In a surprise decision late Friday, the Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling, 5-4, against President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico. The ruling clears the way for Trump to redirect $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build his long-promised border wall. The ultimate issue is still to be decided by the courts, but Friday’s decision allows the money to be spent now. It follows a scathing report this week, from the Washington Examiner, that despite the central promise of his campaign, Trump had not built a single mile of new border fence since assuming office.
Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working? Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?
First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.
When President Trump declared a national emergency in November in order to secure funding for the border wall, he predicted a fierce legal battle would ensue, and he was right. In November the president ended a 35 day government shutdown in exchange for $1.4 billion for a physical barrier along the southern border, which was far less than he originally wanted.
On Monday representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility after it was discovered that multiple CBP officers were members of a Facebook group where members shared derogatory comments about migrants and Representative Ocasio-Cortez.
It’s no secret that Chicago is proud of their sanctuary city status and their lack of cooperation with the Trump Administration. With the election of Lori Lightfoot as mayor, it became clear that Chicago will continue down the path of presidential defiance and migrant protection.
Lightfoot recently addressed the issue of illegal immigration, saying that the Chicago Police Department would not cooperate with President’s Trump’s planned ICE raids that will target over 2,000 families in 10 cities.
One of the President’s loftier promises during his 2016 campaign was that there was going to be a southern border wall, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. Some laughed off the idea as another crazy Trump outburst, much like when he questioned President Obama’s country of birth. Others believed that the then candidate’s words should not be taken literally, but could be used more as a loose metaphor for Mexico helping to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
If you don’t like what President Trump does, wait about five minutes. What started as a joke is quickly becoming a theme. On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning raids in more than a dozen major cities, targeting up to 2,000 families for deportation. By Saturday, Trump tweeted the raids would be delayed another two weeks, ostensibly so that Congress could “work out a solution.” It’s the third such instance this week— and second on immigration— where Trump has threatened major action, only to pull back at the last minute.
Is California discriminating?
How do you value someone? One way is to give them more than others. How do you say you don’t value someone? You give them less than others, or better yet charge them for the same services you’re giving away to others.
For American citizens the single largest benefit in the Untied States is healthcare. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has supported a bill that, if approved by the Democratic super majority, will soon provide undocumented immigrants access to free Medi-Cal, the State’s low-income healthcare insurance program.
Late Friday evening, President Trump took to his favorite platform to make a major announcement. “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” he tweeted. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.” At first glance, the agreement alluded to seems to have been based on earlier reports of Mexico redoubling its border security. The news was welcomed by all sides Friday night, weary of the damage Trump’s tariffs might have caused.
Border crossings are exploding, with over 144k people crossing in May 2019, up 182% over May 2018. We have seen over 675,000 apprehensions so far this year, up 99% over this time last year.
Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Biggest Border issues are in El Paso, up 2,100%
The El Paso district has seen a 2,100% increase in border crossings compared to 2018. The city has a population of about 840k, and the district has seen over 100k apprehensions. El Paso is just across the border from Ciudad Juarez. With a population of 1.5 million, Ciudad Juarez is the most populated city in the state of Chihuahua. Interestingly, the biggest migration is next to a major Mexican City.
President Trump is set to unilaterally levy an escalating 5% tariff on all Mexican goods next week, and just about everybody is working diligently to stop them. The two countries continued talks Thursday, aimed at satisfying Trump’s demands that Mexico do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America. To that end, Mexico has begun to deploy the National Guard on its southern border with Guatemala. Back in the States, members of the president’s own party have begun to show their own frustrations with Trump’s tariffs. This time, they might be serious.
Pollsters have had a rough go of it over the past four years or so. Several high-profile misses have led to reassessment and caution throughout the industry. But no one has been the least bit bashful about Denmark, headed to the polls on Wednesday. As sure as the sun will rise over the Baltic Sea, the Kingdom will have a new Prime Minister. Actually, it almost happened two days early, as Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the center-right “Blue Bloc,” and centrist Venstre party, was nearly hit by a falling roof tile outside the National Museum on Monday. The real winners, however, are likely to be the populist Danish People’s Party, as mainstream parties race to the right on immigration.
If President Trump wants his free trade deal passed, he has a funny way of showing it. On the same day that Vice President Mike Pence met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, to push the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Parliament, the President tweeted out an entirely new trade policy. The United States would impose a 5% tax on all imports from Mexico, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The unexpected return of Tariff Man sent shockwaves through the continent and financial markets Friday.
Trump has been focusing on three major issues during the last few days: immigration, tariffs, and infrastructure. Of those issues, infrastructure is the one that seems at least a bit refreshing. The last time Trump really made infrastructure a major focus was during his 2016 campaign.
During that campaign Trump compared U.S. infrastructure to that of “a third world country.” His promise to rebuild and reinvest in the country’s infrastructure was something that excited and pleased many Americans.
- Kirstjen Nielsen abruptly resigned Sunday evening as Secretary of Homeland Security, with immediate effect. President Trump thanked Nielsen in a tweet later that night. Kevin McAleenan, head of Customs and Border Patrol, now takes over as Acting Secretary.
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- President Trump on Saturday offered to extend protections from deportation for some undocumented immigrants in the U.S., particularly those fleeing violent Central American countries, in exchange for a requested $5.7 billion to build the southern border wall.
- Before Trump announced the proposal Saturday, Democratic leaders rejected it as inadequate or even “unacceptable” as details emerged in media reports.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised he would bring the plan to a vote in Republican-controlled chamber by the end of the week, forcing members to take a public stand on the new plan. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters at the White House that work on the plan would start in Congress on Tuesday.
- “Our immigration system should be a source of pride … not a source of shame as it is all over the world,” Trump said in his plea. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted, “What we didn’t hear from the President was any sympathy for the federal workers who face so much uncertainty because of the chaos of the #TrumpShutdown.”
- The proposal capped a week of escalating clashes between the president and Mrs. Pelosi, who has refused to consider money for a border wall. After she withdrew her invitation for Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address, the president blocked Mrs. Pelosi and a congressional delegation from traveling on a military plane to visit U.S. troops Afghanistan.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed a section of the southern border with Mexico on Sunday and fired tear gas at a group of migrants that tried to breach a fence separating the two countries. Road and pedestrian bridge access at the San Ysidro port had been closed.
- Mexican officials say members of a Central American migrant caravan who rushed the US border will now face deportation from the country. The Interior Ministry of Mexico said any would-be asylum seekers in the group had hurt their cause by “violently” and “illegally” trying to cross the border.
- Border officials reopened the port of entry north of Tijuana and south of San Diego by 6 p.m. local time Sunday. Thousands of Central American migrants are waiting in Tijuana and surrounding areas to apply for asylum in the U.S.
- Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted Sunday that the use of tear gas against Central American migrants who attempted to enter the U.S. illegally may have been a violation of international agreements governing the use of chemical weapons — before he backtracked.
- A 26-year-old Guatemalan woman fell and landed on pieces of rebar that pierced her body after she attempted to scale a fence at the US–Mexico border near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Her young children were not injured.
- Trump’s name isn’t on the ballot, but the combination of strategy and events has all but knocked the actual candidates from both national and local political conversations. The big decision for most voters next week: Whether they want to enhance the president’s power — or check it.
- Trump is keeping the focus on the migrant caravan heading to the southern border. He’s authorized over 5,000 troops to deploy and says the U.S. would build “tent cities” for asylum seekers.
- Candidates and other groups have spent $4.7 billion so far this election, already surpassing the $4.1 billion spent on congressional races in 2016. Recent polling suggests Senator Bob Menendez may hold on in New Jersey. Polls also indicate good news for Democrats in California and Republicans in Texas and Florida.
- Five key races to watch include senate races in Arizona, North Dakota and Texas, as well as the gubernatorial race in Georgia and House District 6 in Kentucky.
- POST ELECTION: There is some historical evidence the stock market will improve. Also, President Trump is expected to make staffing changes, including replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
It is not wise to give away power to people who don’t believe in the benefits of highly skilled immigrants or pretend that they don’t believe in skilled immigration for their self-interest. They know who they are, and we know who they are. We are small, medium or large companies, successful or still not so successful; we will all suffer the effects of changes and destruction of the immigration system. We are facing the greatest crisis of all times. This is setting the stage for a new outbreak. The political makeup could well determine the future of this. But we will not just be an audience for this.
ITServe it as a group makes our backs stronger. Now to protect our interests, we must be even more forceful, even stronger and not compromise. Our goal is to pull our strength together and go forward. An action item is the second lawsuit filed by IT Serve Alliance challenging USCIS authority to limit visa duration. This news gained a lot of traction and became the most trending news on major media outlets in a short duration.
- President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the military to close the US-Mexican border against an “onslaught” of migrants, stepping up his anti-immigrant rhetoric ahead of congressional elections.
- The Mexican ambassador to the United States said U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed on a plan to handle the approaching migrant caravan. He also said that they had reason to believe that the migrant caravan from Honduras heading towards the U.S. border was not the result of a grassroots effort, but was “politically motivated.”
- Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly got into an angry and profane shouting match with National Security Advisor John Bolton just steps from the Oval Office, according to reports.
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently told the Harvard Kennedy School that if Democrats take back the House in the 2018 midterm elections, they will trade “nothing” in exchange for a border wall.
- A Democratic strategist says: “Where immigration was never a motivating issue for Democrats the way it’s been for Republicans, that’s starting to shift. One of the great ironies of Trump’s attacks on immigrants and people of color is that the public increasingly sees immigration as a good thing.”
- The Washington Post claims the The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into the United States.