Port of entry infrastructure along the U.S. borders has struggled to keep up with the needs of cross-border trade and travelers, lawmakers and federal officials testing during a House hearing.
A Republican congressman said he intends to introduce legislation directing federal officials to account for the whereabouts of unaccompanied migrant children that are flooding the Southwest border.
Crime, poverty, educational and economic opportunities, and family reunification may be several reasons behind the recent surge of unaccompanied, mostly Central American children into the Southwest border of the United States, a recent report says. But the precise combination of these "push" and "pull" motives is still unclear, the Congressional Research Service authors wrote.
Visiting Texas for the first time since the immigration crisis at the Southwest border, President Obama said July 9 that he had a "constructive conversation" with Gov. Rick Perry about the surge of unaccompanied child migrants and what can be done to stem the tide.
President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the federal government to reimburse his state for a decade of contributions to border security during a House hearing July 3.
Overturning a lower court's decision, a federal appeals court ruled that a Mexican boy killed by a Border Patrol agent may have had his Fifth Amendment rights violated, even though he was shot in Mexico and was not a U.S. citizen.
In an effort to stem the tide of thousands of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border, federal officials are working with their Mexican and Central American counterparts, beefing up U.S. law enforcement to disrupt smuggling operations and launching a public affairs campaign, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
With federal authorities overwhelmed by the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern border, Texas has decided to add to the law enforcement presence along its border with Mexico.
A federal district court judge in Utah has struck down several provisions from an immigration law that the state passed three years ago.