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House asks judge to halt Trump border wall funding
By JOSH GERSTEIN 04/23/2019 08:12 PM EDT Updated 04/23/2019 10:08 PM EDT
The House of Representatives has asked a federal judge to block President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall using Defense Department funds.
On Tuesday, House lawyers requested that U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden issue a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s plan to spend about $6 billion from military construction and counter-drug accounts to build additional barriers along the U.S-Mexico border.
More than half of the money for President Donald Trump's border wall the House is seeking to block is linked to an emergency declaration issued in February. | Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images #Trump #Legal #USCIS
Trump’s sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in the US
Move would put migrants in cities that would be welcoming to them, and would be more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders
According to new research from Syracuse University, Trump’s move would put thousands of migrants in cities not only welcoming to them, but more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders.
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Migrants making their way to El Paso Sun Metro buses after being dropped off in downtown El Paso by Immigration and Customs Enforcement late in the afternoon on Christmas day. Photograph: Paul Ratje/Getty Images
BY CEDAR ATTANASIO AND ASTRID GALVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
APRIL 02, 2019 07:42 PM, UPDATED APRIL 02, 2019 07:43 PM
US expands ‘catch and release’ amid surge in migrants
EL PASO, Texas
The surge of migrant families arriving at the southern border has led the Trump administration to dramatically expand a practice President Donald Trump has long mocked as "catch and release."
With immigrant processing and holding centers overwhelmed, the administration is busing people hundreds of miles inland and releasing them at Greyhound stations and churches in cities like Albuquerque, San Antonio and Phoenix because towns close to the border already have more than they can handle.
House Democrats Fall Short of Overturning Trump’s Veto
THE DEMOCRATIC-LED House on Tuesday fell short of overriding President Donald Trump's veto of a disapproval resolution that would block his national emergency declaration at the southern border.
The effort, which attempted to restore legislation passed in the House and Senate nullifying the president’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border, was widely expected to fail.to
President Donald Trump signed the first veto of his presidency in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 15, 2019, in Washington. (EVAN VUCCI/AP-FILE)
Pentagon authorizes up to $1B to start 57 miles of border wall construction
By Edmund DeMarche | Fox News
The Pentagon notified Congress late Monday that it authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to erect 57 miles of "pedestrian fencing" along the U.S.-Mexico border in direct support of President Trump's national emergency declaration from last month.
The fencing, which will be 18 feet high, is to be erected in the Yuma and El Paso sectors, the statement read. The Pentagon's announcement was notable. A reporter from the New York Times tweeted that it is the first time the funds will be transferred under section 284 for the border wall.
Section 284 allows the Pentagon to "construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies," the statement read.
Immigration officials finally release Dreamer flight attendant
Immigration officials have released a Dreamer flight attendant held for six weeks after she flew to Mexico for Mesa Airlines.
The release of 28-year-old Selene Saavedra Roman from an ICE detention center in Conroe, Texas, Friday night came after authorities alleged the Peruvian-born attendant violated a new rule that barred DACA participants from traveling outside the US.
Selene Saavedra Roman AP
Trump immigration policy under scrutiny at four simultaneous congressional hearings
Congressional Democrats waited two years for an opportunity to scrutinize the Trump administration's immigration policies and on Wednesday they're going all in.
Congress is hosting four simultaneous committee hearings — three in the Democrat-controlled House — that will analyze a wide range of actions taken by President Donald Trump to crack down on legal and illegal immigration.
The hearings will feature the first testimony before the new Congress from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and Homeland Security's inspector general.
Democratic leaders have been stepping up their oversight of the Trump administration in recent weeks, issuing their first subpoena last week and requesting documents on Monday from 81 "agencies, entities and individuals" with ties to Trump.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before the Homeland Security Committee hearing on "The Way Forward on Border Security." on March 6, 2019 in Washington D.C. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USAT)
U.S. Plans to Close 23 International Immigration Offices in 2019
The Trump administration has announced that they are planning on closing all U.S. immigration agency’s overseas locations. The announcement was written by USCIS Director Francis Cissna in an email. The plans called for shifting those duties to U.S.-based agency offices and American consulates and embassies abroad. The move is the latest from an administration that has worked to limit legal and illegal immigration since Trump took office in January 2017, including cuts to the U.S. refugee program and heightened vetting of U.S. visa applications.
A branch of the Department of Homeland Security operates all 23 offices overseas. The 23 offices are scattered across Latin America, Europe, and Asia:
International Immigration Offices
Click on your local international field office from the list below to find details about office location, services, and important instructions.
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Vet founder of crowdfunding campaign to build border wall insists construction will begin within months
By Hollie McKay | Fox News
For Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee severely wounded serving in the Iraq War and founder of a crowdfunding campaign to build a border wall, it’s not a matter of if Trump’s much-touted and controversial border wall will be built – it’s when.
“So many people don’t know we are moving ahead with this project. When we start breaking ground soon, it is going to go gangbusters again,” Kolfage told Fox News. “We don’t feel President Trump is going to get what he wants, and we are going to be the only option for people to have border security and border protection.”
Kolfage catapulted into the national limelight late last year after launching a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to aid the White House endeavor. But after falling short of the $1 billion goal, Kolfage came under fire over concerns about the GoFundMe rules and regulations.
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