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🦇 Trump threatens to close 'Southern Border entirely' if Dems don't fund wall
« Reply #825 on: December 29, 2018, 09:27:34 AM »
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Trump threatens to close 'Southern Border entirely' if Dems don't fund wall
By Chris Mills Rodrigo - 12/28/18 08:02 AM EST


President Trump on Friday threatened to "close the Southern Border entirely" if Democrats do not agree to provide money to "finish" building a wall on the Mexican border.

Trump made the threat as a partial government shutdown enters its seventh day with no end in sight.

The shutdown began on Saturday after Democrats rejected demands from Trump that $5 billion be included for the wall in a measure to keep the government open.

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with," the president tweeted.

He also criticized past presidents and Congresses over the nation's current immigration laws.

"Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!"

    We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018

The tweet was one of several Trump wrote on Friday morning as the shutdown increasingly looked like it could drag well into 2019.

Trump in a second tweet tied the fight over the wall to another of his signature issues: trade. He said the U.S. was losing money through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that closing the border would be a "profit making operation."

    ....The United States looses soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a “profit making operation.” We build a Wall or.....
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018

The U.S runs a trade deficit with Mexico, but outside observers have said that closing the border could cause economic chaos given the amount of trade and people who legally cross the border every day.

According to a report earlier this month by CBS News, about $558 billion in goods flowed across the border in both directions last year. It found that the U.S. exported $243.3 billion in goods across the border along with $58 billion in services.

Nearly a half million people enter the US. each day at various entry points on the southern border, according to a Wilson Center report cited by CBS.

Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, told CBS MoneyWatch that shutting down the border would cost "hundreds of millions of dollars a day" or "maybe a billion."

Trump also said that closing the border would help the U.S. auto industry.
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    .....close the Southern Border. Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs. Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico. Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border......
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018

He concluded his string of tweets by accusing “Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador” of taking money from the U.S. and threatening to cut off aid to the countries.

    .....Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries - taking advantage of U.S. for years!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018

Congress appropriates money for foreign aid and would have to sign off on reducing aid to the countries through the appropriations process, something unlikely to happen with Democrats retaking the House majority in January. 

Trump negotiated changes to the NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, but he must get the Congress to agree to legislation implementing the new trade rules to enact them. Democrats are demanding changes to the new deal that would strengthen labor rights provisions.

On the shutdown, Trump and Democrats in Congress have been battling over who is to blame, with the White House stepping up its efforts to shift blame to Democrats.

Democrats are confident that Trump will get the blame from voters because of an Oval Office meeting earlier this month in which Trump said he would embrace a government shutdown that was triggered over the wall.

He also said he would not blame Democrats for a shutdown that started over wall funding, though he has since shifted from that stance.

The shutdown has left 800,000 federal employees furloughed or forced to work without pay through the holidays.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday found more people blame Trump for the shutdown than Democrats. In the poll, 33 percent blamed Democrats in Congress for the shutdown, compared to 47 percent who blamed Trump.

Another seven percent blamed Republicans in Congress, while 12 percent blamed “other.”

Just 35 percent of those surveyed said they wanted Congress to fund the wall.

The shutdown is not expected to end until 2019 at this stage.

On Thursday, the Senate adjourned until Monday, when it is scheduled to hold a pro forma session.

Democrats will retake the House majority on Jan. 3, and could seek to pass legislation on that day to reopen the government.

What's not clear is how the Senate would handle such a measure. The Senate will remain in GOP hands next year, with Republicans actually enjoying a larger majority.
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🚢 New Mexico governor orders withdrawal of National Guard troops from border
« Reply #826 on: February 07, 2019, 12:46:33 AM »
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/new-mexico-governor-orders-withdrawal-of-national-guard-troops-from-border

New Mexico governor orders withdrawal of National Guard troops from border
by Caitlin Yilek
 | February 06, 2019 10:08 AM


The Democratic governor of New Mexico ordered a partial withdrawal of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border while also taking a shot at President Trump.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, made the announcement a few hours before Trump delivered his State of the Union address in which he renewed his call for a wall along the southern border.

"New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops," Lujan Grisham said in a statement Tuesday.
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National Guard troops were deployed to the border in April 2018 and 118 remained there before Lujan Grisham’s announcement. The governor has also directed Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin to pull out their troops.

She said some troops will remain in the southwestern part of the state to address humanitarian needs.

“I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep,” she said.
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Re: The Official Refugee Thread
« Reply #827 on: February 07, 2019, 03:57:00 AM »
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🛂 Maduro shuts Venezuela's border with Brazil amid aid standoff
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https://www.npr.org/2019/03/09/701935587/judge-immigration-must-identify-thousands-more-migrant-kids-separated-from-paren

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U.S. Border Patrol agents take a father and son from Honduras into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 near Mission, Texas. The asylum seekers were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation.
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A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to identify thousands more migrant families separated at the border before the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy was announced in 2018.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw's ruling vastly expanded the number of migrant families potentially eligible for relief under a federal class action lawsuit that challenged the legality of the practice, and ultimately banned further family separation.

On June 26 of last year, Sabraw ordered the government to reunite the affected families.

At the time, the government was holding some 2,800 children separated from parents in shelters nationwide. Since the June ruling, immigration officials have reunited nearly all of those children with parents, or released them to relatives or sponsors in the U.S.

In his order expanding the class, Sabraw cited a recent report by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that found the government had initiated family separations at least a year earlier than the court knew.

The inspector general said, "thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court."
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The IG's investigation also revealed that inconsistent record-keeping of those separations meant there was no way to know the total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities.

Attorneys with the ACLU who represent migrant parents called the OIG's report a bombshell.

Late last year they had asked Sabraw to clarify whether families separated before the judge's June injunction should be eligible for the same relief.

In his 14-page decision, Sabraw wrote that the parents who had been excluded from the class had experienced the same alleged violation.

"Like the current class members, they too were separated from their children," Sabraw wrote. "They were not reunited with their children despite the absence of any finding they were unfit parents or presented a danger to their children."

"The court made clear that potentially thousands of children's lives are at stake, and that the Trump administration cannot simply ignore the devastation it has caused," ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said in a statement in response to Sabraw's ruling.

The judge deferred any discussion of what remedy should be offered to the families to future hearings, but indicated the first step would be for the government to provide an accounting of all migrant families separated between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018.

During that time a total of 47,083 children passed through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services that's responsible for the care of migrant children who arrive without a parent or have been separated from them.

According to a court filing by the agency's deputy director, Jallyn Sualog, all of those cases would need to be reviewed to identify which children were separated from a parent.

The government had argued that the burden was too great and would take too long.

Sabraw rejected that reasoning and said the extra effort required to identify the additional children could not be considered "unfair."

"The hallmark of a civilized society is measured by how it treats its people and those within its borders," he wrote.
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The "zero tolerance" policy resulted in widespread criminal prosecution of parents, whose children were taken from them when they were sent to jail, and transferred to government shelters.

The policy appears to be the public adoption of family separations that began in the earliest days of the Trump administration.

That was not what Sabraw understood when he issued his June 26, 2018 injunction to halt the practice.

At a Feb. 21 hearing Sabraw reminded government attorneys that as recently as June 6, 2018, in a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit on behalf of parents whose children were taken from them, they stated there was no policy or practice of separating families.

"That was the government's response, and I accept that that response was made in good faith. But thereafter much has come to light," Sabraw told Deputy Assistant Attorney General Scott Stewart. "What appears to be unknown to everyone here was that ORR had a tremendous spike in the number of unaccompanied children being delivered to them, far before the lawsuit was filed."

Also unknown to the court, was that ORR had delivered those children out to sponsors before June 26.

Sabraw said his decision to limit reunifications to children still in ORR care on June 26th was based on what he knew at the time.

At the Feb. 21 hearing ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, told the judge he reserved the right to expand the class further if earlier family separations proved unlawful.
How the Trump administration expanded family separations

Immigration officials have long separated children from parents and guardians for cause under an anti-trafficking statute, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). In 2016, however, those separations rarely occurred, according to the IG's report.

Children separated from parents made up less than half a percent (0.3 percent) of the children referred to the ORR in 2016, the report noted, but by August of 2017 that number had increased to 3.6 percent.

The IG found that the increase resulted from a letter the U.S. Attorney General sent to federal prosecutors in the Spring of 2017, ordering them to prioritize criminal charges for immigration-related offenses.

The IG also found that the administration began piloting the "zero tolerance" policy in El Paso, Texas in July 2017.

By December 2017 numerous immigrant advocates alleged a major increase in separations in a complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security that called for the inspector general of the agency to investigate.

The ACLU filed a class action suit challenging the practice in February of 2018.

The Trump administration did not announce its "zero tolerance" policy until May of 2018, one month after it had been expanded to the whole southern border.
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🚢 US-Mexico border wall: Pentagon authorises $1bn transfer
« Reply #830 on: March 26, 2019, 12:03:23 AM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47702152

US-Mexico border wall: Pentagon authorises $1bn transfer

    1 hour ago


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Image caption Fences already run along stretches of the US-Mexico border

The Pentagon has authorised the transfer of $1bn (£758m) to army engineers for new wall construction along the US-Mexico border.

The funds are the first under the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to bypass Congress and build the barrier he pledged during his election campaign.

Democrats have protested against the move.

The funds will be used to build about 57 miles (91km) of fencing.

President Trump has called the situation at the southern border a "crisis" and insists a physical barrier is needed to stop criminals crossing into the US. His critics say he has manufactured the border emergency.

A Pentagon statement said acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan had "authorised the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1bn in support to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol".

    Trump faces anger over wall emergency plan
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The statement cited a federal law that "gives the Department of Defence the authority to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of federal law enforcement agencies".

As well the 18ft-high (5m) "pedestrian fencing", the funds will cover road improvements and new lights.

Democratic senators complained that the Pentagon had not sought permission from the appropriate committees before notifying Congress of the funds transfer.


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Image caption Thousands of people cross the border every year seeking a new life in the US

"We strongly object to both the substance of the funding transfer, and to the department implementing the transfer without seeking the approval of the congressional defence committees and in violation of provisions in the defence appropriation itself," the senators wrote in a letter to Mr Shanahan, CNN reported.

Mr Trump declared the emergency on 15 February after Congress refused his requests for $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to construct the wall. By declaring an emergency he sought to bypass Congress and build the wall with military funding.

Democrats branded the declaration unconstitutional.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution to overturn the emergency last month, and 12 Republicans later sided with Democratic Senators to get it through the Senate.
Media captionTrump issues first veto of his presidency

However, Mr Trump vetoed the resolution earlier this month.

Congress will now need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override him, which correspondents say is unlikely to happen.
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🚢 US-Mexico border official says migrant crisis 'at breaking point'
« Reply #831 on: March 29, 2019, 01:34:18 AM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47736603

US-Mexico border official says migrant crisis 'at breaking point'

 

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Image caption Central American migrants are seen inside an enclosure in El Paso after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States illegally and turning themselves in to request asylum

The US-Mexico border has reached "breaking point", US officials say, amid an "unprecedented" surge in migrant numbers.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said it is "a matter of time" before tragedy strikes at one of their facilities.

In El Paso, Texas, officials have over 13,000 migrants in custody this week, he said.

Most of the migrants entering the US are families or unaccompanied children.

"On Monday and Tuesday, CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody," Mr McAleenan said at a news conference on Wednesday.

"As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000. 13,000 is unprecedented."
Media captionKevin McAleenan speaks in El Paso, just down the road from a makeshift detention centre

During previous immigration surges, many of those seeking entry were single adults, the commissioner said.

But because these are family units and children, they cannot be easily repatriated and instead, are "almost guaranteed to be released to remain in the US indefinitely".

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still do not have the capacity to detain families and children, officials said.

Mr McAleenan said his agency expects 40,000 children to enter CBP custody in March after entering the US unaccompanied, "in the hands of violent and callous smugglers".

"We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy in a CBP facility," he added. "But with these numbers, with the types of illnesses we're seeing...I fear that it's just a matter of time."

CBP officials are on pace to manage over 100,000 migrants this month - the highest in a month since 2008.
A humanitarian emergency in a political storm

The images from El Paso are dramatic. Men, women and children huddle behind chain-link fences, with only the most rudimentary of services.

Donald Trump has called the border situation a "crisis" - and while the families crossing into the US at a growing rate may not be the national security threat he describes, the potential for a humanitarian emergency is real.

The challenge for the US government is that there is no clear way to end the refugee tide without changing US law, which allows migrants to claim asylum from anywhere on US soil.

Mr Trump's much-touted border wall - which already largely exists in El Paso - is ineffective, because it can't be built on the Rio Grande river, the actual border separating the US and Mexico.

Refugees can complete their 1,000-mile journey from Central America by wading into US territory.

This could put Democrats in a bind. For months they've criticised Mr Trump's warnings of border chaos as anti-immigrant hysteria. The debate over immigration has hardened into partisan trench warfare.

The situation, however, is changing.

If Democrats don't acknowledge this - and offer solutions - they risk finding themselves on the wrong side of public opinion and in the midst of a growing political storm.


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The agency has now redirected 750 agents from their roles at ports of entry to instead support the "humanitarian mission".

"We have in some sectors an average of 40% of our Border Patrol agents all fully engaged in just the care, transport, and processing of migrants."

CBP is asking for assistance from other federal agencies including the National Guard and Department of Defence to increase the capacity to process migrants.

Mr McAleenan has also asked for immediate legislative action from Congress so the agency can detain families together. as well as for the government to fix issues in the legal process for asylum seekers.

He noted that it often takes two to five years for asylum seekers to see a judge, and only around 10 to 15% of migrants actually have a legitimate claim.

US President Donald Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, in order to tap into funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

But Democrats argued he has manufactured a crisis at the border to fulfil a campaign promise, bypassing congressional authority in the process.

News of the dire situation at the border comes as "the mother of all caravans" is reportedly forming in Honduras.

Mexican news outlet El Economista reports that this latest group of migrants travelling to the US could have more than 20,000 people.

Mexico's Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero told local media an estimated 900,000 migrants will make their way through Mexico towards the US border by the end of 2019.
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🚢 Dems hammer Nielsen over border crisis
« Reply #832 on: March 31, 2019, 03:26:37 AM »
https://thehill.com/latino/436545-dems-hammer-nielsen-over-border-crisis

Dems hammer Nielsen over border crisis
By Rafael Bernal - 03/30/19 08:00 AM EDT


Democrats and immigration activists are firing back at Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, blaming her for the humanitarian crisis on the southwest border as the government struggles to deal with a surge in asylum seekers.

Nielsen has painted a dire picture of the situation with federal law enforcement agencies forced to choose between manning ports of entry and caring for asylum seekers crossing between those ports. And President Trump raised the stakes on Friday, vowing to close down the border if Mexico does not do more to stop migrants.

"The system is in freefall. DHS is doing everything possible to respond to a growing humanitarian catastrophe while also securing our borders, but we have reached peak capacity and are now forced to pull from other missions to respond to the emergency," Nielsen said in a statement Friday.

The statement followed a a letter to the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, in which Nielsen requested emergency funding for border security and specific powers to detain asylum-seeking family units for longer than currently allowed.

But Democrats are pushing back, accusing Nielsen of misrepresenting the cause of the crisis and failing to understand how to address it.

"In her letter to Congress, the Secretary continues to confuse and mislead on the situation at the border and how we got to this point. President Trump’s border security and immigration policies have failed, and the Administration deserves much of the blame for making the difficult situation at the border worse," said House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) in a statement Friday.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) piled on after Nielsen's letter, saying the administration "has acted in bad faith when it comes to immigration and asylum policies."

"The Department of Homeland Security policies have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis at the border, and now Secretary Nielsen has put forth a list of proposals that will continue to hurt asylum seekers and deepen the crisis," added Castro in a statement.

Democrats said Trump's threat to shut the border would only make the situation worse.

"Threatening Mexico with a full border closure is just another rash decision, reflective of the president’s obsession with partisan talking points and campaign rallies," said Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) in a statement.

Neither side denies a crisis exists amid large numbers of asylum seekers heading to the border. But there is a sharp disagreement over how the situation on the border reached a tipping point.

The administration is calling it an immigration crisis, while Trump critics say it has been caused by mismanaging resources at the border.

The Trump administration attributes the crisis to sheer numbers -- apprehensions of family units outside ports of entry at the border spiked in February, forcing the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection to redirect resources to care for the migrant families.

In February, the Border Patrol apprehended 36,174 people traveling as part of family units and 6,825 unaccompanied children (UACs). In the four months prior, border apprehensions hovered around 25,000 apprehensions of family unit members and 5,000 UACs per month.

But the crisis seems contained to asylum-seeking families, as official figures show that illicit crossing attempts by single adults seem to be following their regular seasonal patterns, maintaining the relatively low numbers seen over the past decade.

In February, the Border Patrol apprehended 23,451 adults not traveling in families, an uptick from the colder months of December and January — 18,479 and 18,678, respectively — but similar to the number seen in October and November, 22,918 and 21,431, respectively.

Immigrant rights activists and Democrats blame the surge in family unit apprehensions on Trump policies implemented mostly under Nielsen.

"The problem was created on her watch and instead of saying this is what I'm going to do and this is how I'm solving it right now, she's crying, 'I need more resources, I need this I need that.' and people are saying, 'no, no, we just gave you some, go do your job,'" said Ur Jaddou, director of DHS Watch, a progressive immigration watchdog.

"In any other world, she would be fired," she added.

Opponents say two DHS policies, known as "metering" and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), hold particular blame for pushing migrants away from legal ports of entry.

Under metering, prospective asylum seekers are given turns to present their claim at ports of entry, often forcing Central American families to wait for weeks in northern Mexican cities.

And MPP, also known as "remain in Mexico," is a program that allows for some asylum seekers to undergo their first screening with U.S. authorities, and then be returned to Mexico while their cases are reviewed by immigration courts -- a process that can take weeks, months, or years.

"They instituted metering a long time ago all over the border. That exasperates the issue exponentially because … people end up spreading out across, in between ports of entry where there are no facilities, you're relying upon the Border Patrol to pick up people, they don't have vehicles, it's complete chaos," said Jaddou, a former chief counsel to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

"They should've instead had an interagency process ... to discuss, 'how do we build facilities at ports of entry where it can be organized, orderly,'" she added.

Both sides in the debate also have sharply different views on how to manage the root causes leading to the rise in Central American emigration.

Nielsen traveled to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, this week to sign a security pact aimed at reducing migration through tougher law enforcement in the Northern Triangle -- Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

One of the stated goals of the pact is to prevent the formation of migrant caravans -- a relatively new phenomenon. Advocates for migrants say the caravans provide safety in numbers but others call them an economic boon for smugglers who can charge up to $8,000 per person for the trip.

The caravans though have made clear the problems with a border security force built to catch surreptitious border crossers rather than deal with large groups of asylum-seeking families.

"The system was built to catch people evading, and single young men ... Now it's an easier job because they're coming to you, you don't have to have this large, large border patrol force roaming the desert, now you just place them at ports of entry," said Jaddou.

The left has grown increasingly frustrated with the administration's focus on enforcement — highlighted by a Trump's push for a border wall.

Frank Sharry, director of America's Voice, a liberal immigration group, called the focus on deterrence "stupid."

"It's a complicated problem that requires a complicated response and the simple-minded Trump folks are making this worse," he said.

Immigration advocates like Sharry say reassigning resources from border and interior enforcement to deal with asylum claims would lead to more orderly migration. And they say promoting economic development in Central America address the root causes.

Trump, though, on Friday laid the blame on Mexico and Democrats, who he said has passed "weak immigration laws," as he threatened to close the border.

A senior Homeland Security official told reporters on a call that the closures would come as officers at ports of entry are reassigned to care for asylum seekers in remote areas, not as a way to punish Mexico.

Democrats say they intend to step up their public opposition to Nielsen and the policies she is enacting.

"I think it's fair to say Nielsen has declared open season on immigrants," said Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-Calif.).
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🚢 US immigration to close holding area under El Paso bridge
« Reply #833 on: April 01, 2019, 03:39:03 AM »
https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-immigration-close-holding-area-el-paso-bridge-62080591

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

WATCH | Immigration system at 'breaking point': CBP chief
By The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — Mar 31, 2019 5:16 PM


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.

In a statement Sunday, Customs and Border Protection says that migrants being held under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge will be relocated to a place with more space and shelter.

The holding area is a few hundred yards from where Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan Wednesday announced that 750 border inspectors will be reassigned to cope with an influx of families from Central American seeking asylum.

The area held hundreds of migrants in a pen lined with concertina wire under the shade of a bridge.
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🚢 It's a 'Cat 5' immigration crisis: Nielsen
« Reply #834 on: April 03, 2019, 12:10:11 AM »
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It's a 'Cat 5' immigration crisis: Nielsen
By Victor Garcia | Fox News


Nielsen: Trump will take every action within his authority to stop flow of illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that the Trump administration is treating the immigration crisis as a “Cat 5 hurricane disaster.”

“We are bringing all of the agencies together; we're asking everybody to chip in,” Nielsen said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Why wouldn't we put the U.S. military along our border if it's really a crisis of that magnitude?” Carlson asked Secretary Nielsen.

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“I think we're looking into that. We've made the request. I'm in constant contact with the acting secretary of defense. I talked to some of the combatant commanders today. We are in fact pushing more and more military resources to the border,” Nielsen said.

President Trump threatened to close the border this week, prompting outrage from Democrats, and he called on Mexico to help prevent illegal immigration by using its own “strong” immigration laws.

The president also shut down aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

    "We are in fact pushing more and more military resources to the border."
    — Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of homeland security

“We’re going to have a strong border, or we’re going to have a closed border,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Carlson also pressed Nielsen on whether Trump would consider expanding the E-Verify system to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, or sign an order eliminating “birthright” citizenship.

CAL THOMAS: IF NOT AN EMERGENCY, WHAT IS IT?

Nielsen made it clear everything was being considered.

“We have to stop the drugs. We have to stop the smuggling and trafficking gangs. He's very serious about it, so yes, I think everything is on the table,” Nielsen said.
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Re: 🚢 It's a 'Cat 5' immigration crisis: Nielsen
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It's a 'Cat 5' immigration crisis: Nielsen
By Victor Garcia | Fox News


Nielsen: Trump will take every action within his authority to stop flow of illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that the Trump administration is treating the immigration crisis as a “Cat 5 hurricane disaster.”

“We are bringing all of the agencies together; we're asking everybody to chip in,” Nielsen said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Why wouldn't we put the U.S. military along our border if it's really a crisis of that magnitude?” Carlson asked Secretary Nielsen.

TRUMP STANDS BY BORDER CLOSURE THREAT

“I think we're looking into that. We've made the request. I'm in constant contact with the acting secretary of defense. I talked to some of the combatant commanders today. We are in fact pushing more and more military resources to the border,” Nielsen said.

President Trump threatened to close the border this week, prompting outrage from Democrats, and he called on Mexico to help prevent illegal immigration by using its own “strong” immigration laws.

The president also shut down aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

    "We are in fact pushing more and more military resources to the border."
    — Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of homeland security

“We’re going to have a strong border, or we’re going to have a closed border,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Carlson also pressed Nielsen on whether Trump would consider expanding the E-Verify system to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, or sign an order eliminating “birthright” citizenship.

CAL THOMAS: IF NOT AN EMERGENCY, WHAT IS IT?

Nielsen made it clear everything was being considered.

“We have to stop the drugs. We have to stop the smuggling and trafficking gangs. He's very serious about it, so yes, I think everything is on the table,” Nielsen said.

This is happening all around the globe. Global Warming and the wars are moving millions north. This HUMONGOUS problem is only going to get worse. Then there will be no food and water shortages, then disease, then death, by the thousands if we can't figure out pretty quick way to do deal with this wave of humans. Maybe all the countries around the world north of equator could all build walls to keep all the migrants ( what a name ) completely OUT and let them die of starvation!
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Border Patrol’s largest holding area — known to migrants as ‘the kennel’ — is overwhelmed
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Apr 03, 2019 | 4:20 PM
| McAllen, Texas

Border Patrol’s largest holding area — known to migrants as ‘the kennel’ — is overwhelmed


Migrant children recently released from U.S. custody wait to board a bus in McAllen, Texas. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Overwhelmed by an influx of migrant families, the federal government’s largest holding facility for people caught crossing the border illegally has run out of space and exhausted its budget.

The Central Processing Center, located in McAllen, Texas, is known to migrants as la perrera, or “the kennel.” Designed for 1,500 people, it now houses 2,400, according to Border Patrol officials, who gave journalists a rare tour on Wednesday.

Men slept shoulder to shoulder on concrete floors under a sea of mylar blankets. Children wailed as they waited behind chain-link barriers to use portable bathrooms and showers. Single adults had to wait to be driven to showers in another building. Sick parents and children rested on mats behind a partition.

The Border Patrol has already spent its $12.5-million operating budget for the facility for the fiscal year that started in October. Officials have requested an additional $12.5 million to cover staffing, food and other supplies for the rest of the year.
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The agency showed off the crowded facility before President Trump visits the California border town of Calexico on Friday, hoping to convince the public that the country is facing a national emergency that requires stepped-up enforcement, including a border wall that Congress has refused to authorize.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited El Paso Border Patrol facilities Wednesday and was due to visit those in Yuma, Ariz., on Thursday.

Both areas have seen sharp increases in migrant families arriving this year. El Paso’s holding facilities were 280% over capacity this week, with more than 3,400 people in custody, some held under a bridge and in tents.
Central American migrants arrive last month at a Catholic Charities respite center in McAllen, Texas.
Central American migrants arrive last month at a Catholic Charities respite center in McAllen, Texas. (Loren Elliott / For The Times)

In the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest stretch of border for illicit crossings, agents have caught about 1,000 migrants a day for roughly the last two weeks. The number traveling in families has climbed 200% compared with this time last year, said Carmen Qualia, an assistant chief patrol agent who runs the facility.

“They’re crossing with very little items because they know this facility exists,” Qualia said as she led reporters past cells packed with migrant parents and children. “They know if they come as a family they will have a clear path through. This is a policy crisis.”

Smaller holding areas at Border Patrol stations throughout the Rio Grande Valley were also packed. Officials said 6,000 migrants — including 527 unaccompanied children — were crammed into stations built for a total of 3,363.

In recent weeks, the Border Patrol has attempted to ease the overcrowding by releasing thousands of migrant families from the McAllen center and other holding areas with notices to appear in immigration court, rather than transferring them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement family detention centers, which are also full.
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Critics of illegal migration have condemned the practice as a return to the “catch and release” policies Trump had vowed to stop.

Migrant advocates have scrambled to house, feed and transport the hundreds of family members released daily in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso, which has also seen an influx of families arriving on the border this year.

A total of 750 customs officers have been reassigned from entry ports in El Paso, Tucson, San Diego and Laredo, Texas, to assist Border Patrol with processing migrants; more than half of those were sent to help the McAllen facility’s staff of 120.

A few National Guard troops from Texas were also assisting here. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials toured the center Wednesday and are expected to help the Border Patrol erect tents or other temporary holding areas at stations across the Rio Grande Valley, Qualia said.

During Wednesday’s tour, reporters were not allowed to interview, photograph or record migrants or Central American consular officials meeting with them. Qualia and other Border Patrol agents answered questions as they led the group through an outdoor sally port where migrants waited in line with children to be processed.

Inside, agents could be seen questioning migrant men and capturing their fingerprints using an electronic device. Men in neighboring cells shouted that they were hungry.

Agents said the migrants received hot meals, snacks, clothes, laundry service and medical care at an on-site clinic. They stay an average 50 to 60 hours, Qualia said.

The Border Patrol recently added more portable bathrooms and intends to expand the number of showers from the current total of 36, which can only accommodate 500 to 600 people a day.

About three dozen small children huddled together in one of the chain-link cells below a television screen showing the movie “Smallfoot.” In a cell nearby, men huddled with babies in their arms. About half of children arriving with a parent here come with a father, a dramatic increase from years past, Qualia said.

About half are what she called “fraudulent family units” — a child traveling with a relative posing as a parent. As part of processing, agents check documents such as birth certificates, some of which have proved to be fake.
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Some children even reappear at the facility with different adults, “recycled” by smugglers, although the Border Patrol has a policy of not checking biometrics of children under age 14, so it’s difficult to track how many, Qualia said.

She said migrants who arrive seeking asylum have already heard about the center in their home countries and expect to be released to local shelters. U.S. court decisions have limited the federal government’s ability to detain families to 20 days.

“They’re here because they know we cannot hold them,” she said.

The center, which was built in 2014 to house large groups of unaccompanied minors, has long drawn criticism from migrant advocates and lawmakers, who consider its chain-link fenced cells inhumane and unhealthy, even when they’re not packed.

But it’s a model the Border Patrol is expanding: The agency is expected to open a similar, $192-million processing center in El Paso this summer.
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ICE arrests more than 280 at Texas business, biggest workplace immigration raid in a decade
Workers' relatives came to the facility as word spread. "It's really sad and it makes a lot of people really angry and frustrated," the daughter of a detained worker said.

As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Inc. (CVE), and four of CVE's staffing companies in Allen, Texas on April 3, 2019.Charles Reed / ICE/HSI

April 3, 2019, 5:40 PM AKDT
By Phil Helsel

Federal immigration authorities arrested more than 280 employees of a Texas company in what officials said was the biggest single workplace raid in a decade.

The homeland security investigations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the employees of CVE Technology Group Inc. in the city of Allen, north of Dallas, were arrested on administrative immigration violations and that they were working in the United States unlawfully.

The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into complaints that the company may have knowingly hired people who are in the U.S. without authorization and that many of those workers were using fraudulent identification documents, the agency said.

CVE Group Inc. is a New Jersey-based company that refurbishes and repairs consumer tech products and has a national receiving center in North Texas, according to the company's website.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.

"Our focus is the criminal investigation," said Katrina W. Berger, a special agent in charge for ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas.

"As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years," she said.

Relatives of workers came to the facility after word of the operation spread, some emotional and wondering about their loved ones, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Anel Perez, the daughter of a worker who was been detained, told the station, "It's not fair. It's really sad and it makes a lot of people really angry and frustrated,"

Berger said she could not discuss many details of that ongoing probe but that "the numbers of the administrative arrests we made today hint at the significant scope of this investigation."
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ICE said that all those arrested would be interviewed "to record any medical, sole-caregiver or other humanitarian situations," and that the federal agency would then determine whether any would be considered for humanitarian release.

But the agency also said in the statement, "In all cases, all illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States."

Berger said that authorities were still vetting information and she did not have the nationalities, ages or any criminal backgrounds of those taken into custody.

ICE said that search warrants were executed at CVE Technology Group Inc. and four of CVE’s staffing companies.

Berger said that federal law requires all employers verify that workers are in the country legally with an I-9 form. ICE said an audit of those forms that began in January "confirmed numerous hiring irregularities."

"In this case with CVE, we received many tips that they were hiring illegal aliens who were using fraudulent documents," she said.

Berger, speaking generally and not about this case, said that immigration laws aim to ensure U.S. citizens and legal residents have a fair chance at getting jobs and that companies compete on the same playing field.

In addition, workers hired illegally can be abused and exploited such as by being paid less or subjected to unsafe working conditions, she said.
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Re: 🚢 It's a 'Cat 5' immigration crisis: Nielsen
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It's a 'Cat 5' immigration crisis: Nielsen
By Victor Garcia | Fox News


Nielsen: Trump will take every action within his authority to stop flow of illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that the Trump administration is treating the immigration crisis as a “Cat 5 hurricane disaster.”

“We are bringing all of the agencies together; we're asking everybody to chip in,” Nielsen said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Why wouldn't we put the U.S. military along our border if it's really a crisis of that magnitude?” Carlson asked Secretary Nielsen.

TRUMP STANDS BY BORDER CLOSURE THREAT

“I think we're looking into that. We've made the request. I'm in constant contact with the acting secretary of defense. I talked to some of the combatant commanders today. We are in fact pushing more and more military resources to the border,” Nielsen said.

President Trump threatened to close the border this week, prompting outrage from Democrats, and he called on Mexico to help prevent illegal immigration by using its own “strong” immigration laws.

The president also shut down aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

    "We are in fact pushing more and more military resources to the border."
    — Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of homeland security

“We’re going to have a strong border, or we’re going to have a closed border,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Carlson also pressed Nielsen on whether Trump would consider expanding the E-Verify system to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, or sign an order eliminating “birthright” citizenship.

CAL THOMAS: IF NOT AN EMERGENCY, WHAT IS IT?

Nielsen made it clear everything was being considered.

“We have to stop the drugs. We have to stop the smuggling and trafficking gangs. He's very serious about it, so yes, I think everything is on the table,” Nielsen said.

This is happening all around the globe. Global Warming and the wars are moving millions north. This HUMONGOUS problem is only going to get worse. Then there will be no food and water shortages, then disease, then death, by the thousands if we can't figure out pretty quick way to do deal with this wave of humans. Maybe all the countries around the world north of equator could all build walls to keep all the migrants ( what a name ) completely OUT and let them die of starvation!

The ultimate solution will likely be genocide, when push comes to shove, and the niceties of modern life are forgotten.

Unfortunate, when we have the means to control overpopulation. We just lack the will.

We've seen this coming for several years. Nobody on the Diner should be ignorant about this.
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ice-arrests-more-280-texas-business-biggest-workplace-immigration-raid-n990766

ICE arrests more than 280 at Texas business, biggest workplace immigration raid in a decade
Workers' relatives came to the facility as word spread. "It's really sad and it makes a lot of people really angry and frustrated," the daughter of a detained worker said.

As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Inc. (CVE), and four of CVE's staffing companies in Allen, Texas on April 3, 2019.Charles Reed / ICE/HSI

April 3, 2019, 5:40 PM AKDT
By Phil Helsel

Federal immigration authorities arrested more than 280 employees of a Texas company in what officials said was the biggest single workplace raid in a decade.

The homeland security investigations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the employees of CVE Technology Group Inc. in the city of Allen, north of Dallas, were arrested on administrative immigration violations and that they were working in the United States unlawfully.

The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into complaints that the company may have knowingly hired people who are in the U.S. without authorization and that many of those workers were using fraudulent identification documents, the agency said.

CVE Group Inc. is a New Jersey-based company that refurbishes and repairs consumer tech products and has a national receiving center in North Texas, according to the company's website.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.

"Our focus is the criminal investigation," said Katrina W. Berger, a special agent in charge for ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas.

"As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years," she said.

Relatives of workers came to the facility after word of the operation spread, some emotional and wondering about their loved ones, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Anel Perez, the daughter of a worker who was been detained, told the station, "It's not fair. It's really sad and it makes a lot of people really angry and frustrated,"

Berger said she could not discuss many details of that ongoing probe but that "the numbers of the administrative arrests we made today hint at the significant scope of this investigation."
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ICE said that all those arrested would be interviewed "to record any medical, sole-caregiver or other humanitarian situations," and that the federal agency would then determine whether any would be considered for humanitarian release.

But the agency also said in the statement, "In all cases, all illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States."

Berger said that authorities were still vetting information and she did not have the nationalities, ages or any criminal backgrounds of those taken into custody.

ICE said that search warrants were executed at CVE Technology Group Inc. and four of CVE’s staffing companies.

Berger said that federal law requires all employers verify that workers are in the country legally with an I-9 form. ICE said an audit of those forms that began in January "confirmed numerous hiring irregularities."

"In this case with CVE, we received many tips that they were hiring illegal aliens who were using fraudulent documents," she said.

Berger, speaking generally and not about this case, said that immigration laws aim to ensure U.S. citizens and legal residents have a fair chance at getting jobs and that companies compete on the same playing field.

In addition, workers hired illegally can be abused and exploited such as by being paid less or subjected to unsafe working conditions, she said.

Computer recycling is a fly-by-night business that is run by the kind of people who are happy to pollute the environment and hire cheap illegal labor.

One of my kids' BF's worked for such a company here, and they were busted for burying toxic crap in another state on rented property with a backhoe.
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