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Border Patrol Found More Than Pulp Inside These Pumpkins

Officials discovered $400K worth of meth in gourds arriving from Mexico

(Newser) - Last week, more than $300,000 worth of methamphetamine was uncovered at Texas' Eagle Pass Port of Entry, across from Piedras Negras in Mexico. This week, drug smugglers got a little more creative with their meth stash: cramming it into four condom-filled pumpkins, reports NBC News . A release from Customs...

At the Border, a Milestone on Migrant Arrivals

There were more than 2M 'encounters' with border officials over the past year—a big first

(Newser) - There were more migrant arrivals along the US-Mexico border in the past fiscal year than any other: More than 2 million people tried to enter the United States from our southern neighbor, a record achieved in the first 11 months alone. Per a document from US Customs and Border Protection,...

50 Wheels of Undeclared Cheese Cost NM Woman

She was fined $1K after trying to enter Texas from Mexico

(Newser) - Officers with Customs and Border Protection say they stopped a woman hiding contraband under a blanket in her SUV as she tried to cross the Texas border from Mexico earlier this month. But it wasn't drugs, or even weapons—though it may have been sharp: It was 50 wheels...

Teams Search for Victims After 9 Deaths in Rising Rio Grande

River water was flowing five times faster than usual after heavy rain

(Newser) - Officials on both sides of the US-Mexico border searched for more victims Saturday after at least nine migrants died while trying to cross the rain-swollen Rio Grande, a dangerous border-crossing attempt in an area where the river level had risen by more than 2 feet in a single day. US...

Feds Find First Major Drug Tunnel Since 2020

It ran from Tijuana to San Diego warehouse

(Newser) - The legalization of marijuana in California hasn't put the cross-border tunnel builders in the San Diego area out of business, but the highly sophisticated tunnels are now being used for different drugs, federal authorities say. The latest tunnel to be detected ran 1,744 feet from a property in...

Body of Soldier Who Drowned Trying to Rescue Migrants Found

Bishop Evans was a 'hero who risked his life in service of Texas and America'

(Newser) - The body of a National Guard soldier who drowned while trying to rescue two struggling migrants from the Rio Grande was recovered Monday morning, authorities say. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Specialist Bishop E. Evans, a 22-year-old Texas Guardsman from Arlington, was a "hero who risked his life in...

Woman Gets Stuck Climbing Border Wall, Dies

She was upside down for a significant amount of time, authorities say

(Newser) - A 32-year-old woman attempting to climb over a border wall from Mexico into Douglas, Arizona, was killed Monday when she got stuck upside down. The unidentified woman got over the wall and was using a harness to go down the other side, but her foot and leg got tangled and...

At US-Mexico Border, Truckers Block Bridges in Protest

This time it's Mexican truckers, upset over Texas governor's inspections order that's slowing traffic

(Newser) - There's a new trucker protest underway, this time along the US southern border. Reuters reports that big-rig drivers from Mexico have been blocking bridges leading in and out of Texas for days, a protest against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's recent mandate that officials carry out vehicle safety inspections...

Guy Tries to Smuggle 2 Men Into US in Coffin

Suspicious Border Patrol agents found men, alive, inside

(Newser) - Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, arrived at a Border Patrol checkpoint near the US-Mexico border with an American flag-draped coffin in the back of his van Oct. 26. When asked what he had, he replied, "Dead guy, Navy guy." The agent, who is a military veteran, got suspicious, however,...

It's a Milestone Day for Travelers to the US

Pandemic restrictions lifted for those who are vaccinated from abroad

(Newser) - The US lifted restrictions Monday on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada, and most of Europe, setting the stage for reunions nearly two years in the making and providing a boost for the airline and tourism industries decimated by the pandemic. The rules that go into...

Biden: Families Separated at Border Won't Get $450K

'That's not going to happen,' he says

(Newser) - Update: President Biden says there is no way families separated at the border under the Trump administration will be getting compensation of $450,000 per person. "That's not going to happen," the president said at a White House briefing Wednesday, per the New York Times . He described...

US Reopening Land Borders —for the Fully Vaccinated

Nonessential travel from Canada, Mexico will resume, provided travelers are vaccinated

(Newser) - The US will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vehicle, rail, and ferry travel between the US and Canada and Mexico has been...

After Outcry, Photographer Says He Saw No Violence

Biden joins outcry at mounted agents' conduct, promising consequences

(Newser) - The people who have responded with horror to images of Border Patrol agents on horseback appearing to corral Haitian immigrants at the Rio Grande include the US president and vice president. Some of the photos seem to show agents using whips, KTSM reports. But that's not quite what the...

Texas Creates 'Steel Barrier' to Deter Surge of Migrants

As thousands remain under Del Rio International Bridge

(Newser) - Texas' latest move to deter the unprecedented number of migrants surging into the state: a "steel barrier" that stretches for miles. No, it's not an actual wall; as CNN explains, Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles are parked along the border, Texas Gov. Greg...

Harris 'Deeply Troubled' by Images From Border
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Harris 'Deeply Troubled' by Images From Border

Homeland Security says behavior of mounted Border Patrol agents will be investigated

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris says she is "deeply troubled" by images and videos of mounted Border Patrol officers using their animals to try to force back migrants at the Rio Grande. "Human beings should never be treated that way," Harris said Tuesday. Harris and Homeland Security Secretary...

White House Calls Apparent Use of Whips at Border 'Horrific'

Border Patrol says matter is being looked into

(Newser) - White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that images of federal agents apparently using whips on Haitian migrants at the border are "obviously horrific" and that the administration is trying to learn more about what happened. "I don't have the full context. I can't imagine what...

Official: 'Good Progress' on Plan to Deal With Surge of Migrants

Deportation flights may ramp up Sunday to deal with influx of Haitians at Texas-Mexico border

(Newser) - The Biden administration worked Saturday on plans to send many of the thousands of Haitian immigrants who've gathered in a Texas border city back to their Caribbean homeland, in a swift response to the huge influx of people who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and congregated under and...

Thousands of Haitians Are Stuck Under Texas Bridge

Surge in border crossings has created what Ted Cruz calls a 'manmade disaster'

(Newser) - A surge in migrants across the southern border has created a potential humanitarian crisis in Texas—and more headaches for the Biden administration. More than 10,000 migrants, most of them Haitian, are camped under a Texas bridge in conditions that local officials liken to a shantytown, the New York ...

Mexico Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion

The decision affects Coahuila immediately, but sets a precedent for the whole country

(Newser) - Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila—a state on the Texas border—that had made abortion a criminal act. The decision will immediately only affect the northern border state, but it establishes "obligatory...

SCOTUS to Biden: Reinstate Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy

High court refuses to block lower court ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the US. With three liberal justices in dissent, the high court on Tuesday refused to block a lower court ruling ordering...

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