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  • Trump administration Jan 14

    Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, 1st Woman to Lead Agency, to Step Down

    Carla Provost, one of the longer-serving members of President Donald Trump’s administration, is stepping down as chief of U.S. Border Patrol, a spokesperson for the agency said Tuesday. There was no immediate indication who will replace Provost, a 25-year veteran who is the first woman to lead the agency, officials said. Her departure was first reported by the Washington Examiner....

  • border patrol Jan 10

    US Border Arrests Drop as Trump Administration Turns Focus to Mexicans

    Authorities say the number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States along the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December, with Mexicans outpacing Central Americans among the detainees. U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December, down 5% from 42,651 in November and down 72% from...

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Dec 6, 2019

    Report: Teen Who Died in US Custody Unresponsive for Hours

    A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families....

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    The footage published by ProPublica shows the last hours of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, who...

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Immigration Police Detain, Free 3 Children at O’Hare Airport

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport have released three detained children who are U.S. citizens and traveling with an adult deemed “inadmissible.”

  • Jul 15, 2019

    62 Border Employees Under Internal Investigation for Posts

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and migrants. Most are under investigation for posts that surfaced in a secret group called “I’m 10-15,” where messages questioned the authenticity of images of a migrant father and...

  • Feb 8, 2019

    US Officer at Border Shoots Driver Going to Mexico

    A Customs and Border Protection officer shot and wounded a driver who was trying to enter Mexico at a crossing in Arizona, the agency said Friday. The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, told a newspaper Thursday night that the man was killed, but CBP spokeswoman Teresa Small told The Associated Press Friday the man had not died. A CBP statement said...

  • Jan 29, 2019

    Comedian Ordered Off Bus, Detained by Immigration Agents

    Mohanad Elshieky, a 27-year-old comedian traveling home to Oregon after a performance in Washington state, was ordered off a Greyhound bus by immigration agents and detained — even though he is in the country legally. After removing him from the bus, the officers asked for his identification, Elshieky recalled. He said he told them he had a driver’s license from...

  • Dec 23, 2018

    Body of Girl Who Died at US Border Returns to Guatemala

    The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was being driven hours into the countryside to be handed over to family members for a last goodbye. A white coffin containing Jakelin Caal was received in the afternoon at Guatemala City’s international airport by representatives...

  • Dec 17, 2018

    Girl’s Death Shows Communication Issues on US-Mexico Border

    Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the...

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Border Agents Face Split-Second Decisions on Use of Force

    U.S. Border Patrol agents near Tijuana, Mexico, faced a choice as they looked out over the chaos at a crowd of migrants that included rock-throwing men as well as barefoot children: Do they respond with force — and, if so, what kind?

  • Oct 29, 2018

    Pentagon Sending 5,200 Troops to Border Week Before Midterms

    The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants moving north in slow-moving caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the U.S. The number of troops being deployed...

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Agencies Were Blindsided by Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy, Report Says

    Federal immigration and health officials were blindsided by President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on migrants crossing the southwest border, triggering a cascade of problems as agencies struggled with the fallout from family separations, congressional investigators said in a critical report issued Wednesday. The investigation by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office dissects the consequences of launching a major policy change...

  • Oct 2, 2018

    Watchdog: US Unprepared for Consequences of ‘Zero Tolerance’

    Immigration officials were not prepared this summer to manage the consequences of a “zero tolerance” policy at the Southwest border, which resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from their parents, Homeland Security’s watchdog said in a report made public on Tuesday. The resulting confusion along the border led to misinformation among separated parents who did not know why...

  • Aug 9, 2018

    Carla Provost Named 1st Woman Chief of Border Patrol

    Carla Provost, a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, was officially appointed the agency’s first female chief Thursday, more than a year after she was named acting chief. In becoming the Border Patrol’s 18th chief, Provost said, “I don’t know if it’s possible to be both humble and proud, but that’s the emotion I’m feeling today.” Supporting the men...

  • Jul 31, 2018

    ‘What Went Wrong?’ Senator Grills Border Patrol Officials on Family Separations

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., grilled officials working to enforce the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border in a hearing Tuesday.

  • Jun 19, 2018

    Rep. Cummings on Family Separation: ‘We Are Better Than That!’

    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) slammed the Trump administration’s practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday in an emotional speech during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. “We will not do that. We are better than that. We are so much better,” Cummings said.

  • May 15, 2018

    Trump Pays Tribute to Fallen Officers in Emotional Ceremony

    President Donald Trump paid emotional tribute Tuesday to fallen law enforcement officers and the loved ones who carry on without them, saying those who wore the uniform “were among the bravest Americans to ever live.” “They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safety and in peace,” Trump said. Trump made a rare showing of public empathy...

  • Jan 26, 2018

    West Texas Road Work Leads to Makeshift Tunnel Near Mexico

    Investigators say road construction in West Texas has led to the discovery of a makeshift tunnel just north of the border with Mexico.

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