Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Democrats offer includes money for border security, but not for a wall

Congressional Democrats’ opening offer in the conference committee negotiations over border security includes money for new customs agents, technology, and humanitarian relief but not a penny for a border wall. It’s an offer President Trump is certain to refuse. In a series of tweets Thursday, the president explained that congressional Republicans are “wasting their time” talking with […]

DREAMer says Democrats should not accept Trump’s DACA deal

President Trump is offering a three-year extension to DACA recipients, but one DREAMer is urging Democrats to reject the deal. “I think they should absolutely not take this deal, and the reason why is because right now DACA is still in place,” she told the network’s Ana Cabrera. “Courts are upholding and protecting the program […]

Julian Castro met with Latino leaders days before he makes presidency announcement

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro met with Nevada Democrats and leaders of the Latino community in Las Vegas on Tuesday, days ahead of his planned announcement of a 2020 run for the presidency. Castro, the Democratic former mayor of San Antonio said that as a presidential candidate, he’s going to be talking about […]

Michelle Lujan Grisham pushes back against border wall legislation

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) is pushing back against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) recently proposed legislation aimed at fully funding a wall along the southern border. “Despite evidence showing the negative economic and environmental impact of Trump’s border wall and overwhelming opposition by border communities and national security experts, Republicans […]

Graham suggests DACA fix should be tied to border funding

“Yes,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday — he wants full funding for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, however he suggested tying a DACA fix to wall funding. “We will get wall money. We have got to do something with DACA. I think you marry those two up. But the worst thing we could […]

Judge orders Trump Administration to stop detaining asylum seekers

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration yesterday to halt the sudden shift in the way the U.S. deals with certain asylum-seekers who have presented themselves at the border. Advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights First, alleged in a class action lawsuit representing some 800 people that ICE is […]

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 […]