Border Security

Biden’s Latest Border Moves Spur Criticism that He’s Continuing Wall Construction

The administration says it’s filling in wall gaps for agent safety and flood control, and documents suggest an environmental assessment for 86 miles of wall in South Texas is a stalling tactic.

Internal Investigation Confirms Border Patrol Failures Leading Up to a 16-Year-Old’s Death on the Floor of His Cell

A Border Patrol agent logged welfare checks that didn’t happen. Only one medical professional was caring for 200 sick migrants. The government hasn’t said whether anyone is being punished.

Trump’s Big Border Wall Is Now a Pile of Rusting Steel

Worth at least a quarter billion dollars, the steel bollards are a relic of the Trump era.

IG: $400M Border Contract Awarded Properly, Though Investigators Met Roadblocks in Interviews 

This was one of several contracts awarded under the Trump administration for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

A Secretive Counterterrorism Team Interrogated Dozens of Citizens at the Border, Government Report Finds

A report by a federal watchdog shows how the Trump administration flagged at least 51 citizens for interrogation at the border based on evidence as flimsy as once having ridden in a car with someone suspected of aiding the migrant “caravan.”

Homeland Security Investigates Border Patrol Agents for Potential Misconduct, Sends More Personnel to Texas

DHS secretary says he was "horrified" and "troubled" by actions of federal border personnel in Del Rio, Texas.

The Federal Government Calls It a Levee. South Texas Immigration Advocates and Environmentalists See a Border Wall.

Border wall opponents say President Joe Biden broke his promise to halt border wall construction when Homeland Security started building a wall and calling it a levee.

Homeland Security Cancels Two Border Wall Contracts

These are the first cancellations since DHS released its plan for unobligated border wall funds in June. 

Donald Trump Visits Texas to Tour “Unfinished Border Wall” on U.S.-Mexico Border with Gov. Greg Abbott

The former president is toured border Wednesday with Abbott, who has promised to build a state-funded border wall.

Watchdog: Army Corps of Engineers Should Reevaluate Border Contracting Strategies 

The agency said while President Trump’s border emergency was “largely undefined,” it’s considering changes for emergency responses. 

Donald Trump to Tour Border Wall with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30

Abbott announced last Thursday that Texas would build its own border wall to stem the flow of migrants from Mexico.

Biden Administration Outlines Plans for Unspent Border Wall Funds

A watchdog is still in the process of determining whether or not the construction pause at the start of Biden's term was legal. 

Lawmakers Say Biden's Deployments of Feds to the Border Risk Agency Missions

Republican House members ask for data on governmentwide details set up to address uptick in migrant children.

'Shadow Wins': How ICE Avoids Judicial Accountability by Quietly Releasing Immigrants Who Challenge Being Detained

ICE helps maintain the status quo of prolonged detentions by releasing immigrants without having their cases vindicated in court, according to a new report.

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border

In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit. The documents also show that more lawyers were targeted than previously known.

Biden Administration Cancels Border Contracts, Returns Funds to Pentagon

The administration is also looking to repair damage in border communities. 

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Pushes Federal Hiring Spree to Address Border Influx

Several agencies would see boosted workforces, even those where Democrats previously resisted such efforts.