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Mayorkas Discusses Expanded Partnerships in Spain

Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Grande-Marlaska explored opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Spain, to include joint efforts to manage migration, address root causes of irregular migration, and combat domestic violent extremism. Keep Reading

// by Bridget Johnson

Raul Ortiz Named Chief of U.S. Border Patrol

Ortiz replaces Rodney Scott, who was named Border Patrol chief in January 2020 after Carla Provost, the first woman to lead the agency, stepped down. Scott said he had received a letter telling him he had “3 options- relocate, resign, or retire.” Keep Reading

Illegal Border Crossings Increase in Europe

The number of illegal border crossings at Europe’s external borders in the first four months of 2021 reached 36,100, about a third higher than a year ago when irregular migration dropped due to travel limitations linked to the outbreak of COVID-19. In April, the number of illegal border crossings recorded a four-fold rise over April 2020. Keep Reading

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