The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso sector, human smugglers are using drones to help immigrants looking to enter the United States illegally.
The Defense Department has awarded $976 million to two companies to help fix the wall along the southern border.
Amid record numbers of apprehensions, President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border in a tweet for the third time since Thanksgiving.
On March 19, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the government’s authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation after they have completed prison terms.
The Pentagon released a list of military construction projects, which could be delayed or have funds diverted to fund the southern border fence.
In an abrupt change, CBP has announced it will start releasing some migrant families from its detention facilities in Texas due to overcrowded conditions.
The northbound migration of illegal immigrants has changed so much that apprehension numbers might overwhelm existing Border Patrol resources.
President Donald Trump has renewed his fight for border wall funding as the White House submitted its 2020 budget proposal to Congress on March 11.