Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In a dueling rally, O’Rourke contradicts Trump’s border claims

Last night Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) sought to counter President Trump’s claims about immigrants and border walls, arguing that his hometown of El Paso is “safe not because of walls but in spite of walls.” “With the eyes of the country upon us, all of you together are going to make our stand in […]

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 […]

Democratic congresswomen commemorated migrant girl who died in U.S. Custody at SOTU

Several freshmen Democratic congresswomen wore pins to the State of the Union address honoring Jakelin Caal Maquin, the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in the custody of Border Patrol back in December. “We are bringing Jakelin Caal into the room with us during the #SOTU,” Rashida Tlaib tweeted before the speech. “They said 12,800 children are […]

In SOTU response, Xavier Becerra says he is prepared to challenge Trump once again

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra warned in a national televised address last night that he is prepared to take President Trump to court if he declares a national emergency to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border while cutting federal funds to fire-damaged communities in this state. Becerra delivered the remarks as part of the Democrats’ […]

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 […]

Xavier Becerra to deliver Spanish-language SOTU response

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) was chosen yesterday to give the Spanish-language Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Feb. 5. “I’m looking forward to addressing my fellow Americans on a day when truth, candor and unity should be the order of the day,” Becerra said in a statement. Becerra, a […]

Kamala Harris promises DREAMer she will protect DACA recipients and their parents

During a televised CNN town hall last night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she won’t vote to support funding for a border wall and criticized President Trump for continuing to push for the construction of a wall. Harris, who was in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of her 2020 presidential campaign following her inaugural rally on […]

Democrats and advocates don’t see Trump’s proposal as a compromise

President Trump has described his proposal for ending the government shutdown as a trade, but details in the bill that the Senate will vote on today have immigration advocates and Democrats calling the offer partisan, malevolent and “feigned” attempt at compromise. “It’s a sham,” Ur Jaddou, director of America’s Voice DHS Watch program, told NBC […]

At ceremony, Latino legislators vow to overcome government shutdown

At a ceremony to usher in a record number of Latino Democrats in Congress, lawmakers exuded more outrage than delight as they recognized their legislative ambitions are contending for now with a standoff over a border wall with Mexico that has partially shut down the government. “It’s because of Trump’s obsession with stirring up anti-immigrant […]

After midterms, Democratic party trying to figure out their immigration priorities

Democratic candidates largely avoided engaging President Trump as he fanned public fears over a migrant caravan ahead of the midterm elections, but they also avoided confronting a key question for themselves: What kind of immigration system does the party stand for in the Trump era? Some Democrats are pushing the idea of a new comprehensive […]