Trump admin taking quiet steps on seizing border land, report says

11/13/2017 CNN

Although approval for a new border wall has yet to come, the Trump administration has taken subtle steps to be able to seize land to build one, including by restarting litigation that has laid dormant for years against landowners, according to a new report from Senate Democrats.

Roughly two-thirds of the US-Mexico border runs through private or state-owned lands, meaning the federal government would need to purchase, seize or seek permission to use land in order to build a border wall. Based on efforts a decade ago to build border fencing, that process is likely to cost the government millions and could take years of complex litigation.

And it appears the administration is gearing up for it.

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GOP leaders say immigration bill coming in 2018

11/03/2017 The Hill

GOP leaders say immigration bill coming in 2018
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Senate Republicans are looking to move an immigration bill to the floor early next year, despite a push by Democrats to pass legislation before the end of 2017 that would protect nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Republicans say there’s not enough time to pass a fix for those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before year’s end, noting that the 2017 calendar is already packed with work on tax reform and President Trump’s nominees.

“I think it’s more likely than not to be part of a January-February timeframe,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who discussed the issue at a meeting with Trump on Thursday.

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Trump Rejects Adding DACA Provision to Spending Measure

11/02/2017 Bloomberg

Flick User: 401(K) 2012 Spending MoneyPresident Donald Trump on Thursday complicated negotiations over end-of-year spending legislation by rejecting the possibility of shielding certain immigrants from deportation — setting up a likely clash with Democrats that could lead to a government shutdown.

Trump told a group of Republican lawmakers who met with him at the White House that he opposes any effort to include in the legislation deportation protections for 800,000 people, known as Dreamers, who entered the U.S. illegally as children, according to several who attended the meeting. Democratic leaders in both chambers have called for protections for Dreamers by the end of the year, and the spending bill is the most likely place to settle an otherwise complicated debate.

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Mexico’s earthquakes complicate life for Central American migrants fleeing violence

10/30/2017 PRI

On a sultry summer morning, Central American migrants huddled together in the courtyard of the Hermanos en el Camino migrant shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, discussing the complexities of checkers.

Joel Álvarez, 27, moved one of the plastic bottle caps that served as checkers pieces over a piece of plywood lacquered with blue and red squares, painted with nail polish. When Álvarez successfully got a piece into his opponent’s side of the board he flipped the bottle cap over, crowning it king. He calls checkers an “obligatory pastime.”

The checkers games at this migrant shelter are a fun distraction from long, boring days where the temperature often climbs up to 100 degrees. Most migrants standing here fled violent gangs in Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala. Álvarez had two older brothers who were recruited to work for rival gangs. They urged their younger brother not to take the same path; both were dead by age 24.

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Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.

10/19/2017 Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” to continue working in the United States, the documents said.

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Border gunbattles leave 11 dead in northern Mexico

10/17/2017 The Washington Post

A running series of gunbattles caused at least 11 deaths in the northern Mexico border state of Tamauilpas, authorities said Monday.

Officials said the shootouts in the border city of Reynosa and the nearby town of Rio Bravo started late Sunday. Gunmen hijacked vehicles and used them to block streets, and spread bent nails to puncture tires to facilitate their getaways. Authorities called in a helicopter to support ground patrols moving to break up the roadblocks.

One group of four gunmen was killed near a gas station after they opened fire on a military patrol, officials said. Three other bodies were discovered at other points around Rio Bravo.

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Mexico Tech Industry Benefits From U.S. Anti-Immigration Stance

10/17/2017 Reuters

Amazon, Facebook and other U.S. tech companies are expanding operations south of the border as Mexico works to capitalize on the Trump administration’s anti-immigration stance.

Since the beginning of the year, Amazon.com Inc has opened a new engineering office in Mexico City, while Facebook Inc has partnered with local groups to develop technical talent in the region.

Oracle Corp plans to expand its offices in the Pacific coast state of Jalisco, local officials said, possibly bringing hundreds of jobs.

In Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, a new group devoted to recruiting startups expects to have 10 new companies in the region by year-end, with another 60 in the pipeline. And the landlord of choice for many startups, the shared-office juggernaut WeWork, said it has opened five locations and now serves 6,000 workers after debuting in Mexico City last September.

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