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Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted...

 

APNewsBreak: US approved thousands of child bride requests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man...

 

Trump says changes coming in US handling of high-tech visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promised changes in the way the U.S. handles temporary visas that allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. In a tweet, Trump said those who hold the...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that's in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into the...

 

The reality on the border: How much will a wall really help?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says there is a security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border that can be addressed only by spending $5.7 billion on a wall.  Democrats have flatly refused to agree to the funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

 

Wall debate obscures other struggles at the border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In Washington, it's all about the wall. At the border, it's only part of the story. Border authorities are struggling with outdated facilities ill-equipped to handle the growing increase in family migrants, resulting in immigrants...

 

Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan...

 

US reverses policy on migrant children's sponsors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is changing the way it reviews sponsors who want to care for migrant children in government custody — backing off a requirement that all people in the house are fingerprinted. The fingerprint requirement...

 

7-year-old in good health, border agents said; then she died

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jackeline Caal was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol...

 

Top border security official defends use of tear gas

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top border security official told skeptical senators Tuesday that the use of tear gas on a group of migrants that included children was justified to manage a chaotic clash where a crowd was hurling rocks at agents and...

 

Family separations at border down, but dozens still affected

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government...

 

Border agents face split-second decisions on use of force

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents near Tijuana, Mexico, faced a choice as they looked out over the chaos at a crowd of migrants that included rock-throwing men as well as barefoot children: Do they respond with force — and, if so,...

 

Trump backs use of 'very safe' tear gas on crowd of migrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexico border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers and barefoot, crying children. On Tuesday, U.S. authorities lowered the...

 

Trump strongly defends use of tear gas on caravan migrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children. Critics denounced the border agents'...

 

Trump eyeing staffing shakeup in Cabinet and at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was...

 

Trump moves to limit asylum; new rules challenged in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan was immediately...

 

Investigators dig for bomb motive, warn more could be found

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were intended to...

 

Florida Trump supporter charged in chilling mail-bomb plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities captured a Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump Friday and accused him of sending at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, capping a nationwide search in a case...

 

States and feds unite on election security after '16 clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn't elaborate....

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what's known about Russia's interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging...

 

Trump lashes out at Capitol Hill protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at female protesters who have confronted senators over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, labeling them "rude elevator screamers" and "paid professionals only looking to make Senators...

 

Emergency alert test sounds off on mobile phones nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic devices across the United States sounded off Wednesday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted its first-ever national wireless emergency alert test. The tone went off at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The subject of the a...

 

Watchdog: US unprepared for 'zero tolerance' immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration officials were not prepared this summer to manage the consequences of a "zero tolerance" policy at the Southwest border, which resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from their parents, Homeland...

 

Watchdog: MDs with convictions hired to examine immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — One physician appointed to examine immigrants was convicted of solicitation of capital murder because he tried to hire a hit man to kill a dissatisfied patient in Houston. Another had a history of sexual misconduct and...

 

US says transfer from FEMA funds won't harm hurricane relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator's claim that nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement. Sen. Jeff Merkley's claim,...

 

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