Thursday, June 20, 2019

Trump says ICE is planning to arrest and deport millions starting next week

President Trump said in a tweet late yesterday that starting next week, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally. “They will be removed as fast as they come in,” Trump wrote. The tweet was in apparent reference to an administration plan for ICE to round up […]

California and New Mexico ask judge to block Trump from using military funds for the wall

California and New Mexico are asking a federal judge to permanently block President Trump from using military funds to build a border wall in those states. In a court filing on yesterday, attorneys for the states asked Judge Haywood Gilliam to rule against the Trump administration in their efforts to build a border wall in their states, claiming […]

Trump plans to declare national emergency in order to impose tariffs on Mexico

President Trump is planning to declare a new national emergency in order to implement sweeping tariffs on Mexico over the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S., according to a draft document of the declaration reviewed by The Hill. According to the document, the new emergency is necessary due to “the failure of the […]

Supreme Court declined the administration’s request to speed up review of DACA

Yesterday the Supreme Court declined for now a Department of Justice request to consider by the end of the month whether to take up a case concerning the Trump administration’s decision to phase out DACA. The order is a setback, for now, for the Trump administration, which has been frustrated by lower courts that have […]

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 […]

ICE wants to implement DNA testing at border locations

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is seeking to implement Rapid DNA testing at seven border locations to identify fraudulent claims of familial relationships by migrants trying to enter the U.S. The agency is seeking help from a contractor in its efforts to administer the DNA tests, which it said in a statement of work should […]

Latino Doctor provides a haven for migrant farmworkers

On the 15-mile drive between his two Central Valley medical clinics, Dr. J. Luis Bautista often passes armies of farmworkers stooped over in the fields, picking onions, melons and tomatoes. Most of the 30,000 annual office visits to his small staff of doctors and nurses in downtown Fresno and the nearby rural town of Sanger […]

Border Agent used racist slurs and referred to immigrants as “disgusting subhuman s**t” in text messages

A Border Patrol agent in Arizona, who faces federal charges for allegedly hitting an undocumented immigrant with his truck, consistently used profanities and racist slurs to describe immigrants he apprehended at the border, according to federal court documents reported by the Arizona Daily Star. Among a trove of text messages cited by prosecutors, Matthew Bowen […]

Appeals court rules that DHS had not followed the law when terminating DACA

Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA, was unlawful, reversing a decision by a lower court. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Department of Homeland Security had not followed the law in terminating the program. The court found that the […]

Pelosi and other Democrats reject Trump’s immigration plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that President Trump’s new immigration plan is “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.” Her criticisms come shortly after the president unveiled the plan to shift the country toward a “merit-based” system that would favor highly skilled workers over migrants with family members residing in the country. The California Democrat called for […]