Sunday, April 21, 2019

California responds as Trump threatens to send asylum seekers to ‘sanctuary cities’

California Democrats this week stepped up their attacks on President Trump over his threat to send immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, even as experts suggested the president’s plan could backfire and lure more migrants to the north. Gov. Gavin Newsom labeled the president’s proposed policy nonsensical, saying Trump campaigned on deporting more immigrants, but his latest […]

Former ICE Director says closing the border could end up hurting Americans

John Sandweg, a former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that President Trump’s apparent plan to close the southern border would do “absolutely nothing” to curb the number of people illegally crossing to the U.S. from Mexico. Sandweg, who temporarily headed the federal immigration agency under the Obama administration, told CNN yesterday […]

Trump to end aid to 3 Central American countries over border crossings

President Trump said on Friday that there would be a “very good likelihood” that he would seal off the United States border with Mexico next week, even as he moved to punish Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for migrant caravans by cutting off all foreign aid to the countries. “I will close the border if […]

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 […]

Latino Advocacy groups speak out against Trump’s efforts to end birthright citizenship

Latino advocacy groups are pushing back against a presidential proposal to end granting United States citizenship for American-born children of undocumented immigrants. The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States […]

With one week before midterms, Trump claims he can end birthright citizenship

President Trump offered a dramatic, if legally dubious, promise in a new interview to unilaterally end birthright citizenship, ratcheting up his hardline immigration rhetoric with a week to go before midterm elections. Trump’s vow to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil came in an […]

The Honduran caravan gets closer to the US-Mexico Border

The first Honduran immigrants from a caravan heading toward the U.S. border reached Mexico yesterday. A group of as many as 4,000 migrants is traveling from Honduras through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the U.S.-Mexico border to flee poverty and violence in their home country. The Mexican government has warned migrants participating in the caravan to turn around to […]

Family separation might be the incentive Latinos needed to vote

  President Trump’s policy that resulted in the separation of parents and children along the southern border may have accomplished something Latino activist groups haven’t before: Prompting a long-term voter registration drive uniting progressive and traditional Democratic groups. On Thursday, a new coalition led by the nonprofit advocacy group Voto Latino will launch a three-year, […]

Guatemalan mother reunites with her son after he was taken away at the border

The mother rushed toward her son the second he stepped off the jetway. Then she teared up. “I love you,” she said in Spanish, between sobs. In the waiting area of Gate C14 at Baltimore Washington International Airport, she wrapped a blanket around him, cradled his head in her arms and wept. It had been […]

The First Lady speaks about separating families at the border

Melania Trump, who typically shies away from the political spotlight, waded into the controversial immigration debate when her office released a statement yesterday talking about the family separation taking place at the border. “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful […]