Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lawmakers say they don’t have desire for another shutdown, but have no plan to avoid it

Lawmakers are bracing for a fierce fight over President Trump’s border wall as they work to prevent a showdown but with no plan on how to avoid it. Government funding for Trump’s wall and agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become a landmine in spending bill negotiations, with talks late last year leading to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Supreme Court refuses to take up DACA, leaving policy in place

The Supreme Court once again did not act on the Trump administration’s effort to end DACA, leaving protections for nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children in place for at least the next several months. “The justices’ refusal to act on the government’s pending appeals in the DACA litigation means, among […]

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 […]

Chef José Andrés to feed federal workers affected by the government shutdown

Celebrity chef José Andrés, famous for providing free meals to disaster victims, will be serving food to a new population in need: U.S. federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown. “World Central Kitchen is always there to respond to any disaster to make sure that Americans and people around the world will not go […]

22 immigrants died under ICE detention in the last 2 years

The 22 immigrants who died in the nation’s sprawling network of detention centers over the past two years came to the United States from countries as far-flung as Vietnam, and as close as Mexico. Some had been longtime legal residents, arriving as refugee or students. Many were young — half were not yet 45 years […]

Trump threatens to veto spending bill over DACA and border wall

  President Trump threatened earlier today to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill already passed by Congress, only hours before government funding would lapse. In a tweet, Trump said he is “considering a VETO” because the proposal does not extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants or fully fund his proposed border wall. […]