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Mexican President Rejects Prospect Of US Military Intervention Against Drug Cartels

While President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government is open to “cooperation” with the U.S., he roundly rejected the idea of U.S. military intervention to fight drug cartels. “Co-operation, yes; intervention, no,” López Obrador said Wednesday during a press conference. The left-wing president refused to address questions about the possibility of the U.S. designating drug cartels as terrorists, telling reporters ...

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Trump To Designate Mexican Drug Cartels As Terrorist Groups

President Donald Trump revealed that he plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, a move that will give the U.S. government a range of new authorities to crack down on their activity. In a newly released interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump told the former Fox News host that he is working to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist ...

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President Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Border Wall Construction: Report

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The president reportedly tapped his son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead the administration’s effort to complete hundreds of miles of border wall before the end of 2020. President Donald Trump, frustrated over a lack of progress, tapped Kushner, a White House senior adviser, to expedite work on the U.S.-Mexico border wall ahead of the 2020 election, The Washington Post reported Monday, ...

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Joe Biden’s Top Latina Adviser Quits Over His Immigration Rhetoric

Vanessa Cárdenas, a senior Latina adviser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, has quit over his apparent lack of empathy when speaking publicly about immigration issues. Unlike more progressive candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden has maintained a moderate stance on immigration, refusing to end all deportations or decriminalize illegal immigration.  Many immigration activists have criticized Biden for the ...

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First Migrant Deported To Guatemala Under New Asylum Program Decides To Return Home

Illegal aliens with children

The first migrant to be deported under the Trump administration’s new asylum program with Guatemala has opted to go back to his home county instead, an indication of how other asylum seekers will likely respond to the new policy. Despite claiming to be fearful of returning to his home country of Honduras, Erwin José Ardón Montoya — when given the ...

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DHS Deputy Says ‘About 60,000’ Migrants Have Been Sent Back Under Remain In Mexico Program

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, lauded the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico program, which has sent tens of thousands of asylum seekers back across the southern border. Cuccinelli appeared on Fox & Friends on Sunday to discuss the White House’s efforts to manage the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, including its ...

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‘Of Course’: Warren Says She Willing To Spend Taxpayer Money To Take Down Parts Of Border Wall

During Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she is willing to spend taxpayer money to remove parts of the southern border wall built under the Trump administration. Warren — who once called President Donald Trump’s border wall a “monument of hate and division” — was asked by a debate moderator if she would ask taxpayers to ...

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Trump Admin To Begin Enforcing Asylum Agreements With Central American Governments

The Trump administration introduced an “interim final rule” pertaining to the asylum cooperation agreements it’s reached with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.  The new rule, which will go into effect on Tuesday, will allow the U.S. government to begin sending a large number asylum seekers back to Central America.  Under the deals, the three governments must accept U.S.-bound migrants who ...

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Nearly 80,000 Illegal Aliens Had an Arrest Record Before Winning DACA Approval, Government Data Show

Tens of thousands of people who successfully enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program carried prior arrest records, according newly released data by the Trump administration. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency under the Department of Homeland Security that is tasked with managing the country’s legal immigration system — released a report on Saturday detailing ...

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Opponents Of Immigration Enforcement Suffer Another Loss At The Ballot Box

Former Republican congressman Mike Coffman won election as Aurora, Colorado’s next mayor, handing a defeat to a host of anti-immigration activists who campaigned against him.  Coffman supports the continuation of the Aurora Detention Facility, which is a privately run immigration detention center that maintains a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Several progressive groups that oppose the detention center openly ...

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Trump Admin To Seize Private Land For Border Wall Construction: Report

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to submit court filings to take over private land on the U.S.-Mexico border, allowing border wall construction to move forward. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met with administration and military officials on Friday, and discussed government takeover of private land along the Texas border, according to a report by NBC. Lt. Gen. Todd ...

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Border Numbers Continue To Show The Immigration Crisis Is Waning

Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, spoke at the White House on Thursday to discuss the latest month’s border apprehension numbers.  October saw roughly 42,000 apprehensions, a drop from the previous month and the lowest number in the calendar year, demonstrating that the immigration crisis is continuing to wane.  For the first time in 18 months, ...

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Ken Cuccinelli Elevated To Second-Highest Position Atop Homeland Security

Ken Cuccinelli was promoted to the second-highest leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security, establishing the immigration hardliner as a key player within the Trump administration. Cuccinelli, the former acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, was named the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, according to a staff email obtained by the Daily ...

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Senate Paves The Way For Chad Wolf To Become Next DHS Chief

Lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress took a major step that paves the way for Chad Wolf to become the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Chad Wolf as the undersecretary of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans by a vote of 54-41. The move allowed the Trump administration ...

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