Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed

Posted: June 9, 2019, 12:09 pm

Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed FILE – President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One after arriving, June 7, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed Sunday that Mexico “for many years” has not been cooperative to curb the surge of migrants traveling through it to reach the United States, but believes a new agreement will alleviate the problem.
The U.S. leader warned, however, that “if for some unknown reason” Mexico does not stanch the flow of Central American migrants heading north to the U.S., “we can always go back to our previous, very profitable” imposition of tariffs on Mexican exports sent to the United States. “But I don’t believe that will be necessary,” he added.
A deal announced Friday calls for Mexico to dispatch 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to halt the flow of migrants, while the U.S. gained new authority to force asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their legal ..

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Trump Announces Deal With Mexico Averting Tariffs

Posted: June 7, 2019, 9:26 pm

Trump Announces Deal With Mexico Averting Tariffs President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands and wave at supporters as they walk across the South Lawn on their return to the White House, June 7, 2019, in Washington. Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.
U.S. President Donald Trump said late Friday that the United States and Mexico had reached a deal on migration to avert tariffs.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” he tweeted.
“Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States,” Trump said.
Earlier Friday, Trump had tweeted that there was a “good chance” the two si..

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US House Votes to Protect ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants

Posted: June 4, 2019, 8:34 pm

US House Votes to Protect 'Dreamer' Immigrants FILE – Immigrant rights supporters gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sept. 26, 2017. The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to end the threat of deportation that has long hung over undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children.
By a vote of 237-187, the Democratic-controlled House approved the legislation despite opposition from the White House, which said the move would “reward illegal immigration.”
Only seven Republicans voted for the bill.
There have been no signs that the Republican-controlled Senate would consider the House bill, likely leaving this Democratic initiative to be fought over during the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns.
Earlier in his administration, Republican President Donald Trump said he wanted to help Dreamers, many of whom were very young when they arrived in the United States with their parents.

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Trump: ‘America Has Had Enough with Mexico’

Posted: June 2, 2019, 11:36 am

Trump: 'America Has Had Enough with Mexico' FILE – This May 29, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that “America has had enough with Mexico,” contending that it is an “abuser” of the United States by not stopping the surge of Central American migrants headed north to seek asylum in the U.S.
Trump, who is threatening to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican exports sent to the U.S. unless it blocks the migrants short of the U.S. border, accused Mexico of “taking but never giving. It has been this way for decades.”
On Twitter, Trump said, “Either they stop the invasion of our Country by Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers, Coyotes and Illegal Immigrants, which they can do very easily, or our many companies and jobs that have been foolishly allowed to ..

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A Look at Mexican Efforts to Stem Tide of Migrants 

Posted: May 31, 2019, 8:28 pm

A Look at Mexican Efforts to Stem Tide of Migrants FILE – An immigration agent checks the identity card of a woman at a temporary checkpoint in the outskirts of Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, April 29, 2019. MEXICO CITY — President Donald Trump says he's imposing tariffs on all goods from Mexico until the country stops the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America who cross its territory and enter the United States. Trump tweeted Friday that Mexico “can easily fix this problem. Time for them to finally do what must be done!'' Here's a look at what Mexico has done so far:
The problem
In the first three months of 2019, as many as 300,000 migrants — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — crossed through Mexico to reach the United States. Many were families with children, who cannot be detained for long in the United States.
FILE – President Donald Trump participates in a round-table on immigration and border security at the U.S. Border Patrol..

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What’s an Immigration ‘Czar’?

Posted: May 31, 2019, 5:23 pm

What's an Immigration 'Czar'? FILE – Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 20, 2016, before a Senate subcommittee hearing on gun control proposals. The Trump administration is creating a new position aimed at overhauling America's immigration system amid an accelerating surge of Central American migrants and asylum-seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The person most likely to hold the job: former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, a conservative lawmaker known for hawkish immigration views.
Why a 'czar'?
“Usually, when the president creates a czar, it's because he feels that there's not enough interagency coordination going on. And it is true that in the area of dealing with people at the southwest border, while the Department of Homeland Security has the lead, there are other important actors at the border,” said Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow at Washington-based think ..

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Lawyers: Strategist’s Files Show Census Altered to Give GOP Edge

Posted: May 30, 2019, 10:05 pm

Lawyers: Strategist's Files Show Census Altered to Give GOP Edge FILE – Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, April 23, 2019. NEW YORK — A Republican redistricting expert advocated for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census to give an electoral edge to white people and Republicans, opponents of the move alleged in a court filing Thursday.
The filing in Manhattan federal court said a trove of newly discovered documents revealed that Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican gerrymandering guru, played a key role in pushing the Trump administration to include a citizenship question on the census for the first time since 1950.
FILE – Balloons decorate an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, April 1, 2019. GOP strategist
Lawyers for oppon..

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More Asylum-Seekers Sue Trump Administration

Posted: May 30, 2019, 8:42 pm

More Asylum-Seekers Sue Trump Administration FILE – In this April 29, 2019, photo, Cuban migrants are escorted by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as they cross the Paso del Norte International bridge to be processed as asylum seekers on the U.S. side of the border. A group of detained asylum-seekers sued the U.S. government Thursday claiming immigration officials in five Southern states are systematically denying them parole.
In the second lawsuit of its kind filed against the Trump administration, legal advocacy groups representing 12 plaintiffs are seeking class action status on behalf of hundreds of asylum seekers being held in detention centers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. In addition to Central American migrants, the plaintiffs include a member of a Cameroonian opposition party and Cuban and Venezuelan political dissidents.
Migrants who arrive at U.S. ports of entry and ask for refuge in the United States are not eligible fo..

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Immigration Largely Absent From Democrats’ 2020 Policy Blitz

Posted: May 30, 2019, 11:07 am

Immigration Largely Absent From Democrats' 2020 Policy Blitz FILE – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (L) speaks with Alexa Arredondo, 9, while meeting with community activists on immigration issues at a restaurant, May 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. Top Democratic presidential candidates are one-upping each other with ever-more-ambitious plans on global warming, gun violence, health care and abortion.
Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal health care coverage , slash student debt and preserve abortion rights. Largely left out of the policy parade: immigration.
The field of 24 candidates is united in condemning President Donald Trump's support for hard-line immigration tactics, particularly his push to wall off as much of the U.S. border with Mexico as possible, roll back asylum rights for refugees and since-suspended ef..

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Trump Asks Citizenship and Immigration Services Head to Quit

Posted: May 24, 2019, 9:44 pm

Trump Asks Citizenship and Immigration Services Head to Quit In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Lee Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, sits for a photo in Laguna Niguel, California. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asked the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resign, leaving yet another vacancy within the Department of Homeland Security.
Lee Francis Cissna told staff on Friday that his last day would be June 1, according to a copy of the email obtained by The Associated Press.
Cissna leads the agency responsible for legal immigration, including benefits and visas. He had been on the chopping block last month amid a White House-orchestrated bloodbath that led to the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen (KEER'-sten) Nielsen, but his job was saved after high-ranking Republicans spoke out about his record.
There are more than a dozen vacancies of top posts at the sprawling 240,000-member department that are being temporarily..

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