Child immigrant flow slow for now

Child immigrant flow slow for now

The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have found fewer than 500 children crossing the border illegally this week, the officials said. Last month, agents […]

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1. Governors of both parties expressed concerns […]

Possible deal could result in faster deportations

Possible deal could result in faster deportations

Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after […]

Trying to sell a $3.7 billion quick immigration fix

Trying to sell a $3.7 billion quick immigration fix

In what figures to be a tough sell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is going to Capitol Hill to make the case for President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of unaccompanied child immigrants that has overwhelmed the Border Patrol in South Texas. Johnson’s scheduled appearance Thursday before the […]

DHS Secretary wants review of immigrant releases

DHS Secretary wants review of immigrant releases

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is asking for an internal review of the Obama administration’s release of tens of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of crimes and facing deportation. He’s telling lawmakers he wants a deeper understanding of the issue. Federal data published this month showed that the Homeland Security […]

Homeland Security issues new asylum claim rules

Homeland Security issues new asylum claim rules

The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. The chief of the asylum division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has told asylum officers that immigrants who make a “credible fear” claim, the […]

Secret Service Agents reassigned

Secret Service Agents reassigned

The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on presidential trips. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the division’s special agent […]