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New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system

Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Facial recognition security checks will be vetted before they reach Spokane, airport leader says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection aims to utilize facial recognition at 20 major international airports on 16,300 flights per week by 2021. The technology is already being used at 17 …


Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

The White House and Republican senators sought compromise Tuesday on limiting presidents’ powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies, as chances improved that President Donald Trump might avoid a long-expected rejection …


US general says no military threat on southern border

Under pointed questioning from senators, the top U.S. general for homeland defense said Tuesday that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus …


Pentagon chief getting firsthand look at U.S.-Mexico border

Top defense officials toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to see how the military could reinforce efforts to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity, as the Pentagon weighs …


California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited – this time over President Donald Trump’s plan …


House GOP leader says border deal doesn’t need word ‘wall’

A border security compromise that Congress hopes to produce doesn’t have to include the word “wall,” the top House Republican said Tuesday, signaling a rhetorical retreat from a term that …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal; Dems dismiss it as ‘non-starter’

In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: ‘No one benefits’ from shutdown, parties should deal on immigration and border security

The congresswoman told reporters Friday that the partial government shutdown, now concluding its fourth week, provided an opportunity for lawmakers to strike a deal on border security and immigration reform, …


Pentagon asked to provide more help on border security

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to …


Chief of staff Kelly: Trump backed away from wall months ago

President Donald Trump long ago backed away from his campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, his outgoing chief of staff said, as the president’s demand for …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

Migrants enveloped in tear gas after heading toward US

Some Central American migrants, mostly men, tried to breach the border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico and California on Sunday, after pushing past a blockade of Mexican police standing guard near …


Inslee, Ferguson call separation policy cruel, accuse Trump of lying about it

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson demand answers about asylum-seekers being held in Washington and accuse the Trump administration of lying about the policy.


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Trump: 2,000-4,000 troops needed for Mexico border security

National guard contingents in U.S. states bordering Mexico awaited guidance Thursday on the what duties they’ll be assigned to help fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling along the border, and …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Colombia tightens border control as Venezuela migrants surge

Colombia is tightening control over its porous border with Venezuela as a growing tide of migrants flees into the neighboring Andean nation.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Turkey vows to ‘drown’ U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish force

Turkey’s president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this army of terror before it is born,” as Russia …


Ag industry winces at tough talk

Backers of an enforcement-only bill would have no incentive to take the next step if this bill passed. Then what would the agriculture industry do for workers?


Pakistan, Iran agree to boost border security after incident

Pakistan and Iran reached an agreement Wednesday to strengthen security along their shared border after last week’s incident when gunmen killed 10 Iranian border guards, officials said.


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Congress reaches deal to keep government open through September

Congressional negotiators reached an agreement late Sunday on a broad spending package to fund the government through the end of September, alleviating fears of a government shutdown later this week, …


Henry Olsen: Democrats have an immigration problem

If Democrats want to win again, they must attract back the Obama-Trump voter or win over the Romney-non-Trump voter. Their protestations against border security and the travel ban are not …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Border patrol apprehensions plummet as Trump turns up heat

U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions have dropped 40 percent since Donald Trump was sworn into office and issued a series of executive orders that have fueled the perceptions that migrants are …


Troy A. Eid: Trump making right immigration moves

Trump has also pledged to prosecute illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes here. The facts bear out why this priority is vital.


Trump says Mexico ‘has taken advantage’ of U.S. amid trade clash

The chaos surrounding U.S. and Mexico relations continued Friday, pushing the countries closer to a trade war that threatens to spoil decades of friendship and economic cooperation.


Mexico government says it won’t pay for Trump wall

The Mexican government has made his first direct response to Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the two countries’ border – and make Mexico pay for it.


House leaders abandon border bill

WASHINGTON — Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. …


Senate passes immigration bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.


APNewsBreak: Border Patrol to stop interpreting

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as interpreters when local law enforcement agencies request language help, according to a new decree issued by the Department …


Washington could become pot source for neighbors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to …