Democrats: Trump’s Migrant Transfer Plan ‘Bizarre and Unlawful’

Posted: April 15, 2019, 4:45 pm

Democrats: Trump's Migrant Transfer Plan 'Bizarre and Unlawful' House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 4, 2019. Key Democratic lawmakers on Monday accused the Trump administration of “a bizarre and unlawful attempt to score political points” with a possible plan to send undocumented immigrants detained at the U.S.-Mexican border to congressional districts represented by Democrats.
Congressmen Jerrold Nadler, Elijah Cummings and Bennie Thompson, all chairmen of House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump's administration, demanded documents and communications about the plan to move migrants from the border to hundreds of communities throughout the U.S.
In opposition to Trump, local officials far from the border across the U.S. have declared their jurisdictions as sanctuary cities for migrants and refused to help federal officials track down the immigrants so th..

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Trump Sends Mixed Signals on Migrant Crisis at US-Mexico Border

Posted: April 14, 2019, 3:07 pm

Washington continues to emit a cacophony of signals in response to a historic surge of migrant arrivals at America's southern border with Mexico. VOA's Michael Bowman reports, President Donald Trump has floated a variety of proposals, from closing the border to transferring migrants to urban Democratic strongholds, as record numbers of Central Americans trek northwards.

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Trump Denies He Offered to Pardon Official for Closing Border

Posted: April 13, 2019, 9:40 pm

Trump Denies He Offered to Pardon Official for Closing Border U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on immigration and border security at the U.S. Border Patrol Calexico Station before visiting the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California, April 5, 2019. In a series of tweets Saturday night, President Donald Trump denied reports that he asked a border control official to close the U.S. border with Mexico, and that he offered to pardon the official if he faced legal problems for doing so.
On Friday, The New York Times and CNN reported that last week Trump asked Kevin McAleenan, then the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border to stop migrants from coming into the U.S. McAleenan has since been named the acting secretary of homeland security after the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen on April 10.
Both news organizations cited unnamed administration officials as sources in their reports. The Times report also ..

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Trump Considers Sending Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Posted: April 12, 2019, 4:23 pm

Trump Considers Sending Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities FILE – President Donald Trump speaks about sanctuary cities with law enforcement officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington, March 20, 2018. On April 12, 2019, Trump said he was considering sending detained illegal migrants to sanctuary cities. U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he was considering sending detained illegal migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, which oppose his tough immigration policies.
Trump made the announcement hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected.
He told reporters at the White House that his administration was “strongly looking at the possibly.”
Earlier Friday, he tweeted, “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities.”
“The Radical Left always seems to have a..

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US Senate Leader McConnell Calls for Bipartisan Immigration Legislation

Posted: April 11, 2019, 6:33 pm

US Senate Leader McConnell Calls for Bipartisan Immigration Legislation FILE – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters in Washington, Jan. 29, 2019. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the door to addressing the nation's immigration problems through bipartisan legislation that he said should include changes to asylum law.
Speaking to reporters before the start of a two-week Senate recess, McConnell noted the “crisis” at the southern border with Mexico and said, “I think it's long past due for us to sit down on a bipartisan basis and try to fix as much of this problem as we can.”
With the numbers of Central American migrants surging at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump earlier this year declared a national emergency. That, he argued, would allow him to take federal funds and use them to build a wall to repel undocumented immigrants. He took the step after Congress refused to give him $5.7 billion for such construction.
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FACT CHECK: Trump Tries to Pin Child Separations on Obama

Posted: April 9, 2019, 5:15 pm

FACT CHECK: Trump Tries to Pin Child Separations on Obama President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House, April 9, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is wholly mispresenting the immigration detention policy he introduced that forced migrant children from their parents at the border.
“President Obama had child separation,” Trump said Tuesday. “I'm the one that stopped it.”
In fact, he stopped — or at least suspended — family separations that spiked as a result of his own “zero-tolerance” policy.
A look at his remarks to reporters before meeting Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi:
TRUMP on family separations: “President Obama had the law. We changed the law, and I think the press should accurately report it but of course they won't.”
THE FACTS: This is false. Trump did not achieve any change in the law.
Operating under the same immigration laws as Barack Obama, Trump insti..

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Trump: US Not Reinstating Family Separations at Mexican Border

Posted: April 9, 2019, 3:32 pm

Trump: US Not Reinstating Family Separations at Mexican Border President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House, April 9, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no intention of reinstating his abandoned policy of separating Central American migrant children from their parents when they cross the southern U.S. border from Mexico to seek asylum in the United States.
“We're not looking to do that,” Trump said at the White House.
But he added, “Once you don't have it, that's why you see many more people coming. They're coming like it's a picnic, because let's go to Disneyland.”
Under a “zero tolerance” policy to arrest all undocumented migrants as they crossed the border, the Trump administration last year broke up hundreds of families, separating more than 2,700 children from their parents. Some adults were charged with..

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Top Border Patrol Commissioner Expected to Be Acting DHS Secretary

Posted: April 8, 2019, 6:00 pm

Top Border Patrol Commissioner Expected to Be Acting DHS Secretary FILE – Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, center, announced that the Trump administration will temporarily reassign several hundred border inspectors during a news conference at the border in El Paso, Texas, March 27, 2019. Victoria Macchi contributed to this report.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday his intention to appoint U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, replacing current head Kirstjen Nielsen, who said she plans to leave the job Wednesday.
Trump's announcement on Twitter ends Nielsen's tenure of more than a year with the agency that oversees border security in the United States. Nielsen reportedly resigned, though some reports have said she was forced to leave.
McAleenan's appointment comes amid the administration's allegations of a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico ..

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AP Fact Check: Trump’s Mexico Mirage

Posted: April 5, 2019, 10:11 pm

AP Fact Check: Trump’s Mexico Mirage A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., April 5, 2019. WASHINGTON — Giving himself credit for tough diplomacy, President Donald Trump is describing a burst of activity by Mexican authorities to keep Central American migrants from getting to the U.S. border.
That’s an apparent mirage as Trump retreats from his latest threat to seal off the U.S. from Mexico.
Trump was wrong when he said last week that Mexico was doing “NOTHING” about migrants coming north. Mexico markedly tightened migration controls during the Obama administration and detained more than 30,000 foreigners in the first three months of this year.
And it’s not evident now that Mexico has suddenly cracked down as a result of his threat, “apprehending everybody” and making “absolutely terrific progress” in just a matter of days, as Trump put it Friday. Mexico’s appr..

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Trump Retreats on Threat to Immediately Close US-Mexico Border

Posted: April 4, 2019, 2:49 pm

Trump Retreats on Threat to Immediately Close US-Mexico Border A man sits as cars queue up in multiple lines waiting to be inspected by U.S. border patrol officers to enter from Mexico into the U.S., at the San Ysidro port of entry, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 3, 2019. President Donald Trump on Thursday retreated from his threat to immediately close the U.S. southern border with Mexico to thwart illegal migration, instead telling Mexico it has a year to curb the flow of illicit drugs and surge of migrants to the United States or he would impose tariffs on cars it was exporting to the U.S.
Trump backed off days of Twitter comments saying he was about to close the border after White House economic advisers and Republican lawmakers warned him that closing the border would significantly affect the U.S. economy, the world's largest.
White House officials had tried to figure out a way that Trump could halt undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. while not obstructing the flow of ..

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