Borderlands

Advocates alarmed by reports administration may lower refugee cap again

WASHINGTON - Advocates reacted with alarm Tuesday to published reports that the Trump administration may again cut the number of refugees allowed in to the U.S., a move they said would endanger vulnerable people and tarnish the country's standing.

Border apprehensions fell sharply, but still at highest level in years

WASHINGTON - Apprehensions at the southern border dropped sharply in August, to just over 64,000 people, in part because of increased cooperation from Mexican authorities, a Customs and Border Protection official said. But apprehensions were still the highest of any August in the last five years.

Deferred action on DACA: Program lives on; advocates worry for how long

WASHINGTON - Two years after the Trump administration announced plans to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program still has a pulse - though advocates worry about how long that might last, and the Supreme Court could settle the question this fall.

Yuma border projects get Pentagon funding, as Fort Huachuca takes a hit

WASHINGTON - Border construction near Yuma will receive almost $1.3 billion of the $3.6 billion the Defense Department said it will divert from other planned military projects - including $30 million from a project that had been scheduled for Fort Huachuca.

DHS plan to close Flores ‘loophole’ likely to get tied in knots

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration unveiled new rules to replace the Flores agreement, a 1997 court ruling that severely limits the amount of time migrant children can be held by the government, but advocates say plan is flawed and that Flores is not likely to go down without a fight.

Senate GOP steamrolls Democrats, gets immigration bill out of committee

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a GOP-backed bill that would force migrants to apply for asylum at facilities outside the U.S., raise the limit on how long immigrant children can be held in detention and add 500 new immigration judges, among other changes.