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Mexico's dispersal of latest caravan simply frees migrants to cross the U.S. border less visibly
Center for Immigration Studies

A CIS visit to the improvised caravan migrant shelter at Piedras Negras, Mexico

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico, February 18, 2019 — Inside the sprawling ceramics factory where the Mexican government has detained the latest migrant caravan, a process is underway virtually guaranteeing that almost everyone here will soon be granted exactly what they came for: an opportunity to breach the U.S. southern border, exploit the American catch-and-release loophole by claiming asylum, and add themselves to the millions already living in the country illegally.

This caravan of some 2,000...

CBP officers seize largest amount of fentanyl in history
Press Release issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, January 31, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility seized nearly $4.6 million in fentanyl and methamphetamine totaling close to 650 pounds on Saturday from a Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales. The seizure is the largest seizure of fentanyl in CBP history. The methamphetamine seizure represents the third largest at an Arizona port. 
 
CBP Officers discovered more than 400 packages of drugs concealed within a special floor compartment of a trailer that was laden with cucumbers,...

The Crisis at the Border; Pres. Trump's address to the nation

There are many media and internet comments and misinterpretations of Pres. Trump’s address to the nation on Tuesday night, Jan. 8.  Read here what he actually said:

President Donald J. Trump’s Address to the Nation on the Crisis at the Border

January 8, 2019 , Oval Office, 9:01 P.M. EST

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-address-nation-crisis-border/

My fellow Americans: Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.

Every day, Customs and...

Trump's veto threat pays off: House approves $5.7B for border wall
Washington Examiner

The House voted Thursday to give President Trump $5.7 billion for a border wall, hours after Trump warned Republicans that he would veto the spending bill if it didn't boost border security.

The bill passed 217-185, and while Democrats were predicting a GOP split would prevent it from passing the House, only eight Republicans voted against it.

But the victory will likely be short-lived, as Democrats in the Senate are expected to reject the bill. That rejection looks increasingly likely to lead to a partial government shutdown after Friday.


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Trump moves to limit asylum; new rules challenged in court
AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan was immediately challenged in court.

Trump invoked the same powers he used last year to impose a travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court...

“We need people in our country, but they have to come in legally,” Trump said Friday as he departed for Paris.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other legal groups swiftly sued in...

Trump Administration Returns To Supreme Court, Seeking End To DACA
The Daily Caller

The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review its decision to rescind the Obama-era DACA program Tuesday night.

The request is unusual, because legal challenges to DACA’s termination are still underway in the lower courts.

The Justice Department said the Court must act now to resolve the dispute this term, but left-leaning civil rights groups called the petition a political student ahead of Tuesday’s election. 

The Trump administration returned to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night seeking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (...

Sanctuary Nation - The Fraying of America
The Social Contract

The Fall, 2018 Social Contract Journal is available online. The issue focuses on Sanctuary Nation - The Fraying of America.

Here are direct links to the articles:

A Note from the Editor - How It Works: The Immigration System Is ‘Broken’ on Purpose, by Wayne Lutton, Ph.D.
  Sanctuary Country - Immigration failures by design, by Michael W. Cutler
  The Trump ‘Travel Ban’ Is Actually an Entry Restriction, byMichael W. Cutler
  Sanctuary California In Decline, by Rick Oltman
  The Refugee Resettlement Program Is Not the Refugee Resettlement...
Congress must return immediately to address migrant caravan
Federation for American Immigration Reform

Congress Must Return to Washington Immediately to Address Migrant Caravan

Press Release from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, October 24, 2018, Washington, D.C.

President Trump must urge lawmakers to return from the campaign trail and address the glaring loopholes in our asylum and immigration laws that are being used to promote an organized assault on our nation’s border. Ignoring the current crisis to focus on reelection would amount to a complete abrogation of their duty to secure our borders and a huge breach of the public trust.

The “caravan...

Trump Administration Aims to Sharply Restrict New Green Cards for Those on Public Aid
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials announced Saturday that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers could be denied green cards under new rules aimed at keeping out people the administration deems a drain on the country.

The move could force millions of poor immigrants who rely on public assistance for food and shelter to make a difficult choice between accepting financial help and seeking a green card to live and work legally in the United States.

Older immigrants, many of whom get low-cost prescription...

Trump to Cap Refugees Allowed Into U.S. at 30,000, a Record Low
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the United States next year at 30,000, his administration announced on Monday...

Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, announced the limit at the State Department, saying it reflected the “daunting operational reality” of addressing what he called a “humanitarian crisis” involving people claiming asylum in the United States.

The number represents the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in 1980...

The move is the latest in a...

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