Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DHS Circumvents Environmental Laws to Speed Border Wall Construction

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would be waiving several environmental laws necessary to build the controversial wall with Mexico, citing a 2005 law. The Trump administration is circumventing numerous environmental laws, with the affected border segment being the area of San Diego. “The San Diego border area remains an area of […]

Feds Say Border Wall Prototypes to be Available by Late Summer

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said that prototypes of what sections on the border wall with Mexico will look like will be completed by late summer. Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said up to eight prototypes will be up by September so that DHS can decide which design […]

Report Finds 150% Spike in Arrests of Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records

In a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued report released Wednesday, the Trump administration’s push to remove all undocumented immigrants has resulted in a 40 percent increase in immigration arrests, particularly among those with no criminal record. Since the presidential executive order, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have arrested more than 41,000 immigrants […]

Trump Deports First Dreamer Under His Presidency

USA Today reported Tuesday that Juan Manuel Montes, a DREAMer who first came to the U.S. when he was 9, is now in his native Mexico. Federal agents deported him despite him having active protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “Some people told me that they were going to deport me; […]

Number of Immigration Arrests Plummet

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the number of people caught illegally crossing the border, into the United States from Mexico, has significantly plunged in last month. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reported that fewer than 12,500 people have been arrested trying to enter the U.S. in March, a decrease of about 70 percent […]

Shutdown looms as Homeland Security funding expires later this week

With the Friday deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rapidly approaching, fears of a government shutdown reverberate through the streets of Washington and the halls of Congress, where President Obama’s contentious executive actions on immigration have drawn the ire of Republicans who have been attempting to attach amendments to prevent the implementation […]

Comentarios From Maria: New Republican Congress Gets Off on the Wrong Foot

Last week, I wrote about the optimism we all should have for this year, with more collaboration and progress. Yet it appears Republicans in the new Congress are not interested in breaking the vicious cycle of obstructionism from the last Congress. This week, Rep. Robert Aderholt, a Republican from Alabama, proposed legislation that would effectively […]

House Republicans Continue to Weigh Options to Block Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

Today, House Republicans met to discuss ways in which the party could counter President Obama’s executive order on immigration.  After the meeting, House Speak John Boehner said that he would bring a resolution that would block the president’s executive actions by GOP Rep. Ted Yoho to a vote. Such a vote however is largely seen […]

Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Expresses Support for Executive Action on Immigration

On Monday, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano expressed her support for President Obama’s intent to act on immigration through executive action.  Under Napolitano, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came to fruition in 2012, and granted thousands of young, eligible undocumented immigrants the ability to stay and work in the U.S. […]

Comentarios from Maria: The Crisis at the Border is a Priority for the President

            Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the crisis occurring in the U.S. southern border. Since October of last year, approximately 52 thousand unaccompanied migrant children have crossed the border as a result of gang related violence and economic problems that have erupted in Central America. Faced […]