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Mexico Selling Presidential Plane To Help Fund Trump’s Immigration Deal

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador revealed that proceeds from the sale of his administration’s former aircraft will help fund efforts to reduce illegal immigration under the deal struck with the White House. “About how much this plan is going to cost, let me say, we have the budget,” Lopez Obrador said Wednesday at a news conference. “It would come ...

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Trump Warns Of ‘Phase Two’ If Mexico Deal Doesn’t Adequately Stop Immigration Crisis

President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned of implementing a “phase two” if the immigration deal with Mexico does not yield satisfactory results. “Now, Mexico is moving 6,000 troops to their southern border. That’s a lot of troops.  That’s a lot more — we never even heard of a number like that,” Trump said at the White House alongside Poland President Andrzej ...

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Obama White House Deleted Online Speeches About The Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Entered Office

The Obama administration deleted hundreds of speeches and statements on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website just hours before President Donald Trump officially entered office. A collection of 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website was deleted on January 18 and on the late evening of January 19, 2017, according to research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that ...

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Trump Officially Taps Ken Cuccinelli To Lead Citizenship And Immigration Services

Former GOP Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli officially began leading the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Monday, making him a key player in the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at this critical time and serve alongside this agency’s dedicated workforce,” Cuccinelli said in a ...

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‘First Time We’ve Heard Anything Like This’: DHS Chief Applauds Immigration Deal With Mexico

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the White House’s immigration deal includes an array of fresh concessions from Mexico, pushing back against questions over whether the president actually pushed Mexico to agree to new terms. “All of it is new,” McAleenan said on “Fox News Sunday” about the president’s deal to bolster enforcement of illegal immigration. “We’ve heard commitments before ...

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Report: Mexico Is Offering Major Concessions To Avoid Trump Tariffs

The Mexican government is reportedly offering a slate of immigration-related concessions to appease the Trump administration as it seeks to prevent the imposition of tariffs on their U.S. exports. Mexican negotiators are offering to deploy thousands of National Guard troops to its border with Guatemala and enact sweeping changes to its asylum laws, moves that are expected to prevent a ...

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Mexico Steps Up Illegal Immigration Enforcement After Trump’s Tariff Threat

The Mexican government is showing signs of increased illegal immigration enforcement and cooperation with their U.S. counterparts following President Donald Trump’s tariff threats. Around 200 Mexican law enforcement officials blocked a U.S.-bound caravan on Wednesday. The caravan, made up of about 1,000 Central American migrants, was heading north on a highway near the town of Metapa. Mexican police and immigration ...

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Border Apprehensions Of Illegal Migrants Top 130,000 In May

Customs and Border Protection released official apprehension numbers made by Border Patrol in May, revealing that the illegal immigration crisis is continuing to escalate. Border Patrol agents detained a total of 132,887 illegal migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border during the month of May, according to newly released data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Border agents also turned away 11,391 ...

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GOP Divided On Trump’s Mexico Tariff Threat

Republicans in the House and Senate appear divided in their reaction to President Donald Trump’s threats to slap Mexico with incremental tariffs. “There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that’s for sure,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel said Tuesday after a closed-door lunch between administration staffers and GOP senators, where White House deputy counsel Pat Philbin and ...

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ICE Acting Director Says Family Deportations Are On The Table

Illegal aliens with children

Acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Mark Morgan said his agency is not ruling out the possibility of arresting and deporting migrant families that have been ordered to leave the U.S. “The mindset is no one is exempted. You’re either in violation of the law or not, and we take it from there,” Morgan told reporters Tuesday at ...

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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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