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Trump's Comment to Border Official Causes a Stir

President reportedly told McAleenan to close the border, promised a pardon. But was it a joke?

(Newser) - The New York Times and CNN are reporting that President Trump had an eyebrow-raising conversation with US immigration official Kevin McAleenan. Both outlets say Trump urged McAleenan in private to close the southern border to migrants, then promised him a pardon if he ran into legal trouble for doing so.... More »

'Frustrated' Kirstjen Nielsen Hands In Her Resignation

Kevin McAleenan will become acting head of Homeland Security

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the decision said. President Donald Trump thanked her for her work in a tweet and announced US Customs and... More »

Trump Gives Mexico a One-Year Warning

President eases threat to immediately close the border

(Newser) - The US-Mexico border won't be closed after all. A few days ago, President Trump threatened to shut the border as early as this week unless Mexico stopped all illegal immigration immediately. On Thursday, the president replaced the threat with a warning: If Mexico doesn't stop illegal drugs and... More »

US Tries to Send More Seeking Asylum Back Across the Border

Border officials aim to quadruple the number of Central Americans returned

(Newser) - Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday. It was the latest... More »

Trump Takes Drastic Action Against Illegal Immigration

Moves to cut foreign aid to 3 Central American nations

(Newser) - Taking drastic action over illegal immigration, President Trump moved Saturday to cut direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, whose citizens are fleeing north and overwhelming US resources at the southern border. The State Department notified Congress that it would look to suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to the... More »

The Border Glut Is 'Staggering'

One analyst describes a 'system-wide collapse'

(Newser) - An unprecedented migrant wave is snarling the immigrant system and peppering the Texas-Mexico border with sad sights—like dozens of families jammed under a bridge in El Paso, the El Paso Times reports. "It's staggering," says McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez. "Really, we’ve never seen... More »

She Died at Age 7 in CBP Custody. Now, an Official Cause of Death

Jakelin Caal Maquin died of sepsis from strep bacteria, medical examiner says

(Newser) - When Jakelin Caal Maquin arrived Dec. 6 from Guatemala at the US-Mexico border with her father and more than 100 migrants, her family says she'd eaten well during her journey and wasn't sick. By early Dec. 8, the 7-year-old was dead . Customs and Border Protection, which had taken... More »

Judge Sentences Women for Leaving Jugs of Water

The humanitarian-aid workers each get 15 months of probation

(Newser) - Four women who left food and water for migrants in a deadly border area have been sentenced by a federal judge, the Arizona Republic reports. US Magistrate Judge Bernando Velasco sentenced them Friday to 15 months of unsupervised probation and a $250 fine, on charges of abandonment of property and... More »

The Political Topic That Made Its Way Onstage

Maya Rudolph, Javier Bardem, chef Jose Andres mentioned walls, immigrants

(Newser) - Politics wasn't a high priority at the Oscars Sunday night, but one particular topic appeared to be broached more than once: the proposed border wall with Mexico. Comedian Maya Rudolph first touched on it in the opening monologue she did with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, informing the audience,... More »

Trump May Issue His First Veto to the New Congress

Stephen Miller says Trump will stand by his national-emergency plan

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the US-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News Sunday that "the president... More »

DOJ Warns White House About Emergency Declaration

Courts expected to block border wall move

(Newser) - President Trump says he will sign an emergency declaration to secure funding for a border wall—but he has been warned that the move is likely to encounter a wall of lawsuits from Democrats, immigration advocates, and environmentalists, among others. Sources tell ABC News that the Justice Department has told... More »

Trump Confirms He Will Sign Border Deal, Declare Emergency

White House issues official statement soon after McConnell confirmed Trump would sign

(Newser) - President Trump will sign Congress' border security compromise. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that Thursday, followed quickly by confirmation from the White House. The announcements removed the last ounce of suspense over the fate of a bill that would provide just a sliver of the money Trump wants to... More »

Trump Looking for 'Land Mines' in Border Deal

Most predict he will sign it

(Newser) - It's the billion-dollar-and-change question: Will President Trump sign a tentative bipartisan border deal that would allocate $1.38 billion for border fencing (he has maintained he needs $5.7 billion) and avoid a second government shutdown at midnight Friday? USA Today reports the House has scheduled a vote for... More »

Another State to Pull Its Troops From Border

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says 'crisis' is 'manufactured'

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops Monday from the state's southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration's request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California's agreement with the federal... More »

More Wire Was Put on City's Border Wall. It Wants It Gone

Resolution out of Nogales, Ariz., calls razor wire 'not only irresponsible but inhuman'

(Newser) - A border wall stretching between downtown Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico, now has even more barbed wire—and the city council for the US side is demanding the government take the wire down within city limits, threatening legal action if it doesn't do so, per the AP . The concertina... More »

NM Governor Sees No Crisis, Makes Border Move

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham orders withdrawal of most National Guard troops

(Newser) - The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the US border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump'... More »

Pentagon Sends More Troops to the Border

Roughly 3,750 service members will be heading south

(Newser) - The Pentagon says it's sending about 3,750 more US troops to the southwest border to help out Customs and Border Protection, CNN reports. The mission is slated to last 90 days and will include mobile surveillance as well as the placement of 150 miles of wire between ports... More »

Trump Resurrects the Word 'Wall'

President also says Republicans 'wasting their time' in border security talks with Democrats

(Newser) - Forget "barrier," "steel slats," "bollard wall," or "fence." President Trump wants everyone to revert to a more basic term: "Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!" he tweeted on Thursday, reports USA Today . "... More »

Record Migrant Group Tunnels Under Border Wall

The asylum seekers mostly come with minors

(Newser) - A record-high group of migrants entered the US on Monday by tunneling under a border wall near San Luis, Arizona, ABC News reports. The 376 asylum seekers can be seen on US Border Patrol video walking along the border fence to be processed by agents in the Yuma area. "... More »

Trump Offers 'Compromise' Plan to Dems

The president would extend DACA protection for a border wall

(Newser) - In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the US illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange or his long-promised border wall, the AP reports. But while Trump cast the move as... More »

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