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Immigration

The latest news on the Biden administration's immigration policy at the southern U.S. border.

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Federal government drops charges against ex-Afghan soldier who crossed border into Texas

Abdul Wasi Safi crossed the southern border illegally in late September after a trip that took him from Pakistan to Brazil to Mexico.
Two brothers Sami and Wasi from Afghanistan both worked alongside American troops to fight the Taliban from 2010 to 2019 but are now being kept apart by the U.S. immigration system.
Two brothers Sami and Wasi from Afghanistan both worked alongside American troops to fight the Taliban from 2010 to 2019 but are now being kept apart by the U.S. immigration system.

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8d ago

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A top Border Patrol official resigned after allegedly pressuring female employees for sex, officials say

Tony Barker, who was acting chief of the law enforcement operations directorate, is under investigation by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
Tony L. Barker, Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters.
Tony L. Barker, Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters.

Illegal border crossings in December surged to highest of Biden's presidency

U.S. authorities stopped migrants 251,487 times along the Mexican border last month, up 40% from the same period a year earlier, Customs and Border Protection said.
Immigrant families arrive back into Mexico after being expelled from the United States on January 09, 2023 to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. President Joe Biden visited El Paso the day prior, his first visit to the border since he became president two years before. His trip came just days after the administration changed U.S. asylum policy, making it easier to quickly expel more migrants at the border into Mexico. U.S. border authorities took into custody more than 2.5 million migrants in 2022, the highest number on record.
Immigrant families arrive back into Mexico after being expelled from the United States on January 09, 2023 to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. President Joe Biden visited El Paso the day prior, his first visit to the border since he became president two years before. His trip came just days after the administration changed U.S. asylum policy, making it easier to quickly expel more migrants at the border into Mexico. U.S. border authorities took into custody more than 2.5 million migrants in 2022, the highest number on record.

Migrants asked to use app to seek U.S. asylum; advocates raise concerns

The CBP One app migrants are being told to use to try to get asylum in the U.S. has raised some concerns about privacy and who can use it.
Children play at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Dec. 22, 2022.
Children play at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Dec. 22, 2022.

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10d ago

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The federal government is investigating the possible human trafficking of children who cleaned slaughterhouses

There is no indication that the sanitation company is under investigation for trafficking the children who worked there.
The JBS USA beef processing facility in Grand Island, Neb., in 2020.
The JBS USA beef processing facility in Grand Island, Neb., in 2020.
18d ago

Republican House will vote on bills to curtail abortion and immigration

Two abortion bills have caused some consternation in the GOP conference. The conservative measures face long odds in the Democratic Senate but set up a political contrast for 2024.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in the House Chamber on Jan. 6, 2023.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in the House Chamber on Jan. 6, 2023.
19d ago

House Republican files articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas

GOP House members signaled for months that they intended to seek the removal of Alejandro Mayorkas over the border crisis.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in Washington on Jan. 5, 2023.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in Washington on Jan. 5, 2023.

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19d ago

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'They took everyone': New video shows border agents arresting migrants ahead of Texas Biden visit

Video shows migrants escorted off a bus by Border Patrol with hands above their heads before President Joe Biden's trip to El Paso.
Days before President Biden’s visit to El Paso, video shot by a nonprofit volunteer, shows CBP officers arresting migrants overnight on Jan. 4, 2023.. The federal agency told NBC News it was arresting migrants who had not been apprehended when crossing the border.
Days before President Biden’s visit to El Paso, video shot by a nonprofit volunteer, shows CBP officers arresting migrants overnight on Jan. 4, 2023.. The federal agency told NBC News it was arresting migrants who had not been apprehended when crossing the border.
20d ago

Colorado ends short-lived program to bus migrants to Chicago and NYC

The mayors of both cities, already overwhelmed with an influx of asylum-seekers, demanded that Gov. Jared Polis stop sending migrants to them.
Migrants rest at a makeshift shelter in Denver on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Over the past month, nearly 4,000 immigrants, almost all Venezuelans, have arrived unannounced in the frigid city, with nowhere to stay and sometimes wearing T-shirts and flip-flops. In response, Denver converted three recreation centers into emergency shelters for migrants and paid for families with children to stay at hotels, allocating $3 million to deal with the influx.
Migrants rest at a makeshift shelter in Denver on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Over the past month, nearly 4,000 immigrants, almost all Venezuelans, have arrived unannounced in the frigid city, with nowhere to stay and sometimes wearing T-shirts and flip-flops. In response, Denver converted three recreation centers into emergency shelters for migrants and paid for families with children to stay at hotels, allocating $3 million to deal with the influx.

Biden visits U.S.-Mexico border as his administration imposes restrictions

The trip comes amid repeated Republican criticism of the president for not traveling to the southern border sooner and of what they say are his administration’s ineffective policies.
President Biden Mexico border visit.
President Biden Mexico border visit.

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22d ago

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Video shows border agents, police arresting migrants sleeping outside church shelter in El Paso ahead of Biden's visit

Immigration advocates say the proximity of the arrests to a church shelter may violate the Biden administration's own policies.
According to new footage obtained by NBC News, Customs and Border Protection officers, as well as El Paso city police, began arresting migrants sleeping in the streets outside a Catholic church shelter and bus station, in the week before President Joe Biden’s trip to El Paso.
According to new footage obtained by NBC News, Customs and Border Protection officers, as well as El Paso city police, began arresting migrants sleeping in the streets outside a Catholic church shelter and bus station, in the week before President Joe Biden’s trip to El Paso.