Immigration

Trump Mulls Diverting FEMA Workers To ICE Centers

The Hill reports: President Trump is considering deploying a 1,000-person force usually used for relief efforts after hurricanes and other natural disasters to help staff overcrowded detention centers for migrants, according to people briefed on the matter. Trump is contemplating bolstering capacity by using the Surge Capacity Force — an entity created by Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina …

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SCOTUS Sides 5-4 With Trump On ICE Detentions

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a victory Tuesday by making it easier to detain undocumented immigrants with criminal records. The justices reversed a lower court decision that required immigration officials to detain those immigrants upon release from jail or prison, rather than months or even years later. Advocates for immigrants had argued that such detentions …

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George W. Bush To Host Naturalization Ceremony

From the George W. Bush Presidential Center: The George W. Bush Institute today honors America’s immigrant heritage with an official immigration naturalization ceremony. Before 51 of America’s newest citizens take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and receive their certificates of naturalization, President and Mrs. Bush will deliver brief remarks noting the significant contributions of immigrants to our …

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Trump Issues First Veto Of Presidency After House And Senate Vote To Block “Emergency” Wall Declaration

The New York Times reports: President Trump on Friday issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting legislation that opposed his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the southern border. The bill blocking Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration had attracted significant Republican support in Congress. “Today I am vetoing this resolution,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the …

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Senate Rebukes Trump’s “Emergency” In 59-41 Vote

USA Today reports: In a major rebuke to President Donald Trump on his signature domestic policy issue, the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday voted to block the national emergency the president declared to free up money for his border wall. A dozen Republicans joined all Democrats backing a resolution to rescind Trump’s effort to tap into more than $6 billion for …

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Trump Budget Proposal Calls For $8.6B In Wall Funding

The New York Times reports: President Trump, undaunted by perhaps the most bruising legislative defeat of his tenure, plans to kick off a fresh effort on Monday to pressure Congress to pay for a wall along the southwestern border, most likely setting up another showdown with Democrats who have vowed to block his signature project. Mr. Trump, who failed to …

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Ingraham: Dems Want To “Replace Old America” With Illegal Immigrants To Have A Lock On Elections Forever

“I think what we need, frankly, is a mobilization of the American public to Washington. I mean if they’re going to be able to turn out hundreds of thousands of people to protest all over the country against Brett Kavanaugh. The American people are just going to have to organize and protest what’s happening at the border in Washington until …

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Pentagon To Tap Military Pensions Fund For Border Wall

The Associated Press reports: The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told The Associated Press, “It’s coming out of military pay and pensions. $1 billion. That’s the plan.” Durbin …

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Second Court Blocks 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Courthouse News reports: The Trump administration’s push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census suffered a major setback late Wednesday when a federal judge issued a second nationwide injunction against the policy, finding it would “threaten the very foundation of our democracy.” U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg is the second federal judge in less than two months to …

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Former WH Chief Of Staff John Kelly Breaks With Trump On Border Wall, Clams Up About Security Clearances

The Duke University Chronicle reports: John Kelly, who just months ago was President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, came to campus Wednesday night to talk about steering the White House ship. When asked what advice Kelly gave to Mick Mulvaney, now Trump’s acting Chief of Staff, he had a quick response. “Run like hell,” he said, to roaring laughter. The …

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LIVE VIDEO: Homeland Security Secretary Testifies On Trump’s Border Wall And Family Separation Policies

The New York Times reports: Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers. In her first congressional appearance since Democrats took control of the House, Ms. …

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58 Former Security Officials Trash Trump’s “Emergency”

The Washington Post reports: A bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials issued a statement Monday saying that “there is no factual basis” for President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The joint statement, whose signatories include former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former defense secretary Chuck Hagel [photo], …

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At Least Seven States To Sue Trump Over “Emergency”

CBS News reports: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Sunday that a lawsuit against the Trump administration for the president’s recent national emergency declaration would be coming “imminently”, marking one of the many legal challenges the White House can expect in its efforts to fund the president’s long-promised border wall. Becerra told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanoplous” that the …

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SURVEY: Most Americans Would Fail Citizenship Test

Axios reports: A majority of Americans in every state except Vermont would fail a test based on the questions in the U.S. citizenship test, according to a survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. It suggests most Americans can’t live up to the standards we set for people applying to be U.S. citizens — and we set those standards …

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POLL: Majority Disapprove Of Trump’s “Emergency”

Emerson College Polling reports: Following the president’s announcement on Friday, 53% of Americans disapprove of the declaration of a national emergency on the southern border. Despite this, the majority of Americans support the wall in some form; a plurality, 48%, support extending the border wall, and 42% of Americans support maintaining the existing wall. Only 11% of Americans support removal …

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ACLU To Sue Trump Over Fake “Emergency” Declaration

The Associated Press reports: The American Civil Liberties Union says it will file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. The Friday announcement came hours after Trump signed the declaration and said he expected legal challenges. The civil rights group will argue that Trump’s use of emergency powers is unprecedented and …

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SCOTUS To Hear Census Citizenship Question Case

Talking Points Memo reports: The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. The Supreme Court’s move is the latest dramatic turn in a case that has proceeded in a remarkable way. The Justice Department appealed the decision directly to the Supreme Court — bypassing an …

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DOJ Warns Trump: Courts Will Block Your “Emergency”

ABC News reports: The Justice Department has warned the White House a national emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on, at least, a temporary basis, preventing the immediate implementation of the president’s plan to circumvent Congress and build the wall using his executives powers. However, a senior White House official tells ABC News that the …

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McConnell Says Trump Will Declare Wall Emergency

ABC News reports: In a surprise development Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump would sign a border security funding bill that would avert a government shutdown, but also would declare a national emergency in order to get more funding for his proposed border wall. His announcement came just before a Senate …

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Graham: Trump “Inclined” To Declare Wall Emergency

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President Trump is “very inclined” to declare a national emergency to obtain the necessary funds to build a border wall. “It’s definitely on the table, I’ll let him tell you whether or not he’s going to do it, but he’s very inclined to go that route,” Graham, a staunch ally …

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