Thursday, June 20, 2019

Joaquín Castro says Trump’s tariff plan will “tank our economy”

Texas Democratic congressman Joaquín Castro slammed President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on all goods coming to the U.S. from Mexico, calling them economic sanctions that will “tank our economy.” “Congress cannot allow this president to tank our economy and our relationships with our neighbors to further demonize immigrants fleeing violence,” Castro said in a […]

Trump personally pushing for GOP donor’s construction company to get border wall contract

President Trump has personally pushed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to give a GOP donor and frequent Fox News guest’s construction company a border wall contract, according to the Washington Post. Trump has repeatedly urged leaders at the Army Corps and the DHS to award the contract to North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, according […]

Border apprehensions reach new record, immigration officials say they are “overwhelmed”

The number of migrants apprehended by U.S. authorities along the border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, officials said. April’s tally of 109,144 apprehended border-crossers — many of them families and children — is the highest monthly total since 2007. “Our apprehension numbers are off the charts as compared to recent years,” said U.S. […]

DHS will be seeking a legislative proposal to address border crossings

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries, according to a copy of the request obtained by NBC News. […]

Trump Administration opposes giving Puerto Rico funds

The White House doubled down yesterday on President Trump’s comments opposing disaster funding for Puerto Rico, drawing outrage from Democratic members of Congress and raising questions about the administration’s rationale. On Tuesday, Trump told Republican legislators at a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting that Puerto Rico had gotten too much money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. […]

Republicans join Democrats in rejecting Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

A dozen Republicans joined Senate Democrats yesterday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, arguing that the president had exceeded his powers in trying to build a border wall over Congress’s objections. The 59-to-41 vote on a measure already approved by the House set up the first veto of […]

Freshman Veronica Escobar and her hometown on the front lines of the border battle

Veronica Escobar, a freshman Democrat, made history along with Rep. Sylvia Garcia, also Democrat, in the 2018 midterm elections by becoming the first two Latinas elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since Escobar arrived in Washington, El Paso has become an epicenter of Trump’s immigration battle. Beyond erecting thicker, higher and more […]

Lawmakers sending mixed signals as a second shutdown is nearby

The president, congressional negotiators and other lawmakers are sending conflicting signals about whether a deal to fund border security and avoid another government shutdown is possible before the Friday deadline. The Senate’s top Republican negotiator, Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), yesterday said the talks had stalled in part because Democrats were raising new concerns over deterring immigrants […]

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 […]

Democrat Tony Cardenas responds to being told ‘go back to Puerto Rico’

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) said a Republican telling him to “go back to Puerto Rico” sounded like the equivalent of “go back to where you came from.” During a House vote on reopening the government yesterday, an argument broke out between Republicans and Democrats over a procedural question. Amid the chaos, Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) yelled, “Go back […]