Customs and Border Protection (US)

White House Fires Homeland Security Dept.’s General Counsel

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday fired John Mitnick, the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, after months of shake-up at an agency responsible for carrying out President Trump’s immigration agenda. “We thank John for this service, and we wish him well,” a department spokeswoman said Tuesday […]

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

NYT > U.S. > Politics 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, […]

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Trump Officials Dismiss Reports of Disease and Hunger in Border Facilities

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration immigration officials on Sunday contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions in federal detention facilities, arguing that the government was enforcing oversight standards even as it struggled to house and care for an influx of migrants. Accounts of disease, hunger and overcrowding have […]

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House Approves Border Aid, Seeking to Curb Trump’s Crackdown

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — A divided House voted on Tuesday to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown. But the […]

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Trump Sees an Obstacle to Getting His Way on Immigration: His Own Officials

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — Stephen Miller was furious — again. The architect of President Trump’s immigration agenda, Mr. Miller was presiding last month over a meeting in the White House Situation Room when he demanded to know why the administration officials gathered there were taking so long to carry out his plans. A regulation […]

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Trump Urged Homeland Security Official to Close Border Despite an Earlier Promise of a Delay

NYT > Politics President Trump last week privately urged Kevin McAleenan, the border enforcement official he was about to name as acting secretary of homeland security, to close the southwestern border to migrants despite having just said publicly that he was delaying a decision on the step for a year, according to three people briefed […]

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Trump’s Message to Homeland Security Official: Close the Border Despite an Earlier Promise of a Delay

NYT > Politics President Trump last week urged Kevin McAleenan, whom he was about to name as acting secretary of homeland security, to close the southwestern border despite having just said that he was delaying a decision on the step for a year, according to three people briefed about the conversation. It was not clear […]

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Kevin McAleenan, Top U.S. Border Enforcement Officer, Is Named Acting Head of Homeland Security

NYT > Politics Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection, will become the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, President Trump said in a tweet on Sunday. The announcement came shortly after Mr. Trump said Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving the position, ending a tumultuous tenure in charge of […]

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Trump Threatens to Close Mexican Border Next Week Over Immigration

NYT > Politics Lake Okeechobee, Fla. — President Trump on Friday called on Mexico to stop all illegal immigration, escalating a repeated threat by adding a timeline: Mr. Trump said he would close large swaths or all of the southern border as early as “next week” if the Mexican government did not “immediately” stop all […]

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