El Centro Border Patrol gets new chief

04/09/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

gloriaEl Centro’s new Border Patrol Chief has experience working on both the border with Mexico and the border with Canada.

She’s also the only woman currently serving as a sector chief for Border Patrol, according to personnel listed on the agency’s website.

Gloria Chavez, who began as the new chief at the beginning of April, started her career in the agency in 1995 at the Imperial Beach station, part of the San Diego Sector. She made her way up the ranks, first in San Diego and then in Washington, D.C..

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Guard units at the border won’t be armed, administration tells Mexico

04/05/2018 Los Angeles Times

guardHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has told Mexican authorities that National Guard troops deployed on the border would not be armed or participate in immigration or customs duties, according to the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

Nielsen’s plan, though still vague, would use state Guard units in support roles, in accordance with U.S. law, resembling the two recent deployments from Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.

Mexico said it has emphasized to the Trump administration that if the deployment comes to resemble a militarization of the border, “it will gravely damage the bilateral relationship.”

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Inside an Immigrant Caravan: Women and Children, Fleeing Violence

04/04/2018 The New York Times

mexican immigrantWith a sarcastic half-smile, Nikolle Contreras, 27, surveyed her fellow members of the Central American caravan, which President Trump has called dangerous and has used as a justification to send troops to the border.

More than 1,000 people, mostly women and children, waited patiently on Wednesday in the shade of trees and makeshift shelters in a rundown sports complex in this Mexican town, about 600 miles south of the border. They were tired, having slept and eaten poorly for more than a week. All were facing an uncertain future.

“Imagine that!” said Ms. Contreras, a Honduran factory worker hoping to apply for asylum in the United States. “So many problems he has to solve and he gets involved with this caravan!”

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The caravan of migrants that’s alarmed President Trump stalls at a soccer field

04/03/2018 The Washington Post

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyAfter days of walking from Mexico’s southern border, the caravan of hundreds of migrants that has drawn President Trump’s Twitter ire has now halted on a brown-grass soccer field, its participants unsure and anxious about the way forward.

The men and women, most from Central America, were squatting Tuesday in a walled public park while government officials decided their fate.

“We are scared, just like you,” Irineo Mujica, the head coordinator of the migrant caravan, told the assembled group through a megaphone Tuesday morning. “Now President Donald Trump has said that he wants to hit us with nuclear bombs.”

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NY leads multistate lawsuit against Trump administration over census citizenship question

04/03/2018 The Hill

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading a multistate lawsuit to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.

The 54-page complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was brought by 16 other states, Washington, D.C., six cities and the bipartisan United States Conference of Mayors.

In announcing the lawsuit Tuesday in New York City, Schneiderman called the citizenship question dangerous and damaging.

“This is a blatant effort to undermine the Census and prevent the Census Bureau from carrying out its clear constitutional mandate,” he said.

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Caravan through Mexico is one of the largest in 10-year trek history

04/03/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

childrenThe Central American caravan headed north toward the United States through Mexico may have attracted the attention of President Donald Trump and others for good reason — it’s one of the largest since the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras began staging its annual pilgrimage through Mexico a decade ago.

The president is accusing the Mexican government of doing far too little to stem the flow of people coming through the country’s southern border on their way to the U.S. as they flee violence and poverty back home.

Starting Easter morning and continuing through Monday, the U.S. president fired off a series of angry tweets that criticized Mexico for allowing caravans to cross their country and demanded tougher U.S.immigration laws. He declared “DACA is dead,” referring to negotiations to allow young unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain in the country.

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Trump tweets and Mexico’s presidential hopefuls fire back

04/03/2018 The Washington Post

trumpmexico_083116getty_0The targets of President Trump’s tweeted wrath are legion. They include online retail giant Amazon, the Democratic Party, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the mainstream media and undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers.” But even among them, Mexico holds a special place of honor.

Trump, of course, launched his presidential campaign with an infamous slur against Mexicans and a promise to fortify the border using Mexican money. There have been endless complaints about Mexican trade, attacks on a “Mexican” judge (a native-born American, in fact) and any number of other broadsides.

So it’s hardly a surprise that on Sunday and Monday mornings — possibly provoked by Fox News coverage as well as ultranationalist White House aide Stephen Miller — Trump again focused his rage on the nation to the south. What followed was a blizzard of misinformation.

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