Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Border apprehensions reach new record, immigration officials say they are “overwhelmed”

The number of migrants apprehended by U.S. authorities along the border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, officials said. April’s tally of 109,144 apprehended border-crossers — many of them families and children — is the highest monthly total since 2007. “Our apprehension numbers are off the charts as compared to recent years,” said U.S. […]

Court allows the Trump administration to temporarily reinstate “Remain in Mexico” policy

A federal appeals court in California took action Friday that would temporarily allow the Trump administration to return asylum seekers to Mexico. The decision is in response to the administration’s emergency motion filing from Thursday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco to stop a nationwide injunction that would […]

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, resigns amid immigration crisis

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, has resigned amid an agency wide restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security. Vitiello had originally been nominated to take over the post permanently, but his nomination was abruptly pulled last week by President Trump, who said he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction. Outgoing Homeland Security […]

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns amid immigration crisis

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security who has become a face of President Trump’s hardline immigration push, is leaving the administration, President Trump announced on Twitter yesterday afternoon. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump said on Twitter. “I am […]

Julián Castro unveils his campaign’s immigration plan

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro called for the decriminalization of border crossings yesterday as part of his 2020 presidential platform on immigration. Castro, who announced his presidential bid back in January, wrote in a blog post that “the truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security.” Castro called for […]

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 […]

DHS will be seeking a legislative proposal to address border crossings

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries, according to a copy of the request obtained by NBC News. […]

Freshman Veronica Escobar and her hometown on the front lines of the border battle

Veronica Escobar, a freshman Democrat, made history along with Rep. Sylvia Garcia, also Democrat, in the 2018 midterm elections by becoming the first two Latinas elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since Escobar arrived in Washington, El Paso has become an epicenter of Trump’s immigration battle. Beyond erecting thicker, higher and more […]

Immigrant crossings at the border hit new high in February

The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly double what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration’s aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States. More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high […]