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Concertina wire recently installed in Eagle Pass by the National Guard as part of Operation Lone Star.

Operation Lone Star as helped increase Texas' budget for border security to more than $3 billion through 2023 - but the state’s claims the program has disrupted drug and human smuggling have included crimes with no connection to the border and work conducted prior to the operation. Read more»

Protesters stand at the front steps of the state Capitol in opposition to Texas' abortion restrictions law on Oct. 2, 2021.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sent the legal challenge to Texas’ restrictive abortion law to the state’s Supreme Court, a move that is expected to significantly delay the case and that abortion opponents had hoped would occur. Read more»

Makeshift shelters at a temporary migrant camp under the international bridge in Del Rio on Sept. 17, 2021.

The situation in Del Rio spiraled last week as more than 15,000 migrants, many of them from Haiti, arrived at the border in recent days, settling in a makeshift camp as they waited for CBP agents to process their petitions to stay in the U.S. Read more»

The temporary processing facilities in Donna, Texas, February 25, 2021, constructed to safely process family units and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) encountered and in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Biden administration and the Mexican government have made the situation at the border so confusing that even seasoned experts can’t always determine who is allowed in and who isn’t. That may be contributing to the high number of border crossings. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection officials in February process asylum seekers who had been waiting in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols. The 'remain in Mexico' program was one of the first Trump policies reversed by the Biden administration, but critics charge Biden with going too far.

The Biden administration shuttered a migrant tent camp in Mexico that was created under a Trump policy. But in closing the camp, the Biden administration strayed from its own guidelines to prioritize vulnerable migrants who have pending court cases, essentially allowing some in the camp to skip the line. Many migrants whose asylum cases had already been denied or who otherwise didn’t qualify for entrance were allowed into the U.S. to be processed, stoking confusion about who gets in and who doesn’t. Read more»

Global Precision Systems, a subsidiary of Bering Straits Native Corporation, contracts with ICE to run the El Paso Processing Center.

Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. Read more»

Global Precision Systems, a subsidiary of Bering Straits Native Corporation, contracts with ICE to run the El Paso Processing Center.

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion. Read more»

Children seeking asylum at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, in May.

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing the deportations of migrant children. Read more»