A 10-year-old with Down syndrome was taken from her immigrant mom under Trump policy, Mexico says

06/19/18 The Washington Post

immigration protestIn one case, a 10-year-old Mexican girl with Down syndrome was taken from her mother after an illegal border crossing and sent to a Texas shelter, Mexican officials say — even though her father, a legal U.S. resident, lived an hour down the highway.

In another, a handful of Mexican children were shipped to holding facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania while their mothers, who had entered the United States with them illegally, were moved to detention facilities near Seattle, officials said.

The Mexican government offered a rare glimpse Tuesday of the migrant families caught up in the Trump administration’s controversial policy to separate parents from their children as part of more aggressive prosecution of immigrants who enter the country illegally. The practice has been met with growing anger and condemnation outside the United States. Foreign governments have warned about long-term psychological damage to the children and vowed to work through their consular networks to swiftly reunite families.

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The Latest: US Homeland Security chief postpones border trip

04/11/2018 ABC News

Border fence by couchlearnerU.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is postponing her trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

She had planned to get a firsthand look Thursday at the work being done to replace existing vehicle barriers with what is being billed as part of President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Nielsen was scheduled to get a briefing on construction near the Santa Teresa border crossing but her office said in a statement that the trip has been postponed.

Instead, she’s expected to remain in Washington, D.C., for meetings.

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Kidnapped siblings, stolen car located at U.S-Mexico border

04/09/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego flickr user slack12
Photo by Flickr user Slack12

A woman stole a car with two children inside in a Lincoln Park shopping center and drove it to the U.S-Mexico border, where authorities arrested the suspected kidnapper Monday.

The car theft occurred about 12:15 p.m. after the children’s father went into a Cricket Wireless store in the shopping center on Euclid Avenue near Imperial Avenue, San Diego police said. The man had left his 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter in his car, with the engine and air conditioner running.

Moments later, a witness saw a woman get into the gold Hyundai sedan and drive away, with the children still inside.

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Oregon governor: I’ll say no if Trump asks me to deploy National Guard troops to Mexico border

04/05/2018 The Hill

kate brown.jpgOregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) said she would reject a request from President Trump to dispatch National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,” Brown tweeted.

“As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.”

She added: “There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.”

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Mexican Senate, candidates slam deployment of US guardsmen

04/05/2018 The Washington Post

senate.jpgMexico’s Senate has passed a resolution calling for the suspension of cooperation on illegal immigration and drug trafficking in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border.

Presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya went further, saying Mexico should limit anti-terrorism cooperation until the National Guard was withdrawn.

Others took Trump’s move with a grain of salt. The newspaper El Heraldo said in a headline Thursday “U.S. deploys National Guard … tin soldiers.”

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‘You Hate America!’: How the ‘Caravan’ Story Exploded on the Right

04/04/2018 The New York Times

trumpIt was the kind of story destined to take a dark turn through the conservative news media and grab President Trump’s attention: A vast horde of migrants was making its way through Mexico toward the United States, and no one was stopping them.

“Mysterious group deploys ‘caravan’ of illegal aliens headed for U.S. border,” warned Frontpage Mag, a site run by David Horowitz, a conservative commentator.

The Gateway Pundit, a website that was most recently in the news for spreading conspiracies about the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., suggested the real reason the migrants were trying to enter the United States was to collect social welfare benefits.

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Trump Will Work With Governors to Deploy National Guard to the Border

04/04/2018 The New York Times

Border patrol agent by Flickr user °Florian
Photo by Flickr user °Florian

President Trump will issue a proclamation on Wednesday directing the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to work with governors to deploy National Guard troops to the southwest border to assist the Border Patrol in combating illegal immigration.

“It’s time to act,” said Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, as she outlined the policy during a White House briefing.

In recent days, and in anticipation of an annual increase in numbers of people who attempt to cross the border, the Trump administration has been ramping up plans to block migrants and asylum seekers, including young unaccompanied children, from entering the United States.

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