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Immigration groups blame Trump for manufacturing a border ‘crisis’

“The most pressing immigration issue we confront at the border is one that the president himself has manufactured by unlawfully turning away asylum seekers and cruelly separating parents from their children” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Groups opposed to President Trump’s immigration agenda charged Friday that the president is trying to create the illusion of a border crisis to justify emergency spending on a wall between the United States and Mexico. “Today’s national emergency declaration so soon after Congress reached agreement on border security makes clear that the president is trying to create…

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‘Yes’ on borders, ‘yes’ on walls where appropriate, ‘no’ on emergency powers

“Presidents have for decades stretched the definition of “emergency,” and it would undermine the constitutional order to aggressively stretch emergency powers” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Using emergency powers because Congress won’t act in the way Trump demands would make Trump a one-man legislator.But we reiterate our earlier warning that Trump would be exceeding his proper authority if he tried to use emergency powers to fund wall-building that Congress didn’t fund. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Face it, President Trump: Congress isn’t going to give you money for your wall

“The point behind the proposed cap was to force ICE to focus on deporting serious criminals who are in the country illegally, not longtime residents whose only offense was to violate immigration law” writes The Times Editorial for latimes.com. And like the many other policy issues involving migrants and legal immigrants, it would be best resolved through a comprehensive bill overhauling the country’s current, flawed approach to immigration — not an overdue spending bill that expires in seven months. Source: latimes.com

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Europeans must get rid of the failing EU one way or another: The polite Brexit way, or the rowdy yellow-vest way

“Free trade, immigration, farm subsidies and fishing quotas, antitrust rulings, mandates regarding the rights of women and minorities, and even rules for the marketing of cheese create winners and losers” writes Peter Morici for marketwatch.com. Populism is sweeping Europe, because the European Union and its constituent governments have become as unresponsive as the 18th century aristocracies those replaced.The process created a politically unaccountable bureaucracy, whose broad policy directions are set by consensus among the national heads of government and cabinet ministers. Source: marketwatch.com

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Democratic Sen. Coons: Trump’s border wall is not immoral — it’s a piece of infrastructure

“Coons said the U.S. should invest more in border security and hopes a deal can be reached and the nation “frankly really needs one.”” writes Berkeley Lovelace Jr for cnbc.com. Coons said he and his Democratic colleagues have previously voted for billions of dollars more in border security as part of broader immigration reform.Richard Shelby, the top Republican negotiator on a conference committee trying to keep government running, said Thursday he expects a deal on border security funding by Monday. Source: cnbc.com

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House Democrats are renewing a push to require the country’s 80,000 federal immigration and border employees to wear body cameras while on the job.

“House Democrats are renewing a push to require the country’s 80,000 federal immigration and border employees to wear body cameras while on the job” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act would require body cameras be worn by all law enforcement and the footage from any incidents be made available to the defendant and plaintiff.ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said the agency does not comment on proposed legislation, but did say the agency remains “dedicated to conducting immigration enforcement humanely, respectfully, and with professionalism.”. Body cameras have been…

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Trump’s State of the Union nailed the border wall and immigration in just 4 sentences

“President Trump on Tuesday dedicated a large portion of his State of the Union address to the immigration issue” reports washingtonexaminer.com. It will be deployed in the areas identified by the border agents as having the greatest need, and these agents will tell you: where walls go up, illegal crossings go way, way down. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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ICE force-feeding detainees on hunger strike

“In Tacoma, Washington, where immigration detainees have held high-profile hunger strikes in recent years, courts have ordered force-feeding at least six times, according to court records” writes Caitlin Oprysko for politico.com. Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes during a hunger strike that’s gone on for a month inside a Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned. Source: politico.com

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