Tag: Border Patrol (US)

Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new immigration rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will […]

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Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border

Advertisement Security measures in Texas start at the Rio Grande but extend deep into the United States, as agents and smugglers go to ever greater lengths to outfox one another. July 9, 2018 Human smugglers now charge vastly more for clandestine journeys into the United States than just a few years ago. Checkpoints like this […]

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Border Patrol Stops Canadian Fishermen in Disputed Waters Off Maine

As tensions rise between the United States and Canada, there’s a new clash in the cool waters off the northeast tip of Maine, which are rich with lobster, scallops and cod. For more than a decade, American and Canadian fishermen largely have had a friendly but competitive relationship in an oval-shaped region of the Bay […]

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Arrests at U.S.-Mexico Border Drop for First Time in Months

WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents apprehended just over 42,500 people at the southwestern border in June, according to data released on Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security, a drop in the number of migrants trying to enter the United States after a spike the previous three months. Border Patrol agents arrested 34,114 people trying […]

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‘My Whole Heart Is There’

Yeni González left her home in rural Guatemala in mid-May. Days later, she crossed the United States border, by night, with her three young children. They were picked up by Border Patrol, she said, and taken to a detention center near Yuma, Ariz. At 5 one morning, agents woke the children there and took them […]

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Opinion: At 9 He Lost His Mom to Gang Violence. At 12 He Lost His Dad to Trump’s Immigration Policies.

“Undocumented children with representation are five times more likely to be successful in their cases, but the financial hardship these cases pose are often out of reach for low-income and undocumented families,” Jennifer K. Falcon, communications director for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services said. (The group, known as Raices, has […]

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The Real Story Behind a Janitor’s Border Photos of Combs, Toys and Bibles

Advertisement Pictures of items that were taken from migrants during the Bush and Obama years have been shared widely as the immigration debate has intensified. “Pink Combs and Brushes,” a photograph taken in 2012 by Tom Kiefer, who worked as a janitor at a Customs and Border Protection center in Arizona for more than a […]

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Top Border Patrol Official to Serve as Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Agency

WASHINGTON — Ronald D. Vitiello, a senior Border Patrol official, will serve as acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the Trump administration announced on Saturday, in a move that comes amid calls by some activists and politicians for the agency to be abolished. Mr. Vitiello currently serves as the acting deputy commissioner […]

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Torn Apart by Zero Tolerance, Kept Apart by Red Tape

“A parent who is ordered removed from the U.S. may request that his or her minor child accompany them,” the statement said. “It should be noted that in the past, many parents have elected to be removed without their children.” If a parent is released from detention, the authorities say, he or she will be […]

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On Family Separation, Federal Workers Often Agonized Over Enforcement

The federal bureaucracy that carried out the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy was conflicted over it: As some officials supported the seizing of children from their migrant parents under orders from the White House, others felt helpless in their cubicles, shed tears and went home wracked with guilt. A career official at the civil rights […]

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Border Patrol Agents Shut Down Highways in Maine and New Hampshire With Checkpoints

Border Patrol officers have long come under criticism for why they decide to stop some people and not others. They have been accused of making subjective and arbitrary judgments. Customs and Border Protection instructs agents not to consider a person’s race or ethnicity. Agents are also barred from considering a person’s language, an issue that […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Wasn’t First to Separate Families, but Policy Was Still Evil

President Trump finally caved to public pressure and promised to stop separating children from parents at the border. After long insisting that he couldn’t do anything about this, he snapped his fingers and changed the policy that he had denied was a policy. Yet the next steps remain unclear and of uncertain legality. Will there […]

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Along the Border, a New Kind of Criminal Floods Federal Courts: Immigrants

In California, where Operation Streamline is set to begin next month, many migrants awaiting a hearing are being held in detention facilities far from the courts, making it difficult for them to have productive consultations with defense lawyers: They must occur by video. Reuben C. Cahn, the executive director of Federal Defenders of San Diego, […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Apologists and the Crying Children

Apparently there are some people close to Donald Trump with the capacity for shame. Not decency or courage, of course, but at least furtive recognition that they’re complicit in something vile. Over the last few days, stories of bureaucratic sadism have poured forth from America’s southern border. The Associated Press described a Texas warehouse where […]

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Immigrant Children Cry Out in Audio Recorded at Detention Center

“Mami!” the children’s voices cry out, between sobs. “Papá!” A recording of immigrant children calling out desperately for their parents after being separated from them by United States immigration authorities was released on Monday by the investigative news site ProPublica. The recording, nearly eight minutes in length, added disturbing and intimate notes to the debate […]

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5 Dead in Texas After S.U.V. Packed With Immigrants Crashes in High-Speed Chase

At least five people died on Sunday in South Texas after an S.U.V. carrying a dozen unauthorized immigrants crashed while trying to speed away from Border Patrol agents and local officials, the authorities said. Several others were injured when they were ejected from the S.U.V., which was speeding about 100 miles per hour when it […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Lesser Cruelty on Immigration

Let’s start with the easy part. The policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border, delivering them into a bureaucratic labyrinth while their fathers and mothers await trial or petition for asylum, is the wickedest thing the Trump administration has done so far — and you can tell exactly how wicked by […]

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Video Shows Border Patrol Vehicle Hitting Native American Man, Then Driving Away

ALBUQUERQUE — Tensions flared on Friday between federal authorities in Arizona and residents of a Native American reservation straddling the border with Mexico after a video surfaced in which a Border Patrol vehicle appears to hit a man from the tribe before driving away. The video, which was recorded on the phone of the victim, […]

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Honduran Man Kills Himself After Threat of Family Separation at U.S. Border, Reports Say

The death was listed in the report as a suicide by self-strangulation and hanging. Law enforcement officials who reviewed video recordings of what had happened in the cell saw that Mr. Muñoz had choked himself using his sweater and a steel grate on the floor, the report said. “C.B.P. takes every loss of life very […]

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U.S. Struggles to Stop Smuggling of Mail-Order Opioids

WASHINGTON — Federal agents are struggling to stop opioid smugglers who are reaping vast profits, according to interviews and documents, as the number of Americans dying from drug overdoses continues to rise. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security say the drugs are shipped in such minute amounts that detecting them among cargo in a […]

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