Tag: Border Patrol (US)

Border Patrol Agent Who Hit Migrant With Truck Is Sentenced to Probation

TUCSON, Ariz. — A former Border Patrol agent who hit a fleeing Guatemalan migrant with his truck in 2017 — and who, more than two weeks before the encounter, referred to immigrants in a text message as “subhuman” and “mindless murdering savages” — was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation. The agent, Matthew Bowen, […]

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Under Construction in Texas: The First New Section of Border Wall

DONNA, Texas — Two giant construction cranes tower over harvested sugar cane fields, topped by a pair of checkered flags flapping in the wind. At a distance along this flat, rural stretch of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, the two structures standing between the cranes resemble forlorn drive-in movie screens. The twin panels […]

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Who Will Wear My Dead Husband’s Clothes?

PHOENIX — My husband and I shared a narrow, shoebox-shaped closet in our home here, his clothes facing mine from double-hanging wardrobes mounted on the walls. After he died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 1, 2017, a month after his diagnosis, I’d often wander into the closet to search for his smell on his shirts. […]

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Will the Supreme Court Stand Up for an Unarmed Mexican Teenager Shot by a Border Agent?

Earlier this year, aides to President Trump, who was raging in frustration at his inability to control the country’s border with Mexico, talked him out of the notion of simply shooting migrants. That would be illegal, the aides pointed out. I was incredulous this month when I read the article in The Times recounting this […]

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Desperate Migrants on the Border: ‘I Should Just Swim Across’

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Peering out over the Rio Grande, separated from Brownsville, Tex., by only about 100 feet of coursing water, Ana Galeano Valdez talked herself down from a perilous decision — something she has done several times in the weeks she has been living in a tent in one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. […]

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A Conversation With a Border Patrol Agent

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump vowed to crack down on undocumented immigration and empower the Border Patrol. Three years later, the agency is the target of outrage, protest and investigation into its mission and conduct, and many of the […]

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‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis

One Border Patrol agent in Tucson said he had been called a “sellout” and a “kid killer.” In El Paso, an agent said he and his colleagues in uniform had avoided eating lunch together except at certain “BP friendly” restaurants because “there’s always the possibility of them spitting in your food.” An agent in Arizona […]

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Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight

WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing this month for another round of bitter spending battles over President Trump’s promised border wall and his immigration agenda, with only three weeks remaining before the government runs out of money. With the memory of the nation’s longest government shutdown still fresh in their minds, White House officials and congressional […]

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Poor Conditions Persist for Migrant Children Detained at the Border, Democrats Say

Migrant children detained at the border continue to sleep in cold cells without proper clothing or adequate food, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday, accusing the Department of Homeland Security of blocking members of Congress from visiting the facilities. Parents were not provided enough diapers for their children, toddlers were fed “burritos rather than […]

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Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty to Hitting Man in Face

ImageA Customs and Border Patrol vehicle in Imperial County, Calif., in July 2018. A man taken into custody near the border fence in February was hit in the face by a Border Patrol agent who has since resigned.CreditMatt York/Associated Press A Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to striking a man who tried to jump […]

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Trump Administration Rule Would Allow Immigrant Families to Be Held Indefinitely

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive. The White […]

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‘If You’re Like Me, You Can’t Sit By. This Is America.’

Second of two articles. Read the first here. Family separations at the border are not the only crisis immigrant children face. Children who were taken from their parents, or who crossed the border alone, also go to their immigration hearings alone. And “alone” means no lawyer. Many Americans are shocked that there is no right […]

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A Summer Camp on the Border, Where the Border Crisis Feels Far Away

EDINBURG, Tex. — The Hawks wore blue. The Foxes were in green. The teams gathered outside in the pit, in the shade beneath a collection of trees. The dust was soon flying in a game of gaga ball, a summer camp staple that is a fast-paced, low-slung version of dodgeball, and the campers were having […]

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Migrant Children Are Entitled to Toothbrushes and Soap, Federal Court Rules

A federal appeals court panel ruled on Thursday that the government must provide detained migrant children with basic hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes and sleeping mats, ending a debate that incited national outrage after a Justice Department lawyer argued against the need to do so. The exchange in June between the lawyer and a panel […]

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Border Patrol Agent Who Hit Migrant With Truck Pleads Guilty

A Border Patrol agent who intentionally hit a Guatemalan migrant with his truck in Arizona in 2017 — and who had referred to immigrants in a text message as “subhuman” and “mindless murdering savages” — has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to a document filed in federal court on Monday. The agent, Matthew […]

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Seesaws Straddle the Mexico Border, and Smiles Shine Through

ALBUQUERQUE — For a brief moment — just a half-hour over the weekend — a simple piece of playground equipment served as a bridge between the United States and Mexico. In images and videos that were circulating on social media this week, children smiled and giggled with glee as they bobbed up and down on […]

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Trump Assails Congressional Critic, Calling His Majority-Black District a ‘Disgusting’ Rat-Infested ‘Mess’

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” and denouncing his Baltimore-based district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” Mr. Trump singled out Representative Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland and chairman of the […]

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Top Border Official Is Reassigned Amid Criticism of Conditions for Migrant Children

The highest ranking immigration official in the troubled El Paso region of the southwest border, where hundreds of children were reportedly held for weeks without enough food or the ability to bathe, has been temporarily removed from his job amid growing criticism over health and safety conditions for migrants there. Aaron Hull, a veteran border […]

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He Was an American Citizen on His Way to a Soccer Tryout. He’s Been in Immigration Custody for a Month.

SAN ANTONIO — Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was born in Dallas and, according to his birth certificate, is an American citizen. But he has been in federal custody for nearly four weeks after being detained at a Border Patrol traffic checkpoint in South Texas. Mr. Galicia showed the agents the proof of his birth in […]

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More Than 2,000 Migrants Were Targeted in Raids. 35 Were Arrested.

More than 2,000 migrants who were in the United States illegally were targeted in widely publicized raids that unfolded across the country last week. But figures the government provided to The New York Times on Monday show that just 35 people were detained in the operation. President Trump had touted the raids — called Operation […]

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What Happens After an ICE Raid? Explaining the Deportation Process

With a series of coordinated deportation actions targeting recently arrived families from Central America, the federal authorities intend to arrest at least 2,000 people who are not eligible to remain in the country. The operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents began over the weekend in places like New York, Florida and Illinois, and it […]

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