Congressman: No Border Wall Because Rio Grande ‘Unites’ U.S. and Mexico

July 6, 2015

07/06/15 PJ Media

rio grandeRep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said people who want a wall constructed between the U.S. and Mexico do not understand the “interconnection” between both countries.

“The Rio Grande doesn’t divide but actually unites us. There’s some people that see it a different way. They want to see the Rio Grande as a division. They want to see a wall and it’s just unfortunate they have that perspective. They don’t understand the interconnection we have with Mexico,” said Cuellar at a conference on “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border.”

“An import from China will have about 4 percent of American products in it. If something comes in from the United States, it will have about 40 percent and just during this trade agreement within my own party – I don’t want to say a heated discussion – but I had a lively discussion with one of our ranking persons on that because they started blaming Mexico on this and I said ‘woah,’” he added
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Divided Mexico unites against Trump: ‘He has no respect for human beings’

July 6, 2015

07/06/15 The Guardian

Mexican Flag XXLFrom the country’s wealthiest to those struggling to get by, people raise their voices against the real estate mogul following his comments on immigration.

Arturo Palomino slapped down a domino during a game set up beside his lonely stall at a bus station in the Mexican capital. “If I had Donald Trump in front of me, I would call him a racist imbecile,” the pirated DVD salesman said. “He thinks that because he has money he can say anything he likes.” Nearly three weeks after the business tycoon announced his candidacy to be US president with a speech in which he claimed Mexican immigrants were criminals whose presence was undermining American greatness, the row refuses to die.“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” Trump said during the announcement on 16 June. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.”

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Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Associated Press

prison cell blockSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday.Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the treatment of transgender detainees.

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Cuba, Mexico Talk on Immigration Issues

June 26, 2015

6/24/15 Prensa Latina

cubaMexico and Cuba held here the Tenth Meeting of the Working Group on Immigration and Consular Affairs, a note from the Cuban embassy in this capital reported today here.

During the meeting, the behavior of the migratory flow between the two countries was analyzed, and an assessment of the implementation of the migration agreement between the parties was carried out.

The negotiations to update the memorandum signed in 2008, as of the existing new immigration regulations in both countries, also concluded.

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US: First Step to End Family Immigration Detention

June 25, 2015

6/25/15 Human Rights Watch

Army detentions MichoacanThe United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to scale back its use of family immigration detention could help thousands of children and mothers who are fleeing persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on June 24, 2015, that the Obama administration was committed to “substantial changes” to family immigration detention.

The greatest benefit would be for families who are seeking asylum in the US, Human Rights Watch said. Johnson said that “once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued.”

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2 Years Later, Immigrants Are Still Waiting on Immigration Reform

June 25, 2015

6/24/15 Center for American Progress

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On June 27, 2013, the Senate took a historic and bipartisan step toward an immigration system that works for all. By an overwhelming margin of 68 to 32 votes, the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. That bill took a comprehensive approach to modernizing the U.S. immigration system, providing a tough but fair pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants living in the country, updating the legal visa system for the 21st century, and making the largest and most expensive investments in border security to date. But the House of Representatives refused to consider it—or any other form of immigration reform—and S. 744 died a slow, painful death in the 113th Congress. In the 114th Congress, the only pieces of immigration legislation debated so far have beenenforcement-only bills, a far cry from the holistic solutions offered by S. 744.

So what would the country look like today had S. 744 become the law of the land? Put simply, millions of people would be on their way to permanent legal status and citizenship, thousands of families across the nation would be together, and the U.S. economy would see significant gains.

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Laredo Border Patrol saw busy weekend

June 23, 2015

6/22/15 KGNS TV

CBP_Border_Patrol_agent_reads_the_Miranda_rights_U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector significantly disrupted criminal organization activities over the weekend as they rescued illegal immigrants, detained subject with a criminal sexual crime, and made a significant narcotic seizure.

On June 19, at approximately 11:00PM, Laredo North Station agents assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35, rescued 37 illegal immigrants concealed inside a tractor-trailer. The driver was referred to secondary inspection where the agents discovered the undocumented immigrants in the unventilated cargo area. All of the undocumented immigrants were from Mexico.

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