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Report: Trump Administration Orders Asylum Officers To Get Tougher With Applicants

A directive from the White House is reportedly ordering asylum screeners to be more skeptical and confrontational with applicants, marking the administration’s latest attempt to weed out fraud. Asylum officers are to more aggressively pursue inconsistencies they see from applicants who claim they are facing persecution in their home countries, according to emails and documents obtained by The Washington Post. ...

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GOP Senators Meet At White House Before Release Of Immigration Plan

A group of Republican senators will meet at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the administration’s soon-to-be rolled out immigration reform plan. Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Martha McSally of Arizona, David Perdue of Georgia, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee are scheduled to hold talks Tuesday afternoon with President Donald ...

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Pompeo: US To Offer Guaido ‘Range Of Options’ To Help Topple Maduro

Mike Pompeo white house press briefing 6-7-18

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear that the U.S. government is prepared to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in a multitude of ways, leaving open the possibility of military intervention. “Oh, make no mistake, we have a full range of options that we’re preparing for,” Pompeo said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” after host Jonathan Karl asked if U.S. ...

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Trump Proposal Aims To Make It Easier To Deport Immigrants Using Public Benefits

A proposal being considered in the White House would make it easier to deport low-income immigrants who are dependent on public benefits. The Department of Justice has written a draft regulation that, if implemented, would greatly expand the number of immigrants in the U.S. who could be subject to deportation for using public benefits, according to a Reuters report. The ...

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Former ICE Director’s Advice On Solving Border Crisis: ‘Forget About Congress’

Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan blasted congressional lawmakers when asked if they would support the White House’s request for more border emergency funds. “Look, I don’t have any faith in Congress. Congress has failed this president from day one,” Homan said Thursday during an appearance on Fox and Friends. “They talk about the president obstructing justice ...

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Report: Border Agents Will Soon Have Authority To Decide Asylum Claims On The Spot

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to give law enforcement officials the authority to conduct interviews with asylum seekers arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the upcoming plan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers would train Border Patrol agents deployed on the southern border on how to perform “credible fear interviews,” according to sources who spoke with the Washington ...

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Trump Asking Congress For Billions More In Border Emergency Funding

The Trump administration on Wednesday requested an additional $4.5 billion in emergency border spending from Congress, a request that will likely face pushback from Democratic lawmakers. “The situation becomes more dire each day. The migration flow and the resulting humanitarian crisis is rapidly overwhelming the ability of the Federal Government to respond,” Russ Vought, the acting White House budget director, ...

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Better Late Than Never: There’s Been A Three-Fold Jump In Democrats Who Believe There’s A Border Crisis

A newly released survey shows a dramatic increase in the percentage of Democrats who believe the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border constitutes a “crisis.” Thirty-five percent of self-identified Democrats said that they believed the situation to be a crisis, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted between April 22 and 25. The number is a more than three-fold rise ...

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Stacey Abrams Makes Decision On Senate Run

Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has reportedly decided against a campaign for the state’s Senate seat in the 2020 election cycle. “Stacey Abrams has decided against running for Senate from Georgia, a Democrat with knowledge tells CNN, and she met with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schemer today to inform him of her plan,” CNN’s Jeff Zeleny tweeted Monday night. ...

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ICE Announces Plan To Stop ‘Fake Families’ And Child Smuggling At The Border

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that it is shifting its resources to deal with the influx of “fake families” arriving on the U.S-Mexico border. “Fake families are being formed to cross our border and avoid detention. ICE [Homeland Security Investigations] is working with [Customs and Border Protection] to stop individuals, networks and organizations facilitating child smuggling and document fraud ...

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Would Giving Felons The Right To Vote Make Them A Political Force?

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Bernie Sanders attracted controversy when he said he’d give the most gruesome felons in the country, including Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the right to vote while in prison.  Many prisons, like the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, house hundreds of prisoners and are located in rural towns across the country.  There are only two states in the ...

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Pentagon Sending Hundreds Of Additional Troops To The Southern Border

The Pentagon announced that it expects to send around 300 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, breaking with the longstanding policy of avoiding troop-migrant contact. A spokesperson for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Charles Summers, said Friday that his boss is expected to green light the proposal shortly. However, the troops will not be allowed to perform any law enforcement role ...

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House Democrats Investigating Stephen Miller Over DHS Firings

Three House Democratic chairmen are investigating the White House’s staff shakeup of the Department of Homeland Security, and they are demanding to know Stephen Miller’s possible involvement. “We are investigating President Trump’s recent unprecedented actions to remove much of the senior leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),” began a joint letter from Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah ...

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Here’s How Jared Kushner Wants to Reform The US Immigration System

Jared Kushner has developed a comprehensive immigration proposal that consists of beefing up border security and shifting U.S. immigration to a more merit-based system. Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has formulated a two-pronged approach to immigration reform, and he hopes to present a legislative form of the plan to Trump within the next few days. The package ...

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