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february marks fewest arrests at border in recent years


washington (ap) — arrests at the mexican border plummeted to the lowest monthly level in years during president donald trump’s first full month in office.the border patrol says about 23,500 people were arrested by the border patrol trying to cross the mexican border in february.in january, about 42,500 people were caught at the border. the february figures, which also include drops in the arrests of families and children crossing the border alone, are the lowest monthly tallies since at the least the start of the 2012 budget year.it’s unclear what prompted the steep declines. the number of people caught crossing the border illegally in the winter typically is lower than during the summer, though trump has also made clear he intends to take a hard line on illegal immigration.most read stori






house speaker getting firsthand look at us-mexico border


mcallen, texas — u.s. house speaker paul ryan is visiting the rio grande valley for a firsthand look at the u.s.-mexico border as the trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask congress to pay for a border wall.it's the first time the wisconsin republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in mcallen, texas, on wednesday.ryan is leading a small group of lawmakers on the trip.in mcallen, ryan will come face to face with some of the challenges that arise in building a wall along the entire 2,000-mile border.the border includes much remote and inhospitable terrain as well as the rio grande.






air tour of u.s.border between arizona and the pacific


an aerial p o tour on jan. 26, 2017, of the u.s.-mexico border in california, from andrade on the east in imperial county to the pacific ocean, where the border fence ends in the water at playas de tijuana. the border barrier varies from stout concrete bollards and triple fence in some parts to nothing but air in the most rugged parts of the route through san diego and imperial counties.john gibbins






aclu preps lawsuit against border patrol


the american civil liberties union (aclu) was preparing to sue the u.s. customs and border protection over what has described as a pattern of agents sexually assaulting women who have crossed the border into the u.s. the lawsuit was expected to be filed march 22, the aclu of northern california announced wednesday. in the announcement, the…






supreme court appears divided over case involving u.s. border agent shooting mex


washington—the supreme court appeared divided tuesday over whether a u.s. border patrol agent can be sued for fatally shooting an unarmed mexican teenager who stood on the other side of the international border—a lawsuit federal law would permit, had the victim been on the u.s. side of the boundary.the 2010 incident, in which 15-year-old sergio hernandez died in a dry rio grande culvert that separates the u.s. from mexico, is one of hundreds of border patrol shootings in recent years, including several cross-border...






san diego judge poised to approve $1 million settlement in border death case


more than three years after the death of a man while in custody at the san ysidro port of entry, the names of the border officers involved have been made public.u.s. magistrate judge david bartick lifted a protective order this week that had masked the identities of the border patrol agents and...






border wall materials: concrete, 'other'


closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallimpact of donald trump's 'great, great wall'? | 8:42a look at the socioeconomic and environmental impact of a 2,000-mile long wall at the u.s.-mexico border. 1 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's how much taxpayers will pay for trump's border wall | 0:42it's going to cost about two times as much as nasa's annual budget. video provided by newsy newslook2 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhow much it will cost for president trump to build his wall | 1:31president donald trump is expected to direct funds towards construction of his border wall with mexico, but is the construction feasible? nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) investigates. buzz603 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's wha






border wall materials: concrete, 'other'


closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallimpact of donald trump's 'great, great wall'? | 8:42a look at the socioeconomic and environmental impact of a 2,000-mile long wall at the u.s.-mexico border. 1 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's how much taxpayers will pay for trump's border wall | 0:42it's going to cost about two times as much as nasa's annual budget. video provided by newsy newslook2 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhow much it will cost for president trump to build his wall | 1:31president donald trump is expected to direct funds towards construction of his border wall with mexico, but is the construction feasible? nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) investigates. buzz603 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's wha






border wall materials: concrete, 'other'


closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallimpact of donald trump's 'great, great wall'? | 8:42a look at the socioeconomic and environmental impact of a 2,000-mile long wall at the u.s.-mexico border. 1 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's how much taxpayers will pay for trump's border wall | 0:42it's going to cost about two times as much as nasa's annual budget. video provided by newsy newslook2 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhow much it will cost for president trump to build his wall | 1:31president donald trump is expected to direct funds towards construction of his border wall with mexico, but is the construction feasible? nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) investigates. buzz603 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's wha






border wall materials: concrete, 'other'


closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallimpact of donald trump's 'great, great wall'? | 8:42a look at the socioeconomic and environmental impact of a 2,000-mile long wall at the u.s.-mexico border. 1 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's how much taxpayers will pay for trump's border wall | 0:42it's going to cost about two times as much as nasa's annual budget. video provided by newsy newslook2 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhow much it will cost for president trump to build his wall | 1:31president donald trump is expected to direct funds towards construction of his border wall with mexico, but is the construction feasible? nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) investigates. buzz603 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's wha






border wall materials: concrete, 'other'


closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallimpact of donald trump's 'great, great wall'? | 8:42a look at the socioeconomic and environmental impact of a 2,000-mile long wall at the u.s.-mexico border. 1 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's how much taxpayers will pay for trump's border wall | 0:42it's going to cost about two times as much as nasa's annual budget. video provided by newsy newslook2 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhow much it will cost for president trump to build his wall | 1:31president donald trump is expected to direct funds towards construction of his border wall with mexico, but is the construction feasible? nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) investigates. buzz603 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's wha






border wall materials: concrete, 'other'


closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallimpact of donald trump's 'great, great wall'? | 8:42a look at the socioeconomic and environmental impact of a 2,000-mile long wall at the u.s.-mexico border. 1 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's how much taxpayers will pay for trump's border wall | 0:42it's going to cost about two times as much as nasa's annual budget. video provided by newsy newslook2 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhow much it will cost for president trump to build his wall | 1:31president donald trump is expected to direct funds towards construction of his border wall with mexico, but is the construction feasible? nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) investigates. buzz603 of 5closeskip in skipxembedxsharetrump border wallhere's wha






supreme court justices appear split over whether constitution extends to mexican


the supreme court justices debated border shootings and drone strikes tuesday in a case that could preview the legal battle over president trump’s proposed ban on foreign travelers from certain muslim-majority countries. but the eight justices sounded evenly split over whether the parents of a mexican teenager can sue the u.s. border agent who shot and killed him as he stood on the mexican side of the border. at issue is whether the mexican family can invoke the constitution’s protections against excessive force and for due process of law to restrain the conduct of the american agent, or whether u.s. law stops at the border.






ap fact check: who needs a wall? trump says border is strong


washington — president donald trump says the border with mexico is already "getting extremely strong" and would-be illegal crossers are giving up because they think, "we can't get in." all without the wall he promises to build, or any reported boost in deportations, or any surge in patrol agents.the boast was one of a number at a tennessee rally wednesday night that did not track with the facts. a look at some:trump: "and by the way, aren't our borders getting extremely strong? ... we've already experienced an unprecedented 40 percent reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border, 61 percent — 61 percent since inauguration day. sixty-one percent; think about it. and now people are saying we're not going to go there anymore 'cause we can't get in, so it's going to get better and b






former border patrol officials question trump plan to add agents


a u.s. department of homeland security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring.three former top officials at u.s. customs and border patrol (cbp) told reuters in interviews that ramping up hiring at the agency, as outlined in a directive on tuesday, would be expensive, while rapid expansion poses the risk of corruption if screening protocols for recruits are relaxed.the officials said the agency should get what it needs to secure the border, but they questioned whether such a major staff expansion was necessary, noting that apprehensions at the border have dropped.   “congress is going to be looking at this very careful






israel pm netanyahu praises trump’s plan for mexico border wall


tel aviv—israel’s prime minister benjamin netanyahu on urday praised plans by u.s. president donald trump’s new administration to build a wall on the mexico border, saying his country’s own barrier on the egyptian border had halted illegal immigration.“i built a wall along israel’s southern border. it stopped all illegal immigration,” mr. netanyahu wrote on his official twitter account, adding emoticons of the u.s. and israeli...






after 2 days, pakistan again shuts border with afghanistan


peshawar, pakistan — pakistani officials say authorities have again closed the two main border crossings with afghanistan after a temporary, two-day opening that enabled nearly 35,000 people to cross the border.the crossings were initially closed after a string of militant attacks in pakistan last month killed over 125 people.islamabad has accused kabul of failing to take action against pakistani militant sanctuaries in afghanistan's border regions. kabul has denied the allegation.border management officials fayyaz khan and irfan toor said on thursday that the torkham and chaman crossings would be shut indefinitely.the crossings are major arteries for trade and commerce between the two neighbors.pakistan and afghanistan have long accused each other of failing to combat extremists who opera






ap fact check: who needs a wall? trump says border is strong


washington (ap) — president donald trump says the border with mexico is already “getting extremely strong” and would-be illegal crossers are giving up because they think, “we can’t get in.” all without the wall he promises to build, or any reported boost in deportations, or any surge in patrol agents.the boast was one of a number at a tennessee rally wednesday night that did not track with the facts. a look at some:trump: “and by the way, aren’t our borders getting extremely strong? … we’ve already experienced an unprecedented 40 percent reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border, 61 percent — 61 percent since inauguration day. sixty-one percent; think about it. and now people are saying we’re not going to go there anymore ’cause we can’t get in, so it’s going to get better an






israel military fire tear gas to disperse lebanese protest


beirut — lebanon's national news agency says israel's military has fired tear gas across the border, breaking up a small lebanese protest against cameras installed there.the saturday protest by residents of meiss el-jabal, near the border with israel, was led by a lebanese lawmaker. the protesters were objecting to israel's installation of security cameras and a solar panel along the u.n. demarcated border which they call "contested." there was no immediate u.n. comment.israel's army said the dozens protesters crossed the international border, prompting troops to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd "and prevent further infiltrations into israeli territory."the israel-lebanon border has remained mostly quiet since 2006, when israel and hezbollah fought for a month-long war that left some 1,






can customs and border officials search your phone? these are your rights


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netthe border crossing at the santa teresa port of entry, shown here in 2012.a nasa scientist heading home to the u.s. said he was detained in january at a houston airport, where customs and border protection officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents.last month, cbp agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at new york’s john f. kennedy airport during a search for an immigrant with a deportation order.and in october, border agents seized phones and other work-related material from a canadian photojournalist. they blocked him from entering the u.s. after he refused to unlock the phones, citing his obligation to protect his sources.these and other recentincidents have revived confusi






what you need to know about the border in san diego and the wall


what you need to know about the border in san diego and the wallwhat you should know about the u.s.-mexico border and the wall trump has ordered.what you should know about the u.s.-mexico border and the wall trump has ordered.see more videos






cbsa union president says border is like ‘swiss cheese,’ calls for patrol force


the federal government needs to create a special force to patrol the vast frontier between canada and the u.s. because the rcmp is stretched too thin, says the head of the union representing the nation’s border officers.comparing the unmanned parts of the border to “swiss cheese,” jean-pierre fortin said in an interview he would like to see the creation of a 300-person mobile patrol force led by the canada border services agency — a model that wouldn’t be all that different from the way americans patrol the u.s.-mexican border.the appeal comes at a time when the nation has seen a rise in “irregular” border crossings from asylum-seekers who are bypassing designated ports of entry and coming into canada along unguarded roads, fields and railroad tracks. u.s. president donald trump’s tough st






cbsa union president says border is like ‘swiss cheese,’ calls for patrol force


the federal government needs to create a special force to patrol the vast frontier between canada and the u.s. because the rcmp is stretched too thin, says the head of the union representing the nation’s border officers.comparing the unmanned parts of the border to “swiss cheese,” jean-pierre fortin said in an interview he would like to see the creation of a 300-person mobile patrol force led by the canada border services agency — a model that wouldn’t be all that different from the way americans patrol the u.s.-mexican border.the appeal comes at a time when the nation has seen a rise in “irregular” border crossings from asylum-seekers who are bypassing designated ports of entry and coming into canada along unguarded roads, fields and railroad tracks. u.s. president donald trump’s tough st






large sewage spill in tijuana, mexico, flows north of border


san diego — officials in southern california are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the tijuana river in mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks.a report released friday by the international boundary and water commission says the spill was caused feb. 2 by an apparent rupture in a sewage collector pipe and wasn't contained until thursday. the river drains into the pacific ocean on the u.s. side of the border.serge dedina, the mayor of imperial beach, california, says residents of his city and other communities just north of the border have complained about a growing stench.dedina criticized federal officials on both sides of the border for not alerting people to the spill.officials with the international water commission didn't






hungary recruiting 'border-hunters' - bbc news


hungary are looking for 3,000 new recruits to defend the hungary-serbia border fence.nick thorpe has been to see some of them in training.






it's border economy first, party second for these members of congress


democrat scott peters, a former environmental lawyer, represents a majority anglo district in san diego not far from the mexican border and tijuana.texas republican will hurd, a 39-year-old former cia officer who’s nearly two decades younger that peters, represents a majority latino district a thousand miles to the east that spans 40 percent of america’s border with mexico.hurd has voted reliably with his party during his two terms in congress, as has peters with his party, although slightly less so, during his three terms. both are targets of the opposite party’s campaign committee in 2018.but when it comes to protecting the economic interests of the border region — and these members argue, the nation — they’ve often been “border members” first, and republicans and democrats second.“peopl






it's time to stop talking about a border wall and start stabilizing mexico


on tuesday, the u.s. supreme court heard oral arguments in hernández v. mesa, a case involving a u.s. border patrol agent who fatally shot a mexican teenager on the el paso-juárez border in 2010. the case presents some complex legal issues like whether a foreign national shot on foreign soil is entitled to fourth amendment protections, or whether the family of the mexican teenager even has standing to sue in federal court.but the facts of the case demonstrate just how complicated our problems have become along the u.s.-mexico border, and how president trump’s proposed solutions, like a border wall and mass deportations, won’t solve them.first, some context. from 2008 to 2011, juárez was embroiled in a horrifyingly violent drug war between law enforcement and rival drug cartels that claimed






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kills 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people were killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, the military said.a pakistan military statement confirmed that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that took place late on sunday.the attacks were carried out by people who had sanctuary on afghan soil, according to pakistan's foreign office and the military, and were launching the attacks by crossing the largely unpatrolled and disputed 2,500km-long border. closure of pakistan-afghanistan border crossings causes chaos"[this attack] emphasizes need for required physical presence on afghan side of the border for matching and effective border security," the statement said."terrorists are common






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people have been killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after pakistani taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, according to the military.a pakistan military statement said on monday that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that occurred late on sunday.pakistan and afghanistan share a 2,500km-long border, which is largely unpatrolled and disputed by afghanistan. closure of pakistan-afghanistan border crossings causes chaos"[this attack] emphasises the need for required physical presence on the afghan side of the border," the statement said."terrorists are a common threat and must be denied freedom of movement or action along the border."in a statement emailed to journalists, the jamaat-u






scientists say trump’s border wall will be effective at stopping animals — but n


muddy handprints cover the rusty, iron posts on this section of border fence in far south texas. the 18-foot-tall barrier, which runs between a national wildlife refuge and a local nature center, ends abruptly less than a mile down the road. still, somebody clearly thought it was best to cross here.“this is probably one of the most visible places they could have climbed,” scott nicol, co-chair of the sierra club’s borderlands campaign, said before snapping photos of the handprints. “i don’t know if they got caught or not, but they made it up and over for sure.”there’s been a lot of debate about how effective the bush-era barrier has been at keeping out illegal crossers and drug smugglers. some data indicates the barriers have encouraged people to cross in places where there isn’t one. but






number of migrants caught at mexican border plunges 40% under trump


the number of migrants caught by border patrol agents as they attempt to cross the southwest border has plunged dramatically, dropping 40% since president trump took office and signed sweeping executive orders to enforce immigration laws.about 835 people a day were caught trying to cross the border or deemed inadmissible after presenting themselves at a port of entry in february, down from about 1,370 a day in january, according to new figures released by u.s. customs and border protection,while there are often seasonal fluctuations – fewer immigrants usually attempt to cross the border from mexico into the u.s. in winter – border patrol agents typically see a 10% to 20% surge of people attempting to cross in february.already, trump’s supporters and leading members of his administration ar






amid trump travel ban, canadian schools question future of class trips to the un


schools across canada are grappling with the uncertainty of u.s. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border.a travel ban instituted by president donald trump on citizens from seven muslim-majority countries and syrian refugees may be on hold as it works its way through the u.s. justice system, but canadian schools remain concerned with how foreign-born students will be treated at the border.jim cambridge, superintendent of the sooke school district in british columbia, said there are a number of trips planned for sports, music and educational purposes in the coming months that are being reconsidered.while the refugee population among students in the vancouver island district is small, cambridge said the board must make a decision based on safety and a






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people were killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after pakistani taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, the military said.a pakistan military statement confirmed that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that took place late on sunday.pakistan and afghanistan share a 2,500km-long border, which is largely unpatrolled and disputed by afghanistan. closure of pakistan-afghanistan border crossings causes chaos"[this attack] emphasises the need for required physical presence on the afghan side of the border," the statement said."terrorists are a common threat and must be denied freedom of movement or action along the border."in a statement emailed to journalists, the jamaat-ur-ahrar faction






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people were killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, the military said.a pakistan military statement confirmed that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that took place late on sunday.the attacks were carried out by people who had sanctuary on afghan soil, according to pakistan's foreign office and the military, and were launching the attacks by crossing the largely unpatrolled and disputed 2,500km-long border. "[this attack] emphasises need for required physical presence on afghan side of the border for matching and effective border security," the statement said."terrorists are common threat and must be denied freedom of movement/action along t






trump's budget directs $2.6 billion to border wall -- and that's not all


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the omb director outlined president donald trump's budget "blueprint," which will be submitted to congress. mick mulvaney described the budget as a "true america first budget." (feb. 27) apthe u.s.-mexico border is pictured in hidalgo, texas.(photo: john moore, getty images) 66 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — president trump’s first budget provides more than $4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration — not just by building a wall along the southern border but by adding more than 1,700 border officers, prosecutors and judges.beginning work on the wall comes with the biggest outlay — $2.6 billion — followed by $1.5 billion for expanded detention, transportation and removal of illegal immigrants. the department of homeland security estimate






a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the us border / boing boin


the electronic frontier foundation has just updated its 2011 guide to digital privacy at the u.s. border with an all new edition that covers the law, administrative rules, technological options and potential repercussions of crossing the us border while not undergoing the warrantless seizure and indefinite retention of all of your sensitive data -- in a guide that breaks out the different risks for us citizens, us permanent residents, and visitors to the usa. report this ad as i've previously noted, the law regarding what protections you have at the border is frustratingly unsettled, with grey zones on everything from being compelled to unlock a device to being compelled to turn over your passwords for social media and cloud services, and since the big online platforms are not designed wit






canada border patrol responds to surge in illegal crossings


burlington, vt. (ap) — in recent months, the number of people crossing illegally from the eastern u.s. to the quebec region in canada has surged, and canadian border officials have adjusted some patrols to better deal with the influx at popular spots, officials said last week.cpl. camille habel, spokesperson for the royal canadian mounted police in quebec, said the agency arrests individuals it believes have crossed into canada illegally.habel said the agency does not keep statistics on which u.s. states people are crossing illegally from, but she said roxham road near perry mills, new york, has been a popular entry point recently. a national public radio report highlighted this area last week, saying quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum in recent months.“it’s an are






homeland security secretary: 'we’re not going to build a wall everywhere all at


homeland security secretary john f. kelly laid out for lawmakers on tuesday the lengthy timeline needed to build a wall along the border with mexico, giving the administration's first detailed description of how the project, president trump's central paign promise, will unfold. rather than immediately launching a m ive, multibillion-dollar construction project along the 2,000 miles of the southern border, kelly described a more restrained approach. “we’re not going to build a wall everywhere all at once,” he told the house homeland security committee. about 650 miles of walls and fences already exist along the border now. kelly said he would rely on border agents to tell him where they need a wall right away, and fill in gaps with ground sensors, surveillance blimps and other technolog






protesting greek farmers briefly block crossing to bulgaria


thessaloniki, greece — greek farmers angry at income cuts demanded by the country's bailout creditors have briefly blocked a border crossing to bulgaria, and are keeping a key crossing into macedonia shut for a second day.about 200 farmers closed off the promahonas crossing for nearly an hour, before freeing the road to traffic from both sides of the border tuesday.at evzoni — the busiest of the three border crossings to macedonia — dozens of trucks were lined up on both sides of the border as farmers kept up a blockade started monday.farmers also intermittently blocked roads in other parts of greece by parking tractors on the tarmac.many farmers have been hit in recent weeks with higher taxes on their income, land and fuel. the protests started last week.






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol