Immigration

REUTERS: Private Prison Group Works Asylum Seekers For Pennies, Then Gouges Them For Commissary Food

Reuters reports: Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice. He could content himself with a jailhouse diet that he said left him perpetually hungry. Or he could labor in the prison’s kitchen to earn money to buy extra food at the commissary. Cruz went to work. But his $1-a-day salary …

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DOJ Seeks Attorneys To Tackle Border Property Seizures

Politico reports: The Justice Department placed an online job posting for a pair of attorneys to tackle border wall litigation in South Texas — a sign of coming property seizures and other legal controversies that President Donald Trump anticipates if he plows ahead with his signature project. Trump has demanded that Congress provide $5.7 billion to build more than 200 …

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Federal Court Blocks Census Citizenship Question

Bloomberg reports: A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, which will help determine U.S. elections, congressional seats and federal funding decisions for a decade. The ruling comes after a two-week trial in Manhattan that the government sought more than a dozen times to derail. The Supreme Court may have …

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Border Patrol Union Deletes Anti-Wall Webpage

Politico reports: A union that represents Border Patrol agents recently deleted a webpage that said building walls and fences along the border to stop illegal immigration would be “wasting taxpayer money.” The deleted webpage, posted in 2012, argued that border barriers don’t tackle the root causes of migration — and could potentially encourage more migrants to enter the U.S. fraudulently …

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Trump: The Invasion Is Far Worse Than You Understand

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay. Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, …

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White House Asks US Army Corps Of Engineers About Diverting Hurricane Relief Funding For Border Wall

The Wall Street Journal reports: The White House has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to look into projects approved in a bill providing disaster relief for Puerto Rico, Texas, California and Florida to see where funding could be diverted to build a wall along the border with Mexico, according to a congressional aide familiar the discussions. Almost three …

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Trump Makes Wall Pitch From Mexico Border [VIDEO]

But first a fact check from the Associated Press: With the deceptive use of a video, President Donald Trump on Thursday heartily thanked his White House predecessor for supporting his policy at the Mexican border. Barack Obama has offered no such support; only criticism. Obama’s remarks in the short video clip do not support Trump’s proposal for a border wall …

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Graham Calls For Trump To Declare Wall “Emergency”

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President Trump should declare a national emergency so he could build the U.S.-Mexico border wall after last-ditch negotiations in the Senate fell apart. “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier. I hope it works,” Graham said in a statement. …

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Pence To Dems: “If There’s No Wall, There’s No Deal”

Axios reports: In a briefing with Capitol Hill reporters Thursday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that the Trump administration won’t give in on wall funding, but said that Trump “has made no decision” as to whether he’ll declare a national emergency. He also suggested that the administration does not want to trade DACA protections for wall funding. …

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Common Saw Easily Cuts Through Wall Prototype

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report …

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Trump: I’m “100% Ready” To Declare Wall Emergency

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was likely to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if he cannot reach an agreement with Democrats in Congress to provide the money. Speaking to reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart to visit the Texas border town …

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POLL: Voters Blame Trump And GOP For Shutdown

Politico reports: A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, conducted as the partial government shutdown reached its third week, reveals the scope of Trump’s challenge. A minority of voters agree with Trump’s description of a crisis of illegal immigration at the southern border. There’s only tepid support for the wall he wants to build there. Voters are opposed to shutting down the …

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REPORT: No “Emergency” Wall Declaration Tonight

The New York Times reports: The White House has floated the idea of invoking emergency powers to build a wall along the country’s southwestern border without approval from Congress. But while Democrats have been bracing themselves for him to make that declaration on Tuesday night, administration officials who had seen a draft copy of his speech said the president was …

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Sean Hannity Urges Trump To Declare Wall “Emergency”

“So with the president speaking [tomorrow night], I’m guessing he’s going to declare a national emergency. The emergency is – this shouldn’t be that hard to figure out –  because when you have that many people that are that are victims of crime happening in this country, that should be enough of a national emergency. We’re not talking about people …

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Fox Host Chris Wallace Destroys Sanders’ Lies About Terrorists Coming Across Southern US Border [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted on Sunday to join the ranks of Trump administration officials trotting out bogus statistics in support of President Donald Trump’s border wall demands — but Fox News’ Chris Wallace was ready for it. “We know that roughly– nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally,” …

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Trump Refuses To Back Down On Shutdown: I Want A Wall That Only A Champion Pole Vaulter Could Jump

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump says the southern border is “like a sieve,” and he’s lamenting how U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana. Trump spoke during a White House meeting with his Cabinet as the partial government …

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Conway: Media Wants “Wall” To Be A Four-Letter Word

Politico reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday appeared to retreat from President Donald Trump’s signature campaign pledge of a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying debate over the final form of the administration’s border security measures amounts to “a silly semantic argument.” “It is a silly semantic argument because people who just want to say ‘wall, wall, …

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Trump Blames Dems For Deaths Of Migrant Children

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump on Saturday attempted to blame Democrats for the two deaths of immigrant children being held by his Border Patrol and Customs enforcement officers. “Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they …

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NEW JERSEY: State AG Investigates Trump’s Golf Club For Allegedly Providing Fake Green Cards To Staffers

The New York Post reports: Anibal Romero, a Newark attorney who represents several undocumented immigrants who used to work at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, said Friday he recently met with investigators from the state attorney general’s office and handed over fraudulent green cards and Social Security numbers that management at the club allegedly procured and gave his …

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US Census Bureau To Offer Citizenship Data To State Officials In Charge Of Redrawing Voting Districts

Talking Points Memo reports: In what could be a major change for voting rights and the distribution of political power between urban and rural areas, the Census Bureau signaled Friday that it is willing to work with state and local officials charged with drawing voting districts if they want citizenship data for the redistricting process. The move to inject citizenship …

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