Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trump sees the missing children as an opportunity to push his agenda

As controversy grows over his administration’s treatment of children separated from undocumented immigrant parents, Trump is seeking a political opening to damage his opponents and solidify his own support. Trump chose to wage his latest political battle over his administration’s policy of separating children from parents caught crossing the border. The controversy over the policy […]

Trump’s ICE is after all unauthorized immigrants, even those without a record

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting more immigrants, and increasingly they have not been convicted of crimes, according to data released yesterday by the agency. The new figures, which reflect the first two quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, show that ICE is carrying out the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants that President Donald Trump promised. […]

John Kelly believes separating immigrants families will keep people from crossing the border

President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly defended separating undocumented immigrants from their children as a necessary evil in the administration’s effort to increase border security, during an interview with National Public Radio last Thursday. “The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever,” Kelly said. “But the big point […]

Despite what Trump says, arrests at the Mexican border are at a historic low

The number of people caught trying to cross the border with Mexico increased for a third straight month in April, but overall apprehension numbers remain at historic lows, according to data released last Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The increase comes as more than 150 people from Central America have reached the border and applied for […]

Trump’s decision to militarize the border is causing headaches for the Pentagon

  One month after President Trump’s unexpected move to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon is pushing ahead in moving thousands of troops and equipment south. At least 1,500 guardsmen have now been sent to the border to curtail a “surge of illegal activity,” according to Trump, amid outstanding questions about the […]

Vice President Pence visits the Mexico-California border, just miles away from the caravan

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Calexico border wall yesterday where he received a briefing on the construction of the barrier, got a tour and delivered remarks to Customs and Border Patrol employees. “This is the beginning of keeping our promise to the American people that we’re going to build a wall,” Pence said The […]

Greyhound will allow Border Patrol to check passengers’ papers

Border Patrol officers routinely board buses without a warrant, without specific people they’re targeting, up to 100 miles from the border — and ask passengers for their papers and Greyhound, the nation’s largest intercity bus line, lets them do it and doesn’t plan to stop. Greyhound officials say they’re just complying with the law. But […]

California Governor sends troops to the Mexican Border

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an order authorizing 400 state National Guard troops to be deployed as part of President Donald Trump’s order for troops to be sent to the U.S. border with Mexico. “We want to be cooperative,” Mr. Brown said Tuesday during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington. “There’s […]

Trump wants to militarize the Mexican Border

The White House said Tuesday night that President Trump planned to deploy the National Guard to the southern border to confront what it called a growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime from Central America. “We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things — I’ve […]

ACLU sues federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced last Friday that it has filed a national class-action lawsuit against multiple federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families. “Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their […]