Tag: Border Patrol (US)

Border Patrol Takes a Rare Step in Shutting Down Inland Checkpoints

ALBUQUERQUE — The Border Patrol is taking the unusual step of shutting down its checkpoints across New Mexico and a swath of West Texas as officials scramble to respond to a surge in families requesting asylum along the Southwest border. A spokesman for the Border Patrol said in a statement that the temporary measure was […]

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Border Patrol Facilities in Texas Are Overflowing, Prompting Mass Releases in Border Cities

MCALLEN, Tex. — Border Patrol detention centers in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley have soared well past their capacity in recent days, prompting mass releases of migrants onto the streets as local leaders scramble to house and feed hundreds of new arrivals daily. “They’re as stressed as we are,” Jim Darling, mayor of the South Texas […]

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U.S. Tracked Activists and Journalists as Migrant Caravans Headed to the Border

LOS ANGELES — In an attempt to determine who was behind the caravans that were bringing large numbers of migrants from Central America to the southwest border, the Trump administration created a list of activists and journalists whom they subjected to additional scrutiny when they entered the United States last […]

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More Migrants Are Crossing the Border This Year. What’s Changed?

President Trump has tried to halt the arrival of undocumented migrants by beefing up border security, limiting who qualifies for asylum and, for a while, separating migrant children from their parents at the border. However, figures released on Tuesday suggest that those measures are failing to deter tens of thousands […]

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Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month

For the fourth time in five months, the number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has broken records, border enforcement authorities said Tuesday, warning that government facilities are full and agents are overwhelmed. More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, more than double the levels […]

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Another Migrant With an Illness Has Died in Border Patrol Custody

A 45-year-old Mexican migrant died on Monday in the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, an event that was sure to intensify pressure on an agency overwhelmed by record numbers of migrant families crossing the border, while its health and safety standards have come under harsh public scrutiny. […]

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Trump Worsens the Border Crisis

EL PASO — Over the last month, I have traveled in three congressional delegations to El Paso and southern New Mexico. We heard from federal law enforcement, toured detention centers and Border Patrol stations, and listened to human rights and legal advocates who have worked with migrants for decades. Some […]

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Pentagon Extends Troop Deployment at Mexican Border Through September

The deployment of active-duty United States troops at the border with Mexico will most likely be extended through September, the Pentagon said Monday. The Pentagon’s border mission had previously been scheduled to end on Dec. 15, and the Defense Department later extended the deployment into January. Then came Monday’s announcement. […]

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News Analysis: Before Trump Insisted on His Wall, Border Security Was an Issue That Could Be Discussed

WASHINGTON — Washington used to know how to have a serious debate about border security. Republicans demanded more money for Border Patrol agents and necessary fences. Democrats argued for better surveillance technology and more resources at the ports of entry. The two parties squabbled over how much to spend, how […]

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In Texas, Trump’s Visit Offers Two Views of a Border

MCALLEN, Tex. — President Trump was briefed near a county park on the Rio Grande on Thursday on the perils of drugs and violence seeping across the Mexican border. But the river he visited has seen its share of both treachery and normalcy. Just a few months earlier, a short […]

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Inquiry Into Migrant Shelters Poses Dilemma: What Happens to the Children?

A difficult situation for migrant children in government custody could grow more challenging if the largest provider in the overburdened shelter system were to lose its grants. The provider, Southwest Key Programs, faces mounting pressure after a video of staff members abusing children surfaced last month and the Justice Department […]

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The Price of Trump’s Migrant Deterrence Strategy: New Chaos on the Border

EL PASO — At a migrant shelter near the Mexican border, three girls from Guatemala — sisters aged 10, 9 and 6 — coughed and sniffled. One of them clung to both a teddy bear and a large bottle of Pedialyte, to soothe her dehydration and flu. The girls’ mother, […]

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8-Year-Old Migrant Child From Guatemala Dies in U.S. Custody

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in United States custody early Christmas Day, according to the United States Customs and Border Protection. The boy died just after midnight on Tuesday at a hospital in Alamogordo, N.M., where he and his father had been taken after a Border Patrol agent saw […]

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Impact of Border Deployments Is Felt by Troops at Home and Away

WASHINGTON — Instead of preparing for a coming deployment to Europe, soldiers with the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Tex., are checking IDs at the base’s entrance gates, filling in for troops who have been sent to the southwest border. Nearby, a medical company is not getting ready for […]

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Far From Washington, the Routine Symbiosis of the Border Plays Out in Texas and Mexico

HIDALGO, Tex. — A man crossing the bridge from Reynosa, Mexico, to Texas lugged a merry toddler-size Santa Claus piñata that he had bought for $10. Maritza Delgado monitored her small children hanging upside down on a tree next to the sidewalk as they waited to cross back to Texas. […]

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Unpaid Agents, Dark Visitor Centers, Closed Trails: Effects of the Shutdown Beginning

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — The visitors’ centers at Rocky Mountain National Park were locked and dark on Saturday. Drivers breezed through gates without stopping at tollbooths to pay the park’s $25 entrance fee. And as adventurers switchbacked up the snowy roads toward the park’s sledding hills and backcountry […]

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From Parks to Airports, How a Shutdown Would Affect Federal Agencies

Art Del Cueto wants the wall, but he also needs a paycheck. Border Patrol agents like Mr. Del Cueto — in the crossfire of the government shutdown fight over President Trump’s demand for a border wall — are preparing to work without pay if the government shuts down Friday night. […]

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In Home Village of Girl Who Died in U.S. Custody, Poverty Drives Migration

SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala — Claudia Maquin said goodbye to her 7-year-old daughter a few weeks ago, when the girl and her father left their small village with the dream of making a new life in the United States. Now she is waiting to say goodbye to her again. Ms. […]

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Father of Migrant Girl Who Died in U.S. Custody Disputes Border Patrol Account

EL PASO — The father of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in United States custody this month, disputed on Saturday the assertion by authorities that his daughter had not eaten or consumed water for several days before being detained by the Border Patrol. Jakelin’s father, Nery […]

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White House Says ‘Horrific, Tragic’ Death of Migrant Girl Is Not Its Responsibility

WASHINGTON — A White House official said on Friday that the Trump administration was not responsible for the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died from dehydration last week while in the custody of the Border Patrol. Officials said the girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, and her father were among […]

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U.S. Troops Could Remain on Border Into 2019, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is considering keeping active-duty American troops on the southwestern border into January, two Defense Department officials said on Wednesday, potentially extending a deployment to confront a caravan of migrants from Central America. The military’s border mission is currently slated to end Dec. 15, and no final […]

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