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62 border employees under internal investigation for posts

U..S border officials are investigating 62 current, 8 former employees after social media posts mock lawmakers, migrants


Man wages lonely protest in downtown Spokane against migrant ‘concentration camps’

“I don’t have either party’s name on my sign,” said Bill Compher, a 69-year-old musician and grandfather who has been demonstrating on downtown street corners. “It’s a moral question, not …


New holding center for migrant children opens in Texas

A former oilfield worker camp off a dirt road in rural Texas has become the U.S. government’s newest facility for detaining immigrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations


Ex-Border Patrol employees discuss ‘vile’ Facebook posts

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Government photos show detained migrants pleading for help

A report from government auditors includes images of people penned into overcrowded Border Patrol facilities, including one man pressing a cardboard sign to a cell window with the word “help.”


Graphic, sexually explicit Facebook posts roil Border Patrol

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 …


Girl recalls poor care in Texas border station

A 12-year-old girl locked in a Texas border station with her little sister for 12 days tells her attorney on video obtained by The Associated Press that they were treated …


House passes Senate border bill as leaders cave to moderate Democrats and GOP

The House passed a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill for the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, after Democratic leaders retreated from efforts to amend the legislation to add …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate

The Democratic-controlled House has voted to send President Donald Trump a bipartisan, Senate-drafted, $4.6 billion measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

The GOP-held Senate OKs bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Wayfair workers protest contract with detention center

Employees at online home furnishings retailer Wayfair planned a walkout Wednesday to protest the company’s decision to sell $200,000 worth of furniture to a government contractor that runs a detention …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Border official steps down as outrage grows over children

The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has resigned amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in appalling conditions at one of the agency’s …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Government moves migrant kids after AP exposes bad treatment

A Texas congresswoman says the federal government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station near El Paso following reports that more than 300 children were …


Official: Woman, 3 children died of heat exposure in Texas

Four people, including three children, found dead in South Texas near the border with Mexico most likely died of dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande into the …


Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids

For immigrant kids in care of the federal government, English-language classes, outdoor recreation and legal services may be a thing of the past


Agents shoot, kill man at California-Mexico border crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents fatally shot a motorist who refused to stop at California’s border with Mexico.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 4:07 p.m.

5th migrant child dies after detention by U.S. border agents

A 16-year-old Guatemala migrant who died Monday in U.S. custody had been held by immigration authorities for six days – twice as long as federal law generally permits.


Border Patrol expands fingerprinting of migrant children

U.S. border authorities say they’ve started to increase the biometric data they take from children 13 years old and younger, including fingerprints, despite privacy concerns and government policy intended to …


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

Portland comedian sues U.S. Customs and Border Protection for unlawful detainment at Spokane Intermodal Center

A Portland comedian who ignited a viral tweet storm earlier this year after being stopped by immigration authorities at Spokane’s Intermodal Center is now suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection …


Border Patrol agents find 3-year-old migrant boy alone near Texas border

U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old boy alone in a field in Texas after likely being abandoned by smugglers at the southern border, authorities said.


US authorities issue warning after group stops migrants

U.S. authorities are warning citizens not to take the law into their own hands after a group patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border stopped hundreds of migrants when they crossed into southern …


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 …


Two U.S. citizens claim in lawsuit that feds detained them for speaking Spanish

Two U.S. citizens who say Customs and Border Protection officials detained them for speaking Spanish while they waited in a convenience store line in Havre, Montana, have filed a federal …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Border Patrol arrests kept secret

Even when the Border Patrol books suspects into a county jail and eventually into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, immigration officials generally refuse to disclose the names of those …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

After questioning of Portland comedian, Spokane Mayor David Condon says city can’t stop Border Patrol agents

Spokane Mayor David Condon weighed in Tuesday on the detainment of a Portland comedian at the Spokane Intermodal Center, again insisting city leaders don’t have the authority to prevent federal …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Border Patrol agents arrest former Mexican cop in Othello

According to a news release, the man entered the United States legally in 2013, but shortly afterward authorities learned he had been arrested in Mexico in 2008 and 2009 on …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Portland comedian Mohanad Elshieky says he was accosted by Border Patrol agents at Spokane bus station

“They walked around before they asked me and few others to step outside and took my documents and interrogated me for around 20 mins then claimed my papers were fake …


Keeping watch on the ‘invisible wall’: On the trail with the agents of the northern border

The United States’ northern border is monitored by what is sometimes referred to as an “invisible wall” of patrolling agents and high-tech sensors, a virtual net bisecting the continent between …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Trump blames Democrats for migrant child deaths at U.S. border

President Donald Trump deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children this month in U.S. government custody as his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol …


Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles …