, 2019 - 8:11 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport thwarted a man's attempt to import several pounds of African rat meat. Customs spokesman Steve Bansbach said Tuesday that the man declared the 32 pounds of meat on June 26 when his...
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Rep. Joaquin Castro speaks alongside members of the Hispanic Caucus after touring inside of the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, Monday, July 1, 2019. Castro's identical twin, presidential candidate Julian Castro, held a rally outside the building over the weekend. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
July 02, 2019 - 11:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The intensity of President Donald Trump's hardline approach to immigration hasn't just pushed the Republican Party rightward — it's also moving Democrats in ways that are profoundly transforming the immigration debate. Gone are hopes for a big, bipartisan immigration overhaul once...
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, is escorted back to her vehicle after she speaks at the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, about what she saw at area border facilities Monday, July 1, 2019. (Briana Sanchez/El Paso Times via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 12:45 pm
CLINT, Texas (AP) — The head of the U.S. Border Patrol slammed as "completely inappropriate" sexually explicit posts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man and his young daughter in a secret Facebook group for agents. The...
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In this June 26, 2019 photo, the entrance to the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
July 02, 2019 - 11:10 am
For almost two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. She was one of hundreds of migrant children who have been held...
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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2019, file photo, passengers wait in line at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The chief of the TSA said Monday, July 1, that travelers should see only a slight increase in checkpoint wait times over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend despite the diversion of about 350 employees including screeners to the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 01, 2019 - 6:14 pm
The chief of the Transportation Security Administration says travelers should see only a slight increase in checkpoint wait times over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend despite the diversion of about 350 employees including screeners to the U.S.-Mexico border. David Pekoske said Monday that TSA...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a news conference ahead of the Fourth of July break, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 27, 2019. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will "reluctantly" pass the Senate version of a border funding package even though it won't include the increased migrant protections Democrats had wanted. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 28, 2019 - 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls himself the Grim Reaper — the one who holds the scythe leading to the chamber where the desires of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House majority go to die. It is a role that can bring a pursed smile to his face. This week, he had many reasons...
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