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U.S. Supreme Court says Trump can spend military funds on wall

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:54 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top congressional Democrats, denounce the ruling

TRIUMPH. Donald Trump gets the greenlight to spend military funds for building a wall at the US-Mexico border. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Father, daughter drowning fuels anger at Trump migration policies

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The intertwined bodies in the viral photo are those of asylum-seeker Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria. They drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas.

The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (L) and his daughter Angie Valeria (R) are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. - The poignant pictures of Ramirez and his daughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday and has sparked outrage back home in El Salvador, where around 200 migrants like them leave for the United States daily, preparing to take similar risks. (Photo by Marco Rodriguez / AFP)

U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:56 AM

John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, says in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner on July 5

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

Mexico will not detain migrants at U.S. border – president

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'We are going to deal with this matter so that no abuses are committed,' says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

US-MEXICO BORDER. In this file photo, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City on July 5, 2018. File photo Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Trump backers launch construction on private border wall

May 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Sporting a red 'Make America Great Again' hat, New Mexico resident Jeff Allen proudly oversees the erection of a towering fence of steel slats on land he co-owns

Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on May 26, 2019.  HERIKA MARTÍNEZ / AFP

3-year-old boy 'abandoned' at U.S.-Mexico border

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 AM

US border patrol officials say the boy was 'abandoned; by a group of suspected illegal immigrants who had crossed into the United States from Mexico near Brownsville, Texas

An ice-cream vendor walks near the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is sending armed soldiers to the southern border after Mexican soldiers recently "pulled guns" on US troops. Guillermo Arias / AFP

Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to U.S.-Mexico border

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

'Mexico's Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again!' President Donald Trump tweets

US-MEXICO BORDER. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019, a Mexican Military Police officer guards the exterior of a warehouse used as a shelter for Central American migrants in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico,at the US border. File photo by Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP

U.S. lawmakers challenge Pentagon diversion of $1 billion for border wall

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Less than one day after acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan authorizes moving the funds from existing Defense Department projects to border construction, the US House Armed Services Committee says it is not permitted

Picture of a section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on February 5, 2019. - United States President Donald Trump, is expected to talk on border security tonight during his State of the Union. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Pentagon authorizes $1 billion for Trump's border wall

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The White House lays out a 2020 budget proposal which contains $8.6 billion in new wall funding, above the $5.7 billion Trump sought for this year

BORDER WALL. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

The week in photos: February 23-March 1, 2019

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:55 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

16 states sue Trump over border wall emergency

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:12 AM

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia are party to the complaint seeking an injunction

Trump says will sign 'emergency' to build border wall

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:52 PM

President Donald Trump repeats his claim that a wall is needed to stop an 'invasion' of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico

BORDER WALL. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Trump ready to sign border deal, averting shutdown – reports

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:10 PM

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders won't confirm or deny the reports, but says 'there are positive pieces' in the deal

BORDER DEAL. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

New migrant caravan reaches U.S.-Mexico border

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, arrive in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas

AT THE BORDER. Picture of a section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Can Trump use 'emergency powers' to build border wall?

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:59 AM

While US President Donald Trump does have emergency powers, those powers are not unlimited and can be blocked by Congress and the courts

BORDER WALL QUESTIONS. A US Customs and Border Protection helicopter flies over the border wall during a safety drill in the Anapra area in Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States, across from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on January 31, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Trump storms out of border wall negotiations

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) 'A total waste of time,' Trump tweets about his White House meeting with top Democratic congressional leaders. 'I said bye-bye, nothing else works!'

ON BORDER WALL. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by AFP

Trump insists on steel wall with Mexico in prime-time speech

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security,' says Trump

MEXICO WALL. US President Donald Trump delivers a televised address to the nation on funding for a border wall from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on January 8, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says build U.S.-Mexico wall or he'll seal border

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:14 PM

(2nd UPDATE) In a burst of early morning tweets US President Donald Trump says the alternative to funding his hugely controversial wall project would be total separation from Mexico

MEXICO BORDER. A group of Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- climb the border fence between Mexico and the United States, near El Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. File photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

U.S. gov't partially shuts as Congress, Trump fail to reach deal

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) While most critical security functions remain operational, the effects of the budget wrangling and uncertainty have cast an air of chaos over the capital

U.S. gov't lurches toward shutdown as Trump rejects stopgap fix

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:52 AM

US President Donald Trump doubles down on his demand for funding for a US-Mexico border wall which Democrats in Congress refuse to support

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for Paris in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said November 13, 2018 that the United States was aware of undeclared North Korean missile bases revealed by US researchers but insisted all was fine."We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new -- and nothing happening out of the normal," Trump wrote on Twitter. "I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!" he said.  NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

U.S. Senate approves stopgap averting shutdown but denying Trump wall funds

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Republican Senator Ted Cruz lamented the bill's passage, calling it a 'missed opportunity to deliver on the promises made to the American people'

Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion are installing barbed wire fences on the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo on November 18, 2018. Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion are working in Laredo to install fencing as part of a military deployment ordered by President Donald Trump to harden the US-Mexico border and provide engineering and logistical support to Customs and Border Protection agents. Thomas WATKINS / AFP

Migrants defy Trump at Mexico border as U.S. forces flex muscle

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The increased tension over the presence of a thousands-strong migrant caravan comes as Donald Trump marks Thanksgiving Day by threatening to close the border if he thinks Mexico has lost control of it

AT THE BORDER. A group of Central American migrants - mostly from Honduras - moving towards the United States, rest near el Chaparral port of entry at the US-Mexico border after a demonstration as Federal Police guards in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on November 22, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

U.S. troops limited to batons on Mexico border

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

American troops on the border with Mexico can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, says Defense Minister Jim Mattis

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Thousands of U.S. troops head for southern border

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The move represents a massive military buildup along the border, where some 2,000 National Guardsmen are already working to provide assistance to overwhelmed authorities

BORDER. US riot police officers take part in a border security drill at the US-Mexico international bridge, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Pentagon to send about 800 troops to US-Mexico border

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The move comes as thousands of Central American migrants are crossing Mexico toward the United States in a slow-moving caravan.

CARAVAN. Honduran migrants take part in a new caravan heading to the US with Honduran and Guatemalan national flags in Quezaltepeque, Chiquimula, Guatemala on October 22, 2018. Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels – White House

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

US Customs and Border Protection says it has apprehended 16,658 people who arrived in the country in families last month, some 900 more than August and nearly 12,000 more than September one year ago

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Team Trump looks to start off on right foot with Mexico president-elect

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

'I believe we can be reasonably optimistic that Mexico will be able to find a basis for understanding and have a better relationship with the United States,' says Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is received by Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C) and his appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard (R), upon his arrival at the party's headquarters in Mexico City, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump, Mexico president-elect get off to 'great' start

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador writes on Twitter, 'I proposed exploring a universal deal [involving] development projects that would create jobs in Mexico and, by doing so, reduce migration and improve security'

FIRST PHONE CALL. US President Donald Trump and newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speak in a phone call. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

U.S. states sue Washington over immigrant separation

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We have no way to predict from one day to the next what this president's policies or intentions are,' Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says in a statement

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

'I really don't care': Melania Trump jacket stuns on migrant visit

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:32 AM

A tone-deaf sartorial decision – or a hidden message from the first lady? And if so, to whom?

MIGRANT VISIT. US First Lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Rorce Base in Maryland June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words 'I really don't care, do you?' following her surprise visit with child migrants on the US-Mexico border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump orders halt to family separations

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) Despite the order, reports say there is no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families

SIGNED. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence (R), signs an executive order that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States on June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The order would detain parents and children together. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump urges Republicans to fix family separation crisis

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of House Democrats yell out at Donald Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress

US IMMIGRATION. (R-L) U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) hold signs as they stage a protest outside a meeting between US President Donald Trump and House Republicans at the US Capitol June 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Mike Pence blasts 'weak' immigration laws in speech at U.S.-Mexico border

May 01, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The US vice president visits a construction site for a barrier in the Californian border town of Calexico, 200 kilometers east of the San Diego-Tijuana crossing

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (not in frame) at the Presidential guest house in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017.  Pence launches a Latin America tour that has taken on new significance following President Donald Trump's threat of a possible "military option" against Venezuela. The weeklong trip, aimed at coordinating a regional diplomatic action to the political crisis in Caracas, begins in Colombia and also includes Argentina, Chile and Panama. / AFP PHOTO / STR

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Mexico reviews cooperation with U.S. over 'blatant' tension

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has ordered all federal government departments to re-evaluate bilateral cooperation with the United States – a review Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray says is a direct response to recent tension

NATIONAL GUARD. Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to instructions on April 9, 2018, at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix. Arizona deployed its first 225 National Guard members to the Mexican border on Monday after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the frontier region to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Photo by Caitlin O'Hara/AFP

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump, claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security, while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Will US President Donald Trump veto the spending bill if the Mexico border wall isn t funded?

TRADE CHEATS. US President Donald Trump is set to issue two executive orders aimed at determining the cause of the US' $50-billion trade deficit. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Mexican president says seeking 'new relationship' with U.S.

Mar 30, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Peña Nieto: We are sure that we are going to be able to reach an understanding that will be positive for both our nations

In this file photo, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto makes a statement to the press  on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE An alarmed United Nations warn against abrupt funding cuts that would undermine its longer term reform efforts

AMERICAN AID. In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Mexico Catholic Church says government submits to Trump 'terrorism'

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The Church says Mexican authorities only make declarations and promises their reactions are lukewarm and they also show fear and even worse submission

In this file photo, flags of the United States and Mexico wave before the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico vows to impose tariffs if Trump presses wall payment

Feb 26, 2017 - 8:58 AM

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray notes that if Trump places tariffs on Mexican goods it will hit US households that buy all sorts of products from south of the border

The U.S.-Mexico border fence stands along the border on September 28, 2016 in the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation center, California. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Top U.S. envoys to meet Mexico president to calm tension

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Border security law enforcement cooperation and trade among other issues will be discussed by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly

In this file photo, flags of the United States and Mexico wave before the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands of Mexicans protest against Trump

Feb 13, 2017 - 1:13 PM

In what looked set to be Mexico s biggest anti Trump protest yet some 20 cities joined the call to march made by a group of dozens of universities business associations and civic organizations

Thousands take part in an anti-Trump march in Mexico City, on February 12, 2017. Hector Guerrero/AFP

Trump, Mexican leader speak to mend rift over wall

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:01 AM

UPDATED The Mexican government s version statement after the hour long phone conversation includes a line missing from the White House text: The presidents also agreed for now to no longer speak publicly about this controversial issue

DIPLOMATIC TENSIONS. View of the U.S.- Mexico border fence in the outskirts of Tijuana, northwestern Mexico on January 26, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Mexico's Peña Nieto mulls cancelling Trump meeting over wall plan

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Peña Nieto: I have said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall Mexico gives and demands respect as the completely sovereign nation that we are

BARRIER. A pedestrian walks towards the port of Entry at the U.S.-Mexico border wall on January 25, 2017 in San Ysidro, California. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/AFP

Trump orders wall construction, angering Mexico

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The US leader instructs officials on Wednesday January 25 to begin to plan design and construct a physical wall along the southern border and see how it could be funded

The U.S.-Mexico border fence stands along the border on September 28, 2016 in the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation center, California. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP