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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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Study Guide for the US Citizenship Test in English and Spanish
I. Principles of American Democracy / Principios de democracia americana
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
¿Cuál es la legislación nacional suprema?
2. What does the Constitution do?
Sets up the government
Defines the government
Protects basic rights of Americans
¿Qué hace la constitución?
Establece el gobierno
Define un gobierno
Protege derechos fundamentales de americanos
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
We the People
La idea del gobierno autónomo está en las primeras tres palabras de la constitución. ¿Cuáles son estas palabras?
Nosotros la gente
4. What is an amendment?
A change to the Constitution.
An addition to the Constitution.
¿Cuál es una enmienda?
un cambio a la constitución.
una adición a la constitución.
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Federal Government Reportedly Tracked Immigration Activists, Lawyers, and Journalists in Secret Database
By ERIK SHERMAN 9:10 AM EST
The federal government has been secretly tracking immigration activists, lawyers, and journalists covering the topic, KNSD-TV, an NBC station in San Diego, reported on Wednesday evening.
Leaked documents from a Homeland Security source showed that the U.S. created and maintained a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers the government had associated with the migrant caravan that traveled from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border at the end of 2018. Following the event, a number of people who were among the 50 in the database said they seemed to be targeted for higher scrutiny at the border. Most of the people monitored are U.S. citizens.
Early in 2019, two journalists and two immigration rights attorneys who had worked with members of the caravan were denied entry into Mexico, according to the Los Angeles Times. Their passports had been flagged.
No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency Move
Yesterday, US House of Representatives wield their power when they passed legislation to terminate the emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border by president Trump in a bid to build a border wall there.
The House passed the resolution following a vote of 245-182 to set up a vote in the Senate, with a Republican majority.
Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, reveled in the victory but is aware that the tally falls short of what would be needed to override a possible veto from the President, a Republican. The move to stop the president’s declaration was supported by only 13 Republicans.
The main force behind the controversial legislation, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, said “Border crossings are at a 40-year low. There is no emergency at the border, he said.