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Schumer: I've Never Worked This Closely With McConnell Before

Senate unveils $118B package pairing border policies with aid for Ukraine, Israel

(Newser) - Senators on Sunday released a highly anticipated $118 billion package that pairs border enforcement policy with wartime aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other US allies, setting off a long-shot effort to push the bill through heavy skepticism from Republicans, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, the AP reports. The proposal could...

Trump Leans Into Border as a Campaign Issue

Praises Texas for opposing federal Border Patrol

(Newser) - Donald Trump lavished praise Saturday on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for not allowing the Biden administration entry to remove razor wire in a popular corridor for migrants illegally entering the US. In a speech focused overwhelmingly on border security—potentially foreshadowing a big issue in the general election—Trump said...

Biden Says if Senate Bill Passes, He'd Shut Border

President endorses tougher measures in face of House GOP opposition

(Newser) - President Biden has said that if Congress approves legislation with new presidential authority to close the southern border when it becomes overwhelmed by migrants, "I would use it." Senate negotiators are working on the bipartisan package, and Biden expressed his support for its increased restrictions in a statement...

Johnson on Border Deal: 'Dead on Arrival'

House speaker pushes back on Senate legislation on immigration, border, Ukraine aid

(Newser) - House Speaker Mike Johnson took a strong stand Friday against a bipartisan Senate deal to pair border enforcement measures with Ukraine aid , sending a letter to colleagues that aligns him with hard-line conservatives determined to sink the compromise on border and immigration policy. Johnson said the legislation would've been...

Trump Urges States to Send Troops to Texas

25 GOP governors back Abbott in border dispute

(Newser) - Former President Trump has waded into the dispute between Texas and the federal government over razor wire along the Rio Grande , urging states to deploy National Guard members to Texas. "We encourage all willing States to deploy their guards to Texas to prevent the entry of Illegals, and to...

SCOTUS Says Border Agents Can Cut Texas' Razor Wire

Court ruled 5-4 on emergency appeal

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided 5-4 with the Biden administration on Monday, allowing Border Patrol agents to cut through razor wire Texas officials installed along the border to deter migrants. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar urged the justices to "restore Border Patrol's access to the border it is charged...

Texas Sets Up Legal Showdown Over Border

State rejects federal demand to give Border Patrol access to park along the Rio Grande

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has rejected the federal government's demand to give Border Patrol agents access to a park along the border in Eagle Pass by the end of Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown over border policy. In a letter to Homeland Security general counsel Jonathan Meyer,...

In US Immigration Courts, Case Numbers Are 'Unprecedented'

3M are currently pending and clogging the system, triple the number in 2019

(Newser) - Eight months after crossing the Rio Grande into the United States, a couple in their 20s sat in an immigration court in Miami with their three young children. Through an interpreter, they asked a judge to give them more time to find an attorney to file for asylum and not...

Justice Department Moves to Block Texas' Controversial Border Law

DoJ argues law is unconstitutional

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Wednesday sued Texas over a new law that would allow police to arrest migrants who enter the US illegally, taking Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to court again over his escalating response to border crossers arriving from Mexico, the AP reports. In addition to allowing police anywhere...

As Migrant Surge Wanes, News on Border Crossings

Ports in Texas, Arizona, California to accept commercial, legal travel beginning Thursday

(Newser) - Four US-Mexico border crossings partially or fully closed in response to a wave of asylum-seekers will reopen Thursday after what Customs and Border Protection said was a sharp drop in migrants seeking to enter the US. Officials said Mexico's government had carried out "enhanced enforcement actions" to slow...

Mexico's President Offers Suggestions Before US Talks

Blinken leads delegation to Mexico City for meeting on illegal immigration

(Newser) - A US delegation led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken went to Mexico City on Wednesday for talks about turning the tide of illegal immigration across the border. The two-hour meeting reflected urgency, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pointed out beforehand that the urgency will only increase...

Migrants Spend Christmas on the Move

'We have never, ever been in the street before,' says one walking toward US border

(Newser) - Christmas Day was the same as any other day for thousands of migrants walking through southern Mexico : more trudging under a hot sun. There were no presents, and Christmas Eve dinner was a sandwich, a bottle of water, and a banana handed out by the Catholic church to some of...

Migrant Caravan Moves Through Mexico

Delegation including Blinken is due in Mexico this week

(Newser) - A sprawling caravan of migrants from Central America, Venezuela, Cuba, and other countries trekked through Mexico on Sunday, heading toward the US border. The procession came just days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Mexico City to hammer out new agreements to control the surge of migrants seeking...

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Migrant Surge at Border Is 'Unprecedented'

More migrants are documenting their journey on social media, helping fuel the record numbers

(Newser) - "Wearily" is the word used by the Washington Post to describe how Troy Miller, the acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection, spoke. With good reason: "The numbers we are seeing now are unprecedented," he says of the illegal crossings at the border. Agents are...

ACLU Moves Fast to Try to Block Texas Border Law

SB4 allows police to arrest migrants who enter the US illegally

(Newser) - Civil rights organizations on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new Texas law that would allow police to arrest migrants who cross the border illegally and permit local judges to order them to leave the country. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Austin, came less than 24 hours after...

2 Texas Railway Crossings Closed Due to Migrant Surge

CBP employees will be moved from those crossings to help Border Patrol elsewhere

(Newser) - Freight trains stopped rumbling across Texas border bridges in El Paso and Eagle Pass Monday morning, a day after US Customs and Border Protection said it would put such crossings on ice in order to move staffers there to assist with the migrant surge elsewhere. The El Paso Times reports...

Chinese Migrants Are Taking a Dangerous Route to US

They're fleeing repression, declining economy in homeland

(Newser) - Deng Guangsen, 28, is part of a major influx of Chinese migration to the United States on a relatively new and perilous route that has become increasingly popular with the help of social media. Deng spent two months traveling to San Diego from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, through...

Biden Administration Says It Has No Choice but to Build Wall

Environmental campaigner slams 'horrific step backwards for the borderlands'

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists the Biden administration's position against border walls hasn't changed, despite plans to build up to 20 miles of barriers in Texas. "From day one, this Administration has made clear that a border wall is not the answer," Mayorkas said in...

'Acute' Need at Border Spurs a Big Biden Reversal

Administration waives 26 federal laws to clear way for new wall construction in Texas

(Newser) - Three years ago, Joe Biden vowed that, if elected, he'd never erect a single new section of border wall between the United States and Mexico. Now, President Biden has rethought that, due to an "acute" need to keep illegal immigration at bay. The AP reports the commander in...

Now Elon Musk Is Weighing in on Migrants

Billionaire calls for 'greatly expanded legal immigration' during visit to southern border

(Newser) - Elon Musk has a foot in many industries. Now, he's dipping a toe in the immigration debate, offering his suggestions for how to address an influx of migrants reaching the US across the Rio Grande. The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X traveled to the...

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