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Flu Outbreak Prompts Largest Border Detention Center to Stop Processing Migrants
Migrants apprehended in the area were processed at other locations while intake was suspended in McAllen, officials said. A Border Patrol official told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the 32 ill detainees had been transferred out of the McAllen center to nearby facilities for further tests
On Immigration, 2020 Democrats Largely Stick to Decrying Trump
Some advocates worry, Democrats are ceding ground in a general election campaign by not pursuing concrete alternatives, especially on asylum, that speak to centrist voters; they are also forgoing a chance to have policy debates now that will shape their ability to govern if they win the White House
Trump plan would shift immigration focus to 'merit'
Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats , and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, "totally brilliant," high-skilled workers he says won't compete for American jobs
Guatemalan Boy Dies at Border Station While Awaiting Move to a Shelter
A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who officials said was sick with influenza was found dead at a Border Patrol station in South Texas on Monday morning, after a week of waiting in holding facilities to be sent to a shelter for migrant children
Eliminación de aranceles al acero y aluminio acelerará la ratificación del T-MEC
La secretaria de Economía, Graciela Márquez, dijo que la eliminación en Estados Unidos de los aranceles a insumos de aluminio y acero provenientes de México y Canadá fue resultado de varios meses de negociación entre los tres países
AMLO presentará mañana plan de desarrollo para región centroamericana
El presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, presentará mañana el Programa de Desarrollo Regional para Centroamérica y el Sureste de México, a fin de impulsar el progreso económico y social y, al mismo tiempo, frenar los flujos migratorios
The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico border: It’s Americans heading south
Mexico’s statistics institute estimated this month that the U.S.-born population in this country has reached 799,000 — a roughly fourfold increase since 1990. And that is probably an undercount. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City estimates the real number at 1.5 million or more
Unauthorized immigrants help prop up America's economy
For years, it's been an open secret that unauthorized immigrant workers are propping up the Social Security retirement trust fund and Medicare systems — even though they can't access benefits from either of those programs
Guatemalan Migrant Child Dies After Mexican Detention
A 10-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl died after being taken to hospital from a Mexico City immigration detention center, Mexican authorities said on Thursday, adding to a growing number of deaths of minors migrating from the Central American country
Trump is now claiming that a surge in children at the border is a function of smuggling
When families arrive at the border now, the government can only detain the children for a certain period. The result is often that families are released together once they’ve been processed and detained up to that limit, with the expectation that they’ll then return for their subsequent immigration hearings
Muere niño migrante bajo custodia de EU; van cuatro este mes
La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de Estados Unidos (CBP por sus iniciales en inglés) aseguró el jueves que la madre del niño le dijo a los agentes que su hijo se enfermó el 6 de abril, tres días después de que fueran detenidos, y que fue hospitalizado ese día
U.S. Speaker Pelosi Opens Door to More Funds for Border Migrant Crisis
Democrats made a "thoughtful offer" to Republicans on Thursday evening of "several billion" dollars for humanitarian needs at the border, the House Democratic aide said. He did not reveal the specific amount
Trump officials discussed deporting families
The idea was to arrest parents and children in 10 cities with large populations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, specifically New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, they said, without naming others.
The proposal, first reported by The Washington Post, was meant to send a message and possibly deter others from coming across the border, they said
Unaccompanied minors vulnerable, missing in Tijuana
Experts believe, and U.S. data indicates, the Mexican government is failing to document the majority of unaccompanied kids who make their way through Mexico to the U.S. border, leaving them in the shadows in border cities like Tijuana where they could end up in very dark and dangerous places
Border detention cells in Texas are so overcrowded that U.S. is using aircraft to move migrants
Homeland Security officials requested the aircraft because Border Patrol urgently needs to move single adults out of the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The agency is scrambling to make room for the large volume of families and children who have come across the border in dramatically higher numbers in the past several days, officials said
Help Wanted in the U.S.A.
Rising wages have drawn many workers from the sidelines, but not enough to fill jobs in fast-growing industries. One problem is that many middle-aged men who lost jobs during the recession left the workforce. They are nearing retirement age and unlikely to return to physical labor, yet there aren’t enough young people to replace them
Trump administration eyes mandatory employment checks for immigration plan
The plan to institute a mandatory federal employment verification program, known as E-Verify, would be a key part of an immigration overhaul crafted by a team led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser
Mexico worries as US keeps making asylum seekers wait there
Migrants in many Mexican border cities have typically made easy targets for organized crime gangs that kidnap them to extort money from relatives or try to recruit them into drug and human-trafficking businesses
Senators concerned about abuse allegations at shelters
The allegations raise questions on whether the agency has “failed to uphold its statutory duties to ensure the health and safety of children within their care,” the senators wrote in a letter to the assistant secretary for children and families. They said the allegations also raise serious questions about how some shelters have used federal funding
Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says
The remarks by the secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, were a major step in President Trump’s effort to build his border wall without congressional authorization since he declared a national emergency and took other measures to redirect funds in February
‘Not just talking points’: Kushner’s new tack on immigration
A border security bill that would focus, in part, on modernizing ports of entry, and a package of revisions to legal immigration that aims to create a more “merit-based” system giving preference to those with job skills rather than relatives of immigrants already in the country
Trump picks Obama-era Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan to lead ICE
Morgan is a former assistant director of the FBI, and he has been appearing on the Fox News Channel in recent weeks, to discuss both immigration policy and the report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on the investigation into Russian election interference
Democrats See a Way Out of Disaster Aid Impasse, but Trump Border Request Could Scuttle It
One potential obstacle to finishing a deal could be the Trump administration’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency funding to address the flood of asylum-seeking Central American families at the southern border. House Democrats rejected the proposal, which includes funding for detention beds, but indicated they were amenable to certain provisions
Asylum changes show Trump’s 2020 focus will again be on the border, presenting tough choices for Democrats
This dynamic has prompted concern among some Democratic activists and voters who want their candidates to talk openly not just about the Trump border policies they disagree with but what they would do differently if they are elected
US government to give DNA tests at border to check for fraud
The decision comes as Homeland Security officials are increasingly concerned about instances of child trafficking as a growing number of Central American families cross the border, straining resources to the breaking point
Democrats using veterans bill to try to block border wall
The $108 billion measure funding veterans benefits and improvements to military bases is perhaps the most popular funding bill to annually advance through Congress. Democrats unveiled the bill Tuesday and it is scheduled for a preliminary panel vote Wednesday
Resisten demócratas aprobación de T-MEC
La publicación indicó que cuando el Congreso regresa del receso esta semana con una lista completa de prioridades, la presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi (demócrata de California) y otros demócratas destacados han señalado que no permitirán una votación sobre el nuevo acuerdo con Canadá y México sin ciertos cambios
Immigrants for the Heartland
There are tangible costs to the U.S. economy of allocating far fewer skilled-immigrant visas than companies need. Most immediately, the cost is forgone jobs. Over the long run, the cost is forgone ideas, innovation and connections to the world
Mexico Deports Hondurans Amid Pressure to Reduce Migration
Mexican officials are now sorting through a backlog of petitions for transit or humanitarian visas in southern Mexico. Frustrated by long waits for visas and overcrowding at shelters, many migrants are opting to continue north without Mexico's blessing
Trump threatens crackdown on high visa overstay countries
The idea of restricting travel from high overstay countries is part of a long list of proposals being tossed around by officials as they try to appease a president who has been seething over the influx of migrants at the border
Trump administration says immigrants working in legal marijuana industry lack ‘moral character’ for citizenship
The guidance, issued — coincidentally or not — just before pot advocates’ national celebration of their 4/20 holiday, confirms what immigration and marijuana advocates have cautioned is a legal gray area that penalizes would-be citizens because they’ve broken a federal law
F.B.I. Arrests Leader of Right-Wing Militia That Detained Migrants in New Mexico
Mr. Hopkins’s arrest comes as tensions rise over ultraconservative paramilitary groups operating along the southwestern border. Professed militias have a long history of targeting immigrants from Latin America, tracing back to the Ku Klux Klan’s creation of its own border patrol in the 1970s
Bipartisan panel recommends changes to migrant processing
In an emergency draft report unveiled Tuesday, the Homeland Security Advisory Council called on the Trump administration to immediately establish three to four regional processing centers along the southwest border with Mexico
I’m an immigration judge. Here’s how we can fix our courts.
The surge of asylum cases that starts at the border doesn’t stay at the border. Newly arrived families often get their cases transferred to where they planned to join family or friends. Sometimes that gives a family time to raise money to pay for a lawyer
Immigration has long-term benefits
We already know that communities who currently welcome immigrants have lower rates of crime and higher rates of economic activity. But what we didn't know until now is the degree to which this immigration in investment will likely pay dividends for the U.S. well into the 22nd century
Acting immigration chief quits after Trump calls for 'tougher' nominee
Trump is increasingly frustrated by a spike in illegal border crossings, and last month empowered a hard-line aide, Stephen Miller, to have greater authority over immigration policy within the White House
Immigration White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes
The White House believed it could punish Democrats — including Pelosi — by busing ICE detainees into their districts before their release, according to two DHS whistleblowers who independently reported the busing plan to Congress
Trump digs in on false claim that he stopped Obama’s family separation policy
The Obama administration rejected a plan for family separations, according to Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s top adviser for immigration. The Trump administration operated a pilot program for family separations in the El Paso area beginning in mid-2017
Trump administration considers revised version of family separation tactic
Administration officials said Tuesday that while a return to the previous family separation tactic, known as “zero tolerance,” is not in the works, the White House is considering a “binary choice” policy
'Our country is full': Trump says migrants straining system after border visit
Trump has been increasingly exasperated at his inability to halt the swelling number of migrants entering the U.S., including thousands who have been released after arriving because border officials have no space for them
Miami detention center for migrant children is expanding again
First opened as a migrant child shelter and then shuttered under Barack Obama, the center has housed a total of around 8,300 children since Trump reopened it a year ago to help alleviate the stress on federal resources caused by a short-lived policy to remove children from their parents' custody at the southern border
Trump has no interest in addressing border issues or immigration reform
But the freeze doesn’t punish those governments. That aid money primarily goes to nonprofit organizations working to combat violence, create jobs and stabilize communities so that fewer people feel compelled to leave. Shutting off the aid will worsen the problem the president complains about
US immigration to close holding area under El Paso bridge
U.S. immigration officials say they will close a holding area under a bridge connecting El Paso, Texas, with Juarez, Mexico, that is just a short distance from where a senior official declared an “operational crisis” at the border last week
Supreme Court says government has broad authority when detaining some immigrants
A narrowly divided Supreme Court said Tuesday that federal authorities have broad powers to detain indefinitely and without a bond hearing legal immigrants who have completed their punishment for certain crimes that make them eligible for deportation
Anyone Speak K’iche’ or Mam? Immigration Courts Overwhelmed by Indigenous Languages
The small number of interpreters who do have a basic grasp of indigenous languages are still often ill-equipped to help — they must explain legal terms that are difficult to comprehend in any language and there are significant differences between regional dialects
Congress won’t override his veto. But some experts say the disapproval could factor into the real fight that matters: in the courts
Overall migration to the U.S., predominantly led by Mexicans, is at a historic low, down from a peak of 1.6 million in the year 2000 to less than 400,000 last fall
ICE is tapping into a huge license-plate database, ACLU says, raising new privacy concerns about surveillance
ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said that agents use the license-plate database as a tool to help in its immigration-enforcement investigations and that it does not use the information to track people “who have no connection to ICE investigatory or enforcement activities.”
Without immigrants, Trump’s jobs numbers would be much, much worse
The most recent, published in May, found that about 17 percent of people working in the United States were born outside the country, a bit over 1 in 6. The unemployment rate among immigrants, in fact, is lower than that of native-born Americans
Trump Budget Sets Up Another Battle Over Wall Funding
Trump's proposal, titled "A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First" and set for release Monday, "embodies fiscal responsibility," said Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget
U.S. Continues to Separate Migrant Families Despite Rollback of Policy
The recent separations have occurred largely because parents have been flagged for fraud, a communicable disease or past criminal history — in some cases relatively minor violations, years in the past, that ordinarily would not lead to the loss of parental custody
Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database
The documents detail an intelligence-gathering effort by the United States and Mexican authorities, targeting more than 50 people including journalists, an attorney, and immigration advocates
López Obrador envía al Senado 15 propuestas de nombramientos como cónsules
Se trata de quienes ocuparían los principales consulados de Estados Unidos que desde ahora llevan como encomienda implementar la estrategia de protección al migrante anunciada la semana pasada en Palacio Nacional
México apoyará a migrantes como política de soberanía: SRE y Segob
El Gobierno mexicano advirtió que frente a las decisiones unilaterales de Estados Unidos en materia migratoria, como la de devolver a los migrantes que solicitaron asilo, México mantendrá su apoyo a estos grupos con una política soberana
SRE anuncia plan para que consulados defiendan a migrantes; ONG advierte vacíos
La renovación de los consulados será financiada con 3 mil millones de pesos y espera incorporar a 2 mil 173 funcionarios, mayormente del Servicio Exterior Mexicano, que deberán atender las necesidades de más de 11 millones de mexicanos que habitan en Estados Unidos.
Nearly 6,000 abuse complaints at migrant children shelters
The cases include allegations of inappropriate touching, staff members allegedly watching minors while they bathed and showing pornographic videos to minors. Some of the allegations included inappropriate conduct by minors in shelters against other minors, as well as by staff members
When Trump declared national emergency, most detained immigrants were not criminals
Of the 48,793 immigrants jailed on Feb. 9, the ICE data shows, 18,124 had criminal records. An additional 5,715 people had pending criminal charges, officials said, but they did not provide details. ICE also did not break down the severity of the crimes committed by or attributed to detainees
16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall
The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Mr. Trump set off on Friday when he declared that he would spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than Congress had granted him
Congress approves border deal to avert shutdown; Trump to sign it and seek wall money elsewhere
Under the National Emergencies Act, House passage of a disapproval resolution would trigger automatic consideration by the Senate, where a simple majority vote would be required to agree to it. Given opposition from some Republicans, that raises the prospect that a disapproval resolution would pass the narrowly divided Senate in an embarrassing rebuke to Trump
Analysis: Missing Piece in Trump's Wall Is GOP Support
Of course Republicans want to secure the borders. Both parties do. But they have different views on how to do it. And more importantly for counting votes in the House and Senate, they diverge on how much to pay for it and what other immigration changes to swap in return
U.S. Border Patrol Overwhelmed by Large Groups of Migrant Families
Human rights advocates say increased border security and daily quotas put on asylum requests at ports of entry are among factors pushing large groups of migrants to cross the border in risky, remote areas
Aseguran ONGs que EU sigue separando familias migrantes
Las separaciones de niños y padres en la frontera de Estados Unidos con México por parte de las autoridades estadounidenses continúan actualmente, denunció hoy una organización ante un comité de la Cámara de Representantes del país
The nation faces many problems. A crisis at the border isn’t one of them | Editorial
Few would argue that the immigration system is fine the way it is. Immigration law is confusing and byzantine. We need a sober debate over what our overarching goals should be, and a streamlined bureaucratic process for getting us there
Trump uses State of the Union address to emphasize immigration agenda
President Trump on Tuesday issued another dark warning about the dangers of illegal immigration at the “lawless” southern border, but he made no mention of the national emergency power he has threatened to invoke to build a border wall without congressional approval
D.C. will offer up to $725 per person to help residents seeking U.S. citizenship
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said in a statement Monday the District awarded the National Immigration Forum, a nonprofit advocate for immigrants, a $100,000 grant to provide financial support to residents, employees and their families, the statement said
Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations
He made no mention of closing the government again, a move that backfired on him, but instead suggested he plans to declare a national emergency to build the wall. “I’ve set the table,” he said. “I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do.”
Delegan a México protección
El documento enviado el lunes a sus funcionarios en la frontera, cita una carta enviada por el Encargado de Negocios de la Embajada de EU, John Creamer, al Subsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores para América del Norte, Jesús Seade, en la que se da a conocer que EU considera que México aceptó en diciembre pasado recibir y proteger a los migrantes.
Intentan cruzar por segunda vez
Cerca de 2,000 migrantes, provenientes principalmente de Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala, que buscan llegar a Estados Unidos pasan sus días en el albergue temporal ubicado en el estadio Jesús Martínez Palillo, localizado en la alcaldía de Iztacalco.
La Visa Mexicana para centroamericanos, ¿para qué?
¿Qué caso tiene que México siga exigiendo la visa a centroamericanos si la gran mayoría cruza sin pasaporte y por accesos irregulares? Una propuesta que hice desde entonces, y la sostengo, es que México retire el requisito de la Visa a Centroamericanos, en particular a los del “Triángulo del Norte”, (Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador).
The Trek Across the Border Veers Into More and More Remote Terrain
In a two-day span in January, 362 migrants surrendered to the Border Patrol in Antelope Wells, overwhelming the small base’s capacity to process asylum requests. Last week, a new group of 306 migrants arrived at the same location, including children in need of immediate medical care — a situation officials in New Mexico say is without precedent.
It’s not just immigrants. Trump is separating American families, too.
While family separation at the border received significant media attention last year, a quieter family separation policy continued under the radar, and the separations have targeted American families.
EU enviará más tropas
Los soldados serán utilizados principalmente para instalar barreras de alambre adicionales, y ofrecer un nuevo sistema de vigilancia y monitoreo móvil en la zona fronteriza. Los planes indican que se instalarán 240 kilómetros más de alambre de púas, principalmente en los huecos entre los puertos de entrada.
Activists making ‘water drops’ for migrants near border say government intimidation is rising
Emotions were high as nearly 75 people congregated outside a local community center wearing hiking boots and backpacks and carrying dozens of water jugs. This was the rallying point for volunteers joining immigrant rights group Border Angels on its latest trek into the arid Southern California desert to leave food, water and warm clothes for migrants crossing the southern border.
Trump’s company plans to expand check of employees’ legal status following report that it hired undocumented workers for years
President Trump’s company plans to institute E-Verify, a federal program that allows employers to check whether new hires are legally eligible to work in the United States, in every one of its golf clubs, hotels and resorts, following a Washington Post report that its club in Westchester County, N.Y., employed undocumented immigrants for years.
President Trump tweets nonsensical figures on illegal immigration
He describes, to the dollar, the alleged cost of illegal immigration — as well as the exact number of undocumented immigrants. But both numbers can only be estimates; there is no actual count of undocumented immigrants, and there is a big dispute over what kind of financial drain, if any, illegal immigration places on the United States.
Shutdown Compounds Woes for Immigration System
The immigration-court backlog grew by at least 10% during the partial government shutdown, as a funding dispute centered on border security left the nation’s overloaded immigration system digging out of an even deeper hole than before the five-week standoff
End Forced Labor in Immigrant Detention
There are more than 48,000 people being held in immigrant detention in more than 200 facilities in the United States. More than two-thirds of them, according to the National Immigrant Justice Center, are confined by private companies, working on contracts with the federal government.
How do Democrats negotiate with a president who will build his wall regardless?
It’s never easy to tell whether President Trump is staking out a negotiating position or drawing a line in the sand. But the comments he and his acting chief of staff made over the weekend about the border-security negotiations sound like Trump really is dug in on his wall project.
Lawmakers are uneasy about using military money and active-duty troops at border
With more than 2,300 U.S. troops still stationed at the southern border, lawmakers pressed Defense Department officials Tuesday to defend the deployment of active-duty members and asked whether President Trump plans on declaring a national emergency so he can use Pentagon funds for a border wall
12 people detained after human smuggling boat lands in Huntington Beach
It’s unclear where the boat traveled from, but it came ashore near Pacific Coast Highway and Anderson Street shortly before 3 p.m. Nine of the Chinese nationals were men and one was a woman. The U.S. Coast Guard determined they were in good health, Rice said.
Reitera Ebrard que México no aceptará ser tercer país seguro para migrantes
A unos días de que el gobierno estadunidense anunciara que devolverán a los solicitantes de asilo a México, el secretario de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, reiteró que nuestro país no acepta ni aceptará un tratado que lo coloque como tercer país seguro para migrantes que buscan acceder a Estados Unidos (EU).
Judges Check Trump’s Immigration Cruelty
A day after a federal judge denounced the former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, at a sentencing hearing, for lying to F.B.I. agents, the judge had a similar message on Wednesday for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Follow the law. It was one of two court decisions this week making clear that the Trump administration was overstepping its powers to restrict the granting of asylum.
White House moves toward government shutdown, vowing 'whatever is necessary' to secure money for a border wall
The Trump administration signaled Sunday that it would not compromise to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week, with senior White House policy advisor Stephen Miller declaring that “we’re going to do whatever is necessary” to secure money for the president’s much-vaunted border wall.
Guajardo descarta riesgo de que demócratas en EU bloqueen T-MEC
La firma del T-MEC está prevista para el 30 de noviembre en Buenos Aires, Argentina, a pesar de que el Congreso en Estados Unidos sea mayoritariamente del partido Demócrata, aseguró el secretario de Economía Ildefonso Guajardo
Lawsuit targets Greyhound over warrantless stopping of buses by border agents
Lawyers for a California woman asked a state judge Thursday to order Greyhound Lines to stop allowing federal immigration agents to board its buses and demand identification and proof of citizenship from passengers.
Trump moves to sharply restrict asylum, as major immigration issues head toward Supreme Court
The Trump administration announced a major new effort to restrict people from claiming asylum at the U.S. border, setting up a legal battle over the president’s authority over immigration
Congreso de EU se acerca a nueva batalla por fondos para muro fronterizo con México
Cuando el Congreso de Estados Unidos vuelva a reunirse el 13 de noviembre, tendrá menos de un mes de plazo para sancionar la financiación de partes del gobierno federal y posiblemente confrontará por los fondos para construir el muro propuesto ...
‘Dreamers’ Win Round in Legal Battle to Keep DACA
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke deportation protections for some 700,000 young “Dreamers” who were brought into the United States illegally as children
ICE agent gets a year in prison for helping Mexican national gain reentry to U.S.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent convicted of helping a Mexican national with multiple felony convictions reenter the country illegally was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison, officials said..