The White House is expanding a pandemic-era program allowing the administration to quickly expel people from Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti who illegally cross into the country from Mexico.
President Biden's pick to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, told senators that he would seek to balance border security with humane treatment of migrants.
While border wall opponents are celebrating, they also say the fight may not be over. Environmental activists want wildlife corridors restored; others oppose security measure like cameras and drones.
As many as 200 were held for questioning at a border crossing near Seattle. Some Iranian Americans are so concerned that they are canceling plans to travel abroad.
House and Senate leaders aim to vote by the Friday deadline on a seven-bill spending package that includes a $1.375 billion in funding for 55 miles of fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Environmental groups and the state of California had argued that the Trump administration overstepped its authority when it waived the environmental laws to build border barriers. A court disagrees.
If an agreement isn't reached by Friday at midnight, the government could partially shut down again, just three weeks after the end of a 35-day partial government shutdown.
House and Senate lawmakers formally kicked off negotiations over funding the Department of Homeland Security, facing a Feb. 15 deadline for a spending bill Trump will sign to avoid another shutdown.