Tag Archives: immigration

Trump Admin Proposes Asylum Application Fee

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed on those pursuing legal immigration and citizenship, as well as for the first time charging those fleeing persecution for seeking protection in the United States. The rule, which will be published on Thursday and will have a monthlong comment period, would increase citizenship …

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Probe Finds Joe Arpaio’s Office Ignored Court Orders

The Associated Press reports: A court-appointed investigator concluded that high-ranking managers for former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio disregarded a federal judge’s order for Arpaio to halt immigration sweeps targeting Latinos, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The investigator also found an internal probe was whitewashed to shield the managers from accountability. The findings come as both Arpaio …

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Federal Court Blocks Ban On Uninsured Immigrants

The New York Times reports: A federal judge on Saturday blocked the Trump administration from implementing a policy that would require immigrants to prove they have insurance or the financial resources for medical costs in order to obtain a visa. The ruling, by Judge Michael Simon of the Federal District Court in Portland, Ore., was the latest in a string …

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Trump Defends His “Virtually Impenetrable” Border Wall After Reports That Smugglers Easily Sawed Through It

Politico reports: After years of touting the impenetrability of a border wall, President Donald Trump said Saturday that “you can cut through any wall” as reports surfaced of smugglers sawing through newly erected barriers with readily available power tools. “We have a very powerful wall. But no matter how powerful, you can cut through anything, in all fairness. But we …

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Smugglers Easily Cut Through Trump’s New Border Wall

The Washington Post reports: Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage. The breaches have been made using a popular cordless …

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Family Separation Advocate Up For DHS Secretary

NBC News reports: The White House is strongly considering Chad Wolf, the acting undersecretary for strategy at the Department of Homeland Security and former chief of staff to then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, to head DHS, according to four current and former department officials familiar with deliberations on the matter. Wolf is not considered as hard-line on immigration as two other names …

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DOJ To Collect DNA Samples From Detained Migrants

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said. The Justice Department will publish an amended regulation Monday that would mandate DNA collection for almost …

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Federal Court Blocks Trump Bid To Restrict Green Cards

CBS News reports: A federal judge on Friday blocked a sweeping regulation that would’ve made it easier for the Trump administration to reject green card and visa applications filed by low-income immigrants whom the government determines are or might become a burden on U.S. taxpayers. Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan issued a preliminary nationwide injunction …

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Replica Of Trump Border Wall Easily Scaled By Experts, Novices, Children, & Man Juggling Three Balls [VIDEO]

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: In Eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge area, an 18-foot replica of President Donald Trump’s border wall is being scaled not only by experienced mountain climbers, but by novices and young children. One climber even scaled it while juggling. “You don’t tell a climber that something can’t be climbed or that it’s impossible,” said Rick Weber, the …

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Replica Border Wall Climbing Contest To Be Held

From the climbing aficionado site Rock & Ice: Many in the climbing community were amused a couple weeks ago when our POTUS held a press conference at a section of his latest border wall design—a series of parallel square steel posts with a 5-foot-high plate at the top. “Impossible to climb,” he stated. He boasted that “the federal government tested …

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Coming Trump Proclamation Will Require Immigration Visa Applicants To Show Proof Of Health Insurance

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Trump plans to sign a proclamation requiring immigrant-visa applicants to show they can afford health care, people familiar with the matter said. The action, which is set to take effect in 30 days, would require applicants, including people with ties to family members in the U.S., to show they can get health insurance or …

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Homeland Security To Collect DNA From Migrants

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is moving to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year for entry into a national criminal database, an immense expansion of the use of technology to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that …

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Supreme Court Backs Trump On Asylum Restrictions

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The court said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from people who had traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being denied asylum …

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Michelle Malkin: Immigration Is “Existential Suicide”

“The last thing that we should be doing is supporting this enabling of what happens to these kids on the trail, with total strangers making up fake families to get into the country. It’s a disgrace. I mean, illegal alien lawyers lobby, which is supported by George Soros, is right in the middle of it there, to lure people through. …

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Trump Admin Plots To Bar Most Refugees From US

The New York Times reports: The White House is considering a plan that would effectively bar refugees from most parts of the world from resettling in the United States by cutting back the decades-old program that admits tens of thousands of people each year who are fleeing war, persecution and famine, according to current and former administration officials. In meetings …

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Texas Gov Sorry For Anti-Migrant Fundraising Letter

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that “mistakes were made” in his fundraising letter that used alarmist language in calling to “DEFEND” the Texas border and was dated one day before a deadly shooting that targeted Hispanics in El Paso. Speaking to reporters ahead of the second meeting of the newly formed Texas Safety Commission, Abbott said …

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Trump Yanks $155M From FEMA For Detention Camps

NBC News reports: The Trump administration is pulling $271 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund, to pay for immigration detention space and temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico, according to department officials and a letter sent to the agency by a …

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19 States Sue Over Indefinite Detention Of Migrant Kids

The Associated Press reports: Nineteen states sued on Monday over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. “We wish to protect children from irreparable harm,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said as he announced the lawsuit he is co-leading with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Both are …

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Migrant Families Face Indefinite Detention In New Rule

The Guardian reports: The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive. The White House has for more …

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California AG Sues To Block Green Cards Plan: I Can Boil It Down To Four Words, They Don’t Like Immigrants

Courthouse News reports: Painting it as an economic threat and a cruel attack on immigrants, California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration’s new rule that allows the government to deny green cards to people relying on some forms of public assistance. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Trump’s attempt to redefine the definition of a “public charge” is a …

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