Immigration

Veteran’s Border Wall GoFundMe Raises $3 Million

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government over funding for his border wall. But as the question of money for his campaign proposal once again roils Congress, one man thinks he may have found a solution: Crowd-funding. Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old Florida resident who was severely wounded in the Iraq war, has started a …

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Trump: One Way Or The Other I’ll “Win On The Wall”

The Hill reports: President Trump tweeted one day after the White House dropped border wall funding demands that Republicans will win on the divisive issue “one way or the other.” The White House on Tuesday dropped its demands that a government funding measure include $5 billion for Trump’s proposed wall. That retreat will allow Congress to reach a funding compromise …

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New Jersey Attorney General Probes Racial Harassment Claims By Trump’s Undocumented Golf Club Staffers

The New York Daily News reports: New Jersey’s top law enforcement agency is looking into claims of widespread harassment and immigration fraud at President Trump’s Garden State golf club after several former and current housekeepers alleged racially-charged mistreatment, the Daily News has learned. Anibal Romero, a Newark-based attorney, said Friday the state attorney general’s office recently reached out to him …

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Homeland Security Head Blames Family After Migrant Child Dies Of Dehydration In Border Patrol Custody

Talking Points Memo reports: While addressing a question about the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl — who died of shock and dehydration while in Border Patrol custody — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen harped on the “dangers of this journey.” She called the death “heart-wrenching,” but said it was “a very sad example” of what can happen …

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Ingraham: Trump Should Create Fear Of Immigrants By “Rattling Off Examples” Of Immigrant Criminals

“The more that we talk about immigration, the better. The only thing I would say for Trump is that he should be rattling off examples of individuals who have been released in places like New York and California; released from prison — from state prison in order to go kill, or maim, or brutalize, or commit domestic violence, or a …

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Trump Declares Victory Over Migrant Caravan

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump has claimed victory over a “caravan” of Central Americans traveling to the U.S. who he sought to make a big issue in the midterm elections—saying the people are now heading home or remaining in Mexico after their entry to America was thwarted. The Trump administration was condemned after photographs showed mothers and infants at …

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Pentagon To Begin Withdrawing Some Border Troops

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday. About 2,200 of the active duty troops will be pulled out before the holidays, the …

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Appeals Court Narrowly Blocks Trump’s Asylum Ban

NBC News reports: A divided U.S. appeals court late Friday refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The ban is inconsistent with an existing U.S. law and an attempted end-run around Congress, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a …

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Undocumented Longtime Trump Employees Come Out: We’re Tired Of His Abuse While We Make Him Money

The New York Times reports: During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with …

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GOP Senators Introduce $25 Billion Border Wall Bill

Roll Call reports: Republican senators have introduced legislation to fully fund President Trump’s request of $25 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. “The WALL Act would fully fund the border wall by closing existing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said …

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College Group To Build Campus Wall To “Own The Libs”

Yahoo News reports: Washington State University’s College Republicans hope to build an 18-foot wall in a nod to an 8×20-foot wall the group built in 2016 to “raise awareness of the issue of illegal immigration and border security” and, of course, to “own the libs mercilessly.” The students also hoping the internet will pick up the tab for their creative …

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STUDY: Nearly 1 In 3 US Physicians Are Foreign-Born

Medical XPress reports: At a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, the American health care system is highly dependent on professionals born in other countries, an analysis of U.S. census data shows. In 2016, roughly 17 percent of professionals in 24 medical fields—from optometrists to chiropractors to veterinarians—were foreign-born, and almost 5 percent of them were not U.S. citizens, …

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Feds Consider $50 Fee To Apply For Asylum In US

Buzzfeed News reports: The Trump administration is considering charging immigrants a fee to apply for asylum protection in the United States, according to sources close to the administration. The proposal, included in a not-yet-finalized draft regulation, would charge applicants, if they are already residing in the US, $50 to apply for asylum. Currently, there is no fee to enter an …

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Border Troop Deployment To Continue Into January

NPR reports: President Trump is expected to extend the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border into January rather than withdrawing the personnel in the middle of December, Pentagon officials tell NPR. The move would further extend the rare deployment of active-duty troops at the Mexico border, rather than just National Guard personnel. The deployment orders for …

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Trump Threatens To Close Mexican Border Permanently

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump has called on Mexico to deport asylum seekers “back to their countries” and threatened to close the southern border “permanently,” after U.S. Border Patrol agents teargassed hundreds of migrants who rushed the border on Sunday. CBP has defended its decision to use the substance, claiming that some migrants with the group had thrown projectiles across …

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US Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas On Migrants [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Migrants approaching the U.S. border from Mexico have been enveloped with tear gas after a few tried to breach the fence separating the two countries. U.S. agents shot the gas, according to an Associated Press reporter on the scene. Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem. U.S. Border Patrol helicopters flew low overhead, while U.S. …

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Trump Deal With Mexico To Overhaul Asylum Policy

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration has won the support of Mexico’s incoming government for a plan to remake U.S. border policy by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts, according to Mexican officials and senior members of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team. The agreement would break with long-standing asylum …

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Hillary Clinton Urges Europe To Curb Immigration As Far-Right Populists Are Using The Issue To Seize Power

The Guardian reports: Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from right wing populists, Hillary Clinton has said, calling on the continent’s leaders to send out a stronger signal showing they are “not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support”. In an interview with the Guardian, the former Democratic presidential candidate …

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White House Approves “Lethal Force” Against Migrants

The Military Times reports: The White House late Tuesday signed a memo allowing troops stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal force, if necessary — a move that legal experts have cautioned may run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act. The new “cabinet order” was signed by White House Chief of Staff John …

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Federal Court Bars Trump From Enforcing Asylum Ban

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued …

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