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President Joe Biden descends from Air Force One as he arrives for his first official visit to the border on Sunday, Jan. 8.

President Joe Biden arrived in El Paso Sunday for a three-hour visit at a time when the city has been the focal point of a national debate over how the United States deals with immigration. Read more»

You can’t convince people you’re a Christian or love the messages of Jesus when you’re hurting the most vulnerable for a political stunt. Read more»

A U.S. Army soldier assigned to the Connecticut Army National Guard operates an M113 armored personnel carrier at Stones Ranch Military Reservation. The Texas Military Department plans to send M113s to the Texas-Mexico border.

An order issued by Texas Military Department officials reveals that Texas National Guard will soon deploy 10 M113 armored personnel carrier vehicles - designed to carry troops into battle alongside tanks - to the border in response to a high number of migrant encounters. Read more»

A Title 42 protest in Nogales, Sonora on March 22, 2022. Immigration officials have used the health order more than 2 million times to expel migrants since March, 2020.

Accusing the Biden administration of violating the Constitution by failing to protect Texas from an invasion by Mexican drug cartels and undocumented immigrants, Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday said the state will escalate its efforts to turn back those who enter illegally. Read more»

A Title 42 protest in Nogales, Sonora on March 22, 2022. Immigration officials have used the health order more than 2 million times to expel migrants since March, 2020.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the federal government from continuing to use an emergency health order known as Title 42 to immediately expel migrants at the southern border after they have entered the United States. Read more»

A group of migrants from Venezuela walk between the southern border wall and the Rio Grande towards a temporary U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in El Paso on Oct. 6, 2022.

There were nearly 2.4 million migrant arrests at the nation’s southwestern border this fiscal year - the highest number ever recorded, according to Border Patrol - but it's unclear how many represent individuals crossing because the count includes people who make repeated attempts. Read more»

A young Colombian family boards the bus to Washington, D.C., to escape the heat while it prepares to depart on Oct. 10, 2022, in Somerton, Ariz. It takes about two days to make the trip.

Arizona Gov. Ducey’s policy of shuttling migrants to the nation’s capital - alternatively sold as a way to hit back at President Biden’s alleged failure to secure the border or aid for migrants looking to settle further inland - has come under fire from local immigrant advocacy groups. Read more»

Two buses from Texas transporting immigrants arrive at Washington D.C.’s Union Station on April 21.

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has opened an investigation into whether southern border state governors - including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey - misled immigrants as part of what he called a “political stunt” to transport them to Washington. Read more»

A row of shipping containers and razor wire on the banks of the Rio Grande was ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott to form a makeshift border wall in Eagle Pass on Nov. 19, 2021.

A service member assigned to the Texas National Guard’s border security mission, Operation Lone Star, died by a self-inflicted gunshot with his duty weapon Tuesday morning in Eagle Pass, the 10th known Texas Guard member linked to the mission to die since September 2021. Read more»

A bus that carried migrants from the border to Washington, D.C., idles two blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Texas state-sponsored buses arrive without notice or coordination and migrants often are hungry or sick. Arizona buses, by contrast, serve food and carry medical professionals to help migrants on the way. Only about 60 people a week use buses provided by Arizona to reach areas near Washington, D.C.

Despite some Republican governors using migrant buses to try to embarrass Democrats, transportation for migrants from border areas to places where they can find shelter may be an important part of handling an unprecedented crush of asylum seekers. Read more»

Department of Public Safety agents arrest a group of migrants as part of Operation Lone Star on Nov. 8, 2021, after they were caught on private property in Kinney County.

The number of migrant encounters at the Texas-Mexico border has climbed from 114,184 in March 2021, the month the mission began, to 122,680 in August — a failure of Abbott’s office’s stated desire to “stop this revolving door and deter others considering entering illegally.” Read more»

Dozens of migrants, including several family units, leave on a New York City-bound bus outside a shelter in El Paso on Aug. 31, 2022. The city and county of El Paso are sponsoring (to be reimbursed by FEMA) the voluntary trips to relieve pressure on local resources and shelters.

Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis are following a familiar playbook: Put immigration front and center in election season to take advantage of populist backlash - but using migrants as props has taken the issue to another level. Read more»

Migrants head back toward the bus that carried them from the border to Washington, D.C. In May, Arizona started busing migrants from the state to Washington, D.C., which has cost the state $3 million in its first three months.

What started in the spring as a publicity stunt to draw the attention of the White House has caught fire - with other Republican officials in Arizona and Florida following suit - with buses dropping people off outside of Vice President Kamala Harris’ D.C. residence and Martha’s Vineyard. Read more»

Migrants head back toward the bus that carried them from the border to Washington, D.C. More than 100 buses have brought 3,400 migrants from Texas and Arizona as of June.

As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expands his program to bus migrants into a third major metro, immigration rights experts say the Republican governor is actually establishing one of the nation’s most generous publicly funded services to assist immigrants entering the country. Read more»

Two buses transporting migrants from Texas arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on April 21. In total, more than 7,400 migrants have been bused to the nation’s capital, and over 1,500 have been sent to New York City, at a cost of more than $12 million.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Chicago is the latest destination to which Texas will bus migrants - at a cost so far of more than $12 million - a practice Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office called “racist,” but affirmed the city’s commitment to welcoming the new arrivals. Read more»

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