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GOP Reportedly Considers Defying Trump On Mexico Tariffs

Republicans uncomfortable with the idea of a tariff war are reportedly mulling whether to vote against the president’s proposed tariff hikes against Mexico. A number of congressional Republicans could join their Democratic counterparts in a vote to block President Donald Trump if he moves forward with threats to slap tariffs on all Mexican goods, according to a report from the ...

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Former ICE Chief On Trump’s Tariff Threat: ‘I Agree With The President 100%’

The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) voiced unwavering support for President Donald Trump’s plan to tariff all Mexican goods if they don’t better enforce illegal immigration. “I agree with the president 100% and I agree with the tariffs,” Tom Homan, who served as acting ICE director from January 2017 to June 2018, said Tuesday while appearing on Fox ...

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Immigration Talks Already Underway As Mexico Rushes To Stave Off Tariff Threat

Top Mexican government officials are in the United States as they attempt to dissuade the Trump administration from following though on tariff threats. A high-level delegation of Mexican officials, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Economy Minister Graciela Marquez, held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Speaking from the Mexican embassy, the two leaders publicly called on the U.S. ...

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Surge Of Bangladeshi Migrants With Bogus Passports Causing US To Rely On Dental Exams

An influx of Bangladeshi and other illegal migrants carrying fake identification is causing U.S. officials to rely on dental examinations to figure out their age, but such a method has proven frequently unreliable. As Border Patrol continues to manage the flood of Central Americans appearing at the U.S. southern border, agents are now dealing with a sharp rise of another ...

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White House Deploying DHS Agents To Guatemala-Mexico Border: Officials

The Trump administration is sending Homeland Security agents and other law enforcement officers to the Guatemala-Mexico border, part of the White House’s ongoing efforts to reduce illegal immigration to the United States, officials familiar with the plan said. Dozens of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents and investigators will work alongside Guatemalan law enforcement to fight drug trafficking and better ...

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Not Many Companies Actually Get Busted For Hiring Illegal Immigrants, Study Finds

A study by Syracuse University finds few people have been prosecuted for hiring illegal aliens in the past 12 months.  Only 11 individuals have been prosecuted for knowingly hiring illegal aliens in the past year, despite nearly 86,000 people getting prosecuted for illegal entry into the country during the same time period.  Immigration hawks argue that nationwide implementation of E-Verify, ...

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Trump Considering More Restrictions Against Asylum Seekers

President Donald Trump is considering a new rule that, if implemented, would reject the majority of migrants who request asylum in the United States. Under the draft proposal, asylum seekers would be denied if they resided in another country other than their own before reaching the U.S. The rule, first reported by Politico and confirmed by The Daily Caller News ...

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Civil Rights Groups Say This New Evidence Will Sink The Census Citizenship Question

New evidence allegedly shows that the Trump administration wants to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census to give a political advantage to Republicans, a civil rights group claims. Newly recovered documents purportedly prove that a Republican redistricting consultant called Dr. Thomas Hofeller advised Trump transition officials on the political upshot to a citizenship question on the census form, ...

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Biggest Group Of Illegal Immigrants To Ever Cross Border Apprehended: Officials

The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended the largest single group of illegal immigrants in history, more than doubling the previous record. Border Patrol agents nabbed 1,036 migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas early Wednesday morning, according to a report by NBC News. The number marks the biggest group ever apprehended by law enforcement, with the previous record ...

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Trump Cracks Down On People That Help Immigrants Illegally Enter The US

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Arrests of people caught providing shelter or helping illegal immigrants have sharply increased since the beginning of the Trump administration. There were 4,532 people federally charged with harboring and bringing in immigrants in fiscal year 2018, according to a study by Syracuse University and reported by NPR. The numbers were an uptick from the 3,902 charged the previous year, and ...

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Colorado Governor Signs ‘Sanctuary’ Bill Into Law

Legislation signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis makes it much more difficult for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to apprehend suspected illegal immigrants. House Bill 1124 was signed into law by Polis on Tuesday. The new law bars local law enforcement from arresting or detaining a suspected illegal alien solely on the basis of an ICE request. The ...

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DHS Inks Deal With Guatemala To Combat Immigration Crisis

U.S. and Guatemalan officials signed an agreement that aims to stem the flow of illegal migrants leaving the Central American country en masse. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Tuesday alongside his counterparts in the Guatemalan government. The MOC calls on Guatemala to better enforce its borders, reducing the number U.S.-bound immigrants who ...

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Border Patrol Creating A New Position To Stymie The Immigration Crisis

The U.S. Border Patrol announced that it’s creating a new position specifically tailored to processing and caring for migrants that reach the southern border, allowing agents to refocus their work on enforcement. The “Border Patrol Processing Coordinator” will assume certain responsibilities that have consumed the agency’s time as it deals with a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, according ...

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Construction On The First-Ever Private Border Wall Begins

We Build The Wall, a privately-funded campaign that aims to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, broke ground over Memorial Day weekend.  The new wall is an 18-foot bollard barrier that stretches about a mile long near the Texas-New Mexico border. The project costs about $6 million to $8 million.  It is the first-ever privately funded wall built ...

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