Tag: Border Patrol (US)

Pence Defends Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers in Texas

Vice President Mike Pence played down reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at two migrant detention centers in Texas that he visited on Friday, but he acknowledged the gravity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the United States’ southwestern border. The tour gave journalists covering the vice president a rare glimpse inside a Border Patrol […]

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Border Arrests Drop by 28% in June in First Decline of the Year

WASHINGTON — Arrests at the southwestern border dropped by 28 percent in June, according to the Department of Homeland Security, signaling the first time this year that the number of border crossings declined. The department said that 104,344 arrests occurred in June, down from 144,278 in May — the highest monthly total in 13 years. […]

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Drawings by Migrant Children in Texas Catch the Smithsonian’s Eye

At a Catholic respite center in McAllen, Tex., last month, three children put marker to canvas and created little works of art. The children were migrants who had recently been released from the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, and their drawings recalled conditions at their detention facilities. All three pieces are dominated […]

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Trump Officials Dismiss Reports of Disease and Hunger in Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration immigration officials on Sunday contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions in federal detention facilities, arguing that the government was enforcing oversight standards even as it struggled to house and care for an influx of migrants. Accounts of disease, hunger and overcrowding have multiplied in recent […]

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Between Folly and Cruelty on Immigration

Nature’s temporary solution to the crisis on the United States’ southwest border is upon us, in the form of high summer temperatures that should reduce the migration rate and relieve some of the pressure on our overcrowded camps and courts. So it’s a good time to step back and assess the disastrous cycle in which […]

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America the Beautiful

Along the southern border, an archipelago of detainment centers is filled beyond capacity with desperate people seeking a better life or fleeing places so deadly that they risk swimming the Rio Grande with toddlers. Dolly Lucio Sevier, a pediatrician, treated one girl who she noted was an “underweight, fearful child in no acute distress.” The […]

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Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that migrants were “living far better” in Border Patrol detention centers than in their home countries, one day after his own administration reported that children in some facilities were denied hot meals or showers, and that cells were so crowded that migrants begged to be freed. In a […]

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Top Border Officials Condemn ‘Highly Inappropriate’ Secret Facebook Group

WASHINGTON — Top officials in the agency overseeing border security condemned a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured jokes about migrant deaths, obscene images of Hispanic lawmakers and threats to members of Congress as the lawmakers themselves on Tuesday amplified their criticism of the agency. Carla Provost, the chief […]

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Lawmakers Criticize Migrant Holding Sites in Texas as ‘Toxic’ and ‘Broken’

CLINT, Tex. — Women held in rooms without running water, sleeping bags set up on concrete and children left apart from their families: That was what Democratic lawmakers said they heard about on Monday as they toured two Texas border facilities. Their emotional, and graphic, descriptions came on a day when ProPublica reported the existence […]

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The Immigration Crisis Is Corrupting the Nation

Last year, as part of an effort to carry out President Trump’s promise of “extreme vetting” of visitors to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media account information from millions of people seeking to cross the border. After all, a radical online could be a radical offline. That’s why the […]

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Judge Orders Swift Action to Improve Conditions for Migrant Children in Texas

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has ordered a mediator to move swiftly to improve health and sanitation at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, where observers reported migrant children were subject to filthy conditions that imperiled their health. Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California asked late on Friday that an independent […]

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Photo of Migrants Shocks, but Congress Stalls on Border Aid

WASHINGTON — A photograph of a migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down on the muddy bank of the Rio Grande added an emotional charge on Wednesday to the immigration policy debate consuming Washington. The image of the tiny girl, tucked into her father’s shirt, her right arm draped around his neck, seemed […]

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‘Don’t Talk to Her’: A Glimpse Inside a Troubled Border Station Housing Migrant Children

CLINT, Tex. — Children as young as 3 pressed their faces against the windows of one crowded cell holding nearly 20 migrant girls, some sprawled on the floor. Boys gazed through the fencing of a containment zone exposed to the 101-degree heat. Customs and Border Protection authorities on Wednesday allowed a group of journalists on […]

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The Story Behind the Photo of Two Migrants Found Dead in the Rio Grande

Crossing the Rio Grande has long been one of the many deadly hurdles migrants face as they try to enter the United States. But a photograph published online Monday by a Mexican newspaper served as a jarring reminder of the journey’s perils: the bodies of a man and his 23-month-old daughter floating face down on […]

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Hundreds of Migrant Children Are Moved Out of an Overcrowded Border Station

Following a public outcry, hundreds of migrant children have been transferred out of a filthy Border Patrol station in Texas where they were detained for weeks without access to soap, clean clothes or adequate food, the authorities confirmed on Monday. Some of the children were transferred into a shelter system maintained by the Department of […]

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‘There Is a Stench’: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children

A chaotic scene of sickness and filth is unfolding in an overcrowded border station in Clint, Tex., where hundreds of young people who have recently crossed the border are being held, according to lawyers who visited the facility this week. Some of the children have been there for nearly a month. Children as young as […]

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ICE Is Expected to Begin Operation on Sunday Targeting 2,000 Immigrant Family Members

WASHINGTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to send agents into communities on Sunday morning to begin a coordinated operation deporting undocumented immigrant family members across the country, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials. The effort has been planned as a show of force to deter migration to the southwestern border, but […]

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Trump Appoints Fierce Loyalist to Top Border Post

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he planned to appoint Thomas D. Homan, his former acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a fierce supporter of his policies during frequent appearances on Fox News, to oversee border policy in the White House. “He’ll be a border czar,” Mr. Trump said during a […]

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An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime.

TUCSON — For 15 years, volunteers have trekked into the Arizona desert to place jugs of water, canned beans and blankets in spots where migrants traverse the most treacherous reaches of the borderlands. When those provisions have been unable to help, the volunteers have searched for migrants who are missing, and for the remains of […]

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Migrants in Custody at Hospitals Are Treated Like Felons, Doctors Say

Rom Rahimian, a medical student working at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, was trying to help a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who had been found late last year in the desert — dehydrated, pregnant and already in labor months before her due date. But the Border Patrol agents lingering in the room were making him uncomfortable. The […]

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