Trump Says No Deal on DACA, Wants ‘Massive’ Border Security

09/14/2017 New York Times

Border Fence Arizona and MexicoWASHINGTON — Republican U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday any agreement on protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children must be tied to border security and disputed Democratic congressional leaders who said they had reached a deal on the issue.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump wrote in one of a series of posts on Twitter, adding that “the Wall… will continue to be built.”

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Government Waives Reviews for Border Wall in California

09/12/2017 New York Times 

Border fenceSAN DIEGO — The Trump administration on Tuesday waived environmental laws and other reviews to replace a small stretch of border wall in Calexico, California, the second time it has exercised that authority in less than two months.

Critics said the move was an overreach and a threat to the environment.

The waiver extends 3 miles (5 kilometers) west from the downtown border crossing in the city of 40,000 people, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

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JR’s Latest: A Child Caught Between the U.S.-Mexico Border

9/8/2017  New York Times

(New York Times) – In Tecate, Mexico, a little boy with dark hair and curious eyes peers carefully over the barrier wall that borders San Diego County. Rising up almost 70 feet, his hands seemingly grip the barrier tightly, as if he were holding onto his mother’s body.

John Francis Peters for The New York Times

The French artist JR pasted that plaintive image on Wednesday, his first installation in Mexico. The piece, based on his photo of a 1-year-old who lives with his mother and grandparents in Tecate, is fully viewable only from the American side of the divide.

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What we know about nearly 800,000 ‘dreamers’ in the U.S.

09/06/2017 The Washington PostMap_of_Central_America

President Trump’s decision to wind down legal protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children will affect hundreds of thousands of people.

About 788,000 applicants to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been approved for two-year work permits since DACA began in the summer of 2012, according to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Mexican volunteers cross border to aid Texas after Hurricane Harvey

09/05/2017 Reuters

cruz rojaHOUSTON (Reuters) – Mexico has come to the aid of the United States following Hurricane Harvey, sending Red Cross volunteers, food and supplies to a country whose president has proposed building a wall to keep the two neighbors apart.

Mexican volunteers wearing white vests labeled “Cruz Roja Mexicana” are distributing food and lending a sympathetic ear to some of the 1,800 storm refugees at the George R. Brown Convention Center, a temporary shelter.

A caravan of Mexican storm relief was due to be shipped north for victims of a storm that has killed some 60 people and left tens of thousands homeless since first coming ashore Aug. 25.

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Mexico ‘profoundly laments’ U.S. move to end ‘Dreamers’ program

09/05/2017 Reuters

trumpMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The Mexican government said on Tuesday it “profoundly laments” U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out a popular program that shields hundreds of thousands of young unauthorized migrants from deportation.

The United States’ southern neighbor will strengthen efforts to guarantee consular protections for affected Mexican youth, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

A majority of the nearly 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the United States illegally as children and protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are Mexican nationals, or some 625,000, according to Carlos Sada, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister.

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Trump’s expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business

09/01/2017 Reuters

Donald_Trump)WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to rescind an Obama administration policy that protects from deportation nearly 800,000 immigrants who as children entered the country illegally, setting the stage for a fight with U.S. business leaders and lawmakers over tough immigration policy.

A senior administration official told Reuters on Thursday that the plan could be announced as early as Friday and that Trump would let the so-called Dreamers stay until their work permits expire.

Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigration to give more jobs to Americans. But business leaders say the Dreamers make important economic contributions and that ending the program will hit economic growth and tax revenue.

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