Ellen M. Gilmer

U.S. lacks ‘Operational Control’ of border says Chief

The Department of Homeland Security lacks operational control of the border, a top official told lawmakers, a significant admission as Republicans accuse the Biden administration of failing to secure the US-Mexico border. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) pressed Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz Wednesday on the matter during a field hearing in […]

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Biden braces for possible 14,000 migrants a day

The possibility of 14,000 migrant crossings a day is pushing the Biden administration toward a new rule that would severely limit migrants’ ability to qualify for asylum at the southern border, Axios has learned. Why it matters: Officials are concerned that Border Patrol stations will face acute overcrowding and Department of Homeland Security resources will […]

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Biden gives in; will fix Trump border wall

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will work to close gaps in the physical barriers along the southwest border and fix environmental and other issues with the Trump-era wall construction amid growing concerns about the federal government’s ability to handle high levels of unauthorized migration. Officials said the latest work, authorized by Homeland Security […]