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Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests

Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests

Desktop notifications are on   | Get breaking news alerts from Turn on desktop notifications? In the weeks before they were ousted last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration enforcement official Ronald Vitiello challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major U.S. cities. According to seven current and former Department of Homeland Security officials, the administration wanted to target the crush of families that had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border after the president’s failed...

May 14, 2019
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Family groups crossing border in soaring numbers point to next phase of crisis

Family groups crossing border in soaring numbers point to next phase of crisis

ADThe Biden administration’s attention along the Mexico border has been consumed for the past several weeks by the record numbers of migrant teenagers and children crossing into the United States without their parents, at a rate that far to care for them.But as they race to add shelter capacity for these minors, Department of Homeland Security officials are privately warning about what they see as the next phase of a migration surge that could be the largest in two decades, driven by a much greater number of families.DHS expects approximately 500,000 to 800,000 migrants to arrive as part of...

Mar 28
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‘No end in sight’: Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge

‘No end in sight’: Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge

ADShortly before Christmas last year, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan, two top advisers to President-elect Joe Biden, sat for with EFE, a Spanish wire service, to issue a stark warning to migrants considering journeying north to the nation’s southern border: Don’t come now — but help is on the way.The next day, Biden was similarly pointed, saying his administration — while eager to roll back Donald Trump’s immigration policies — first needed to to avoid winding up with “2 million people on our border.”Less than a month later, the new president began tearing down some of the guardrails himself....

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Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge

Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge

WASHINGTON - Shortly before Christmas last year, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan, two top advisers to President-elect Joe Biden, sat for an interview with EFE, a Spanish wire service, to issue a stark warning to migrants considering journeying north to the nation's southern border: Don't come now - but help is on the way.The next day, Biden was similarly pointed, saying his administration - while eager to roll back Donald Trump's immigration policies - first needed to implement "guardrails" to avoid winding up with "2 million people on our border."Less than a month later, the new president...

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Mar 20
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Biden administration considers flying migrants to states near the Canadian border for processing

Biden administration considers flying migrants to states near the Canadian border for processing

ADA new spike in the number of families and children crossing the Rio Grande into South Texas over the past several hours is forcing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to request airplanes that will allow the Biden administration to transport migrants to states near the Canadian border for processing, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials and an email reviewed by The Washington Post.Border officials requested the air support from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because 1,000 members of families and unaccompanied minors crossed the Rio Grande on Friday morning,...

Mar 19
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Biden faces growing political threat from border upheaval

Biden faces growing political threat from border upheaval

ADRep. Henry Cuellar, a moderate Texas Democrat whose district hugs the border with Mexico, isn’t happy with how President Biden’s team has responded to the surge of migrants trying to enter the United States. “His people need to do a better job of listening to those of us who have done this before,” he said Monday.Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, who took a trip to the border Monday to slam Biden’s approach, was even more critical.“There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis,” McCarthy (Calif.) said during a visit to a migrant processing center in El Paso.And...

Mar 15
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At border, record number of migrant youths wait in adult detention cells for longer than legally allowed

At border, record number of migrant youths wait in adult detention cells for longer than legally allowed

ADThe magnitude of the crisis facing President Biden at the U.S.-Mexico border came into clearer focus Wednesday as the new administration was holding record numbers of unaccompanied migrant teens and children in detention cells for far longer than legally allowed and federal health officials fell further behind in their race to find space for them in shelters.More than 8,500 migrant teens and children who crossed the border without their parents are being housed in Department of Health and Human Services shelters as they wait to be placed with relatives or vetted sponsors. Nearly 3,500...

Mar 11
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Biden picks Tucson police chief to run U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Biden picks Tucson police chief to run U.S. Customs and Border Protection

President Biden is preparing to nominate Tucson police chief Chris Magnus to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, selecting a critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies to run the country’s largest federal law enforcement agency as it contends with the biggest increase in migrants arriving at the southwest border in two decades.Magnus has led the Tucson police department since 2016 and has prominently associated himself with the reform movement favored by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that emphasizes a less-aggressive, community-based policing...

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Apr 12
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Biden administration rushes to accommodate border surge, with few signs of plans to contain it

Biden administration rushes to accommodate border surge, with few signs of plans to contain it

WASHINGTON - As the Biden administration races to find shelter for a fast-growing migration surge along the Mexico border, they are handling the influx primarily as a capacity challenge. The measures they have taken are aimed accommodating the increase, not to contain it or change the upward trend.The administration has quickly turned detention centers into rapid-processing hubs for families with young children, relaxed shelter capacity rules aimed at lessening the spread of the coronavirus, deployed hundreds of backup border agents to the busiest crossings and tried to mobilize the Federal...

Mar 6
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Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs

Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs

ADThe Biden administration is preparing to convert its immigrant family detention centers in South Texas into Ellis Island-style rapid-processing hubs that will screen migrant parents and children with a goal of releasing them into the United States within 72 hours, according to Department of Homeland Security draft plans obtained by The Washington Post.The plans show the Biden administration is racing to absorb a growing number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border amid shortages of bed space and personnel. Republicans and some Democrats fear that relaxing detention policies will...

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