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Honduran President Says He Will Begin Deporting US-Bound Cuban Migrants

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced that his government will sign a deal with Cuba, which will lead to the deportation of U.S.-bound Cuban migrants who arrive illegally in his country.  The announcement follows in a string of asylum deals reached by the US and other Central American governments, including El Salvador and Guatemala.  The Trump administration is making a ...

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Border Patrol Agents Begin Screening Migrants Who Claim Asylum

In an effort to help manage the immigration crisis, U.S. Border Patrol agents have begun conducting “credible fear” interviews alongside trained asylum officials. Backlogged by the sheer amount of asylum applications being filed at the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees began training Border Patrol agents to help conduct interviews of asylum applicants — a new initiative ...

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Trump Administration Signs Asylum Deal With El Salvador

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan signed an “asylum cooperation agreement” alongside El Salvador’s minister of foreign affairs, Alexandra Hill Tinoco.  The agreement aims for El Salvador to keep U.S.-bound migrants who pass through its country, helping stop the massive flow of illegal migrants from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. Hill Tinoco stressed the new Salvadoran government is pro-American, and is ...

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Report: Trump Admin Considers Diverting Additional Military Funding For 500 Miles Of Border Wall

The Trump administration is reportedly considering another plan to divert billions in dollars in military funding to pay for more border wall construction. The White House is once again looking to divert $3.6 billion in military funds to pay for more wall construction on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to senior administration officials who spoke to the Washington Post. The discussion ...

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Immigration Chief Wants To Reveal Info Of Refugees Charged With Crimes

A top immigration official wants the authority to disclose personal information about refugees and asylees who are under criminal prosecution for certain crimes. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, recently sent a request to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, asking for the authority to publicize personal information about criminal asylees and ...

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More Than 550 Acres Of Federal Land To Be Used For Trump’s Border Wall

The Department of the Interior is temporarily surrendering roughly 560 acres of land that sits on the U.S.-Mexico border in order for the government to build more border wall. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced Wednesday that his department will transfer jurisdiction of approximately 560 acres of land to the Army for three years. The Army will build about 70 miles ...

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Chinese Woman Pleads Guilty To Running Multi-Million ‘Birth Tourism’ Scheme In US

A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to running a “birth tourism” business, which involved helping hundreds of pregnant clients enter the United States and give birth so their children would receive U.S. citizenship. Dongyuan Li pleaded guilty to two federal criminal charges — one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud — for her ...

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Backlog Of Immigration Court Cases Surpasses 1 Million Cases, Analysis Shows

The backlog of active cases within the U.S. immigration court system surpassed 1 million, revealing the government’s lack of available resources to deal with the immigration crisis, according to a records clearinghouse. The court’s active backlog at the end of August 2019 was 1,007,155, according to case-by-case court records the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), an immigration research group by Syracuse ...

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ICE Slaps Detainer Request On Salvadoran Migrant Accused Of Rape In Montgomery County

ICE has placed a detainer on Josue Gomez-Gonzalez, a Honduran national, after he was charged with raping an intoxicated woman in his home.  The arrest follows a string of rapes by illegal aliens in Montgomery County, Maryland, igniting national criticism over the county’s recently-signed “sanctuary” law that prohibits cooperation with ICE.  ICE and immigration experts have publicly blasted Montgomery County ...

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Costs Prevent Pentagon From Moving Forward On Three Border Projects

The Pentagon is putting the brakes on three different border construction projects in Arizona and California due to costs constraints. The Department of Defense will not be able to cover the costs for a plan to build roughly 20 miles of fencing and other infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a Monday court filing Politico flagged. The Pentagon first green-lighted ...

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Bernie Sanders Calls For Complete Ban On Deportations

While speaking before a left-wing Latino audience, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to end immigration raids and impose a “moratorium” on all deportations. “We are going to end the ICE raids that are terrorizing communities all across this country,” Sanders said Saturday in Las Vegas, according to footage flagged by the Republican National Committee. “We are going to impose ...

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Immigration Chief Says Rollout Of New Asylum Rule Will Be ‘Measured In Days, Not Weeks’

USCIS acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said that the Supreme Court victory regarding asylum applicants will result in significant changes to the immigration process in short time. Cuccinelli, chief of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, spoke to “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan on Sunday, and touched on what the recent Supreme Court ruling will mean for the illegal ...

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Eric Holder Warns Democrats: ‘Borders Mean Something’

Former Attorney General Eric Holder defended his old boss and expressed caution when discussing Democratic presidential candidates’ growing embrace of more lax immigration laws. While speaking on CNN’s “The Axe Files” program, Holder defended the Obama administration’s deportation record and warned Democrats against border decriminalization, a proposal that is becoming mainstream among the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates. WATCH: ...

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El Salvador Deploys Hundreds of Police and Soldiers to Its Border as Immigration Crisis Lingers

The Salvadoran government is deploying hundreds of police, soldiers, and agents across its border, fulfilling a long-sought request by the Trump administration to better police its boundaries. El Salvador’s Justice and Public Safety Minister Rogelio Rivas announced Thursday that 800 police and soldiers, and another 300 immigration agents, will be stationed on its border with Guatemala, according to the Associated ...

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Michelle Malkin Prepares Protest Rally Against ‘Sanctuary’ Montgomery County

Michelle Malkin and other activists are set to meet at the steps of the Montgomery County Office Building on Friday to demand elected leaders drop its “sanctuary” executive order.  The “Promoting Community Trust Executive Order” prohibits local authorities from working with ICE agents, and largely protects those living in the county illegally from deportation.  The executive order has drawn national ...

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