Homeland chief warns immigrant caravan: ‘We will enforce the immigration laws’

04/26/2018 The Hill

kirsjenHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday warned that the federal government is prepared to prosecute Central American migrants from a caravan planning to cross the U.S. border this weekend.

Nielsen said in a statement that the Homeland Security Department is monitoring the caravan’s movements, and “is doing everything within our authorities to secure our borders and enforce the law.”

“Let me be clear: we will enforce the immigration laws as set forth by Congress,” she said.

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Remnants of Mexico migrant caravan closer to US border

04/23/2018 ABC News

immigrant mother and boyThe remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants protested in northern Mexico on Monday, even as once again they drew angry tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The mainly Central American migrants are demanding better treatment and many are planning to request asylum, either in the United States or Mexico.

“We are asking the government and migration authorities to respect the right to seek asylum,” said caravan organizer Irineo Mujica. “Those who request asylum shouldn’t be criminalized. It is a right … families shouldn’t be separated or punished.”

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Trump renews threat to tie border crossings to new NAFTA deal

04/23/2018 The Denver Post

trumpPresident Donald Trump renewed a threat Monday to make tighter control of the southern border a condition of the sweeping trade deal that his administration is renegotiating with Mexico and Canada, saying, “our Country cannot accept what is happening.”

“Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S.,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement.”

The president voiced similar concerns earlier this month, claiming that Mexico was doing very little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States and suggesting that he could use NAFTA as leverage on those issues.

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President Trump bashes California Gov. Jerry Brown for limiting National Guard mission at Mexico border

04/17/2018 CNBC

jerrybrown.jpgPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday took aim at California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to limit his state’s National Guard troops’ mission at the border.

“Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border,” the president tweeted. “He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”

Brown said he would not permit soldiers to fully engage in immigration enforcement on the border, which is a big snag in Trump’s plan to bolster military presence at the boundary as he awaits construction of his long-promised wall.

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Towers and cameras, not a wall, keep migrants from crossing the border into Arizona

04/16/2018 Los Angeles Times

US-Mexico_border_fenceIn the high desert east of this border town, the rolling hills topped with mesquite and paloverde trees are a picture of rugged desolation.

But there are flashes of movement: Darting between bushes are five migrants who just crossed into Arizona, not far from a road where they could hop into a car to continue their journey.

Not one U.S. Border Patrol agent is within sight. But the group is about to be spotted anyway, and their entry thwarted.

From a hilltop tower miles away, a camera scans miles of terrain — providing a clear view for an agent sitting in front of a computer monitor in a darkened control room.

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Along Arizona Border, National-Guard Role Prompts Mixed Emotions

04/12/2018 The Wall Street Journal

guardARIVACA, Ariz.—At a migrants-assistance office here, a sign declared “Make militarization of the border a thing of the past,” indicating how some view President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy the National Guard to the nearby Mexican border.

A few miles away, amid the scrub brush that dots the arid landscape around the international boundary, the Guard’s call-up couldn’t come soon enough for some longtime cattlemen.

“I am absolutely elated,” Jim Chilton, a 79-year-old fifth-generation Arizonan and cattle rancher. “It’s what’s needed.”

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California governor, a frequent Trump critic, agrees to limited National Guard role at Mexico border

04/11/2018 The Washington Post

8028178642_f2dacd4af6_b.jpgCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the only border state governor who had not yet committed troops to President Trump’s National Guard deployment, said Wednesday that he will accept federal funding for 400 personnel — though they would be barred from working on wall construction.

National Guard troops fall under the command of state governors, and in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Brown said those from California will support operations against drug traffickers, gun runners and smuggling gangs.

“Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans — Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote.

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