migrants, border crossings, Border Patrol, Venezuela, Texas, California, Mexico, Biden administration
Sep 21, 2023

After lull, asylum-seekers adapt to US immigration changes, overwhelm agents

A group of migrants from China surrendered to a Border Patrol agent in remote Southern California as gusts of wind drowned the hum of high-voltage power lines, joining others from Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and elsewhere in a desert campsite with shelters made from tree branches. Their arrival Wednesday was another sign that agents have become overwhelmed in recent days by asylum-seekers on parts o[...]

Democrats, Republicans, Capitol Hill
Sep 14, 2023

Glass half-full or half-empty? In partisan Washington, it’s usually both

Will the flow of migrants into the U.S. “grow our workforce, our productivity, and our economy” or is it “unchecked, unfettered, illegal immigration” that depresses wages and takes jobs? In Washington, it can be both.

ICE, children, migrants, detention centers, border
Sep 7, 2023

We cannot escape our past; we can only improve our future

For the second time, as a monitor for the Flores case that outlines conditions for holding minor children, I interviewed unaccompanied minors in an ICE detention center. Prior to Covid, I had done monitoring at the Yuma facility. The experience this time was the difference between noon and midnight.

Sep 7, 2023

Congressional watchdog describes border wall harm, says agencies should work together to ease damage

The construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump toppled untold numbers of saguaro cactuses in Arizona, put endangered ocelots at risk in Texas and disturbed Native American burial grounds, the official congressional watchdog said Thursday.

migrants, desert, Border Patrol, extreme heat
Sep 1, 2023

Smugglers steering migrants into remote desert, posing new Border Patrol challenges

Border Patrol agents ordered the young Senegalese men to wait in the scant shade of desert scrub brush while they loaded a more vulnerable group of migrants — a family with three young children from India — into a white van for the short trip in triple-degree heat to a canopied field intake center.

border, Border Patrol, lawsuit, federal government, Hobbs, Ducey
Aug 28, 2023

Feds ready to dismiss lawsuit against Arizona over border containers

The federal government is finally ready to drop its lawsuit against the state over the storage containers it contends were erected illegally last year on Forest Service land by Gov. Doug Ducey.

border town, immigration, Mexico, migrants
Aug 24, 2023

Mexican border city struggles to find space for migrants even with new shelter

At a massive encampment near an international bridge along the U.S.-Mexico border, migrants from Honduras, Haiti, Venezuela and elsewhere have turned scraps of plastic, poster board and rope into makeshift homes.

Aug 21, 2023

Republican lawsuit threatens Biden immigration policy thousands have used to come to US

Roughly 181,000 people have entered the U.S. under a humanitarian parole program since President Joe Biden launched the initiative. But 21 Republican-leaning states threaten to end the program through a lawsuit to determine its legality, which is set to be heard in a Texas court beginning Thursday, with a decision coming later.

border crossings, migrants, Title 42, Southwest border, Customs and Border Protection
Jul 21, 2023

Border encounters fell sharply in June, to lowest level in two years

The number of migrant encounters at the Southwest border plummeted in June, falling to the lowest level in more than two years, according to new data from Customs and Border Protection.

United States, immigration, violence, asylum, migrants, Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Panama
Jul 17, 2023

Hundreds of migrants in southern Mexico form group to head toward US

Nearly a thousand migrants that recently crossed from Guatemala into Mexico formed a group Saturday to head north together in hopes of reaching the border with the United States.

immigration, migrants, South America, Central America,
Jul 12, 2023

Advocates: Family reunification policy helps some migrants, but not enough

A new immigration policy that makes it easier for people from four Central and South American countries to join family in the U.S. will help but is still “far from” the migration solution needed, advocates said.

border, campaign, migrants, U.S.-Mexico border, DeSantis, Trump, Biden, immigration
Jun 26, 2023

DeSantis unveils aggressive immigration and border security policy that largely mirrors Trump’s

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis promised to end birthright citizenship, finish building the southern border wall and send U.S. forces into Mexico to combat drug cartels as part of an aggressive — and familiar — immigration policy proposal he laid out Monday in a Texas border city.