Supreme Court to review Trump’s border wall funding and ‘remain-in-Mexico’ program


Source: The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday said it would take up two challenges to President Trump’s immigration initiatives, his diversion of military funds to pay for construction of the southern border wall, and a policy that has required tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed.

The Trump administration had asked the court to intervene in both because of decisions against it in lower courts.


Ex-Mexican president challenges Trump to debate in Mexico

6/3/16 CBS News

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox would “love to” debate presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, but he wants to determine the location.

Fox would like to see “that it’s done in Mexico,” he told WABC in a radio interview Thursday.

“Because I need him to see what Mexico is all about, to see what we Mexicans are all about,” he added. “He will change his attitude toward Mexico.”

The ex-Mexican president, who has compared Trump to Adolf Hitler and has accused the billionaire of peddling “lies and lies and lies,” also invited him to share a meal.

“I invite him to San Cristobal to a free lunch,” Fox said. “No cost for him.”

Later in the interview, he conceded, “I’m willing to come here, to come here, to the States, if it’s for a debate, direct personal debate with him.”



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Donald Trump’s ‘beautiful’ wall both a dream and nightmare

5/27/16 BBC News

Mexican-American_border_at_NogalesAt the south-western tip of California, straddling the dirty trickle that is the Tijuana river, stands a wall – or rather a series of walls, fences and ditches.

This is the stuff of Donald Trump’s dreams, only his wall would be bigger and better of course, not to mention longer, stronger and vastly more expensive.

Between the fortifications, in what is effectively no-man’s land, a yellow line painted on the concrete marks the end of the mainland United States and the beginning of Mexico.

The border here owes its defences to Operation Gatekeeper, a controversial programme enacted in 1994 under President Bill Clinton which built barriers, added patrols and spruced up technology such as movement sensors.

All these years on, it appears to have worked, up to a point.

“It’s like water,” says border agent Shawn Moran as he drives the route near San Diego which he has patrolled for two decades. “They’re going to take the path of least resistance and right now there’s a lot of resistance out here.”

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Trump reveals how he would force Mexico to pay for border wall

4/5/16 The Washington Post

8566728595_0d6365cce0_mDonald Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall as president by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that immigrants send home to the country, an idea that could decimate the Mexican economy and set up an unprecedented showdown between the United States and a key diplomatic ally.

In a two-page memo to The Washington Post, Trump outlined for the first time how he would seek to force Mexico to pay for his 1,000-mile border fence, which Trump has made a cornerstone of his presidential campaign and which has been repeatedly scoffed at by current and former Mexican leaders.

The proposal would jeopardize a stream of cash that many economists say is vital for Mexico’s struggling economy. But the feasibility of Trump’s plan is unclear both legally and politically, and also would test the bounds of a president’s executive powers in seeking to pressure another country.

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Clinton: ‘I think we have done a really good job securing the border’

3/18/16 CNN 

Hillary Clinton(CNN)Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she feels the United States has “done a really good job securing the border.”

Clinton, while fundraising in Tennessee and Georgia,called into a Phoenix radio show to discuss the state of the Democratic nomination fight and a number of issues that matter in Arizona, the next major state to vote.

“I think we’ve done a really good job securing the border,” Clinton said. “I think that those who say we haven’t are not paying attention to what was done the last 15 years under President Bush and President Obama.”

The comment widely contrasts with what Republicans have long said about the border.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall along the United States’ southern border and has knocked Obama and others for their handling of securing the border with Mexico.

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Borderline Insanity at the Fence in Nogales – Op Ed

border_at_Tijuana Tomas CastelazoBy Lawrence Downes, The New York Times, 12/8/2013

The fence that separates Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Mexico, is a see-through wall of vertical steel rods 15 to 18 feet high, set four inches apart in a deep bed of concrete. It is a rusty ribbon that runs up and down dusty hills and streets, cutting one city into two and jutting into the desert for a few miles east and west.

An impenetrable barricade it is not. A climber with a rope can hop it in less than half a minute. Smugglers with jackhammers tunnel under it. They throw drugs and rocks over it. The fence is breached not just by sunlight and shadows, but also the hooded gaze of drug-cartel lookouts, and by bullets.

As a monument to futility and legislative malpractice, however, it achieves perfection.

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TOMORROW: In the Shadow of the Wall

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TOMORROW, join the Mexico Institute, The University of Arizona and the Latin American Studies – University of Arizona for a public forum with the authors of a new report drawing on data from Wave II of the Migrant Border Crossing Study, a multi-institution and binational project.

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Op-ed: Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

obamaBy Michael Dear, The New York Times, 3/10/2013

Nearly 700 miles of walls now separate the United States and Mexico. Would-be migrants still find ways over, under, through and around them. As a tool for controlling immigration to the United States, the border fortifications have been remarkably ill suited to the task. And yet these barriers are having a significant and lasting effect nonetheless: they are harming communities on both sides of the border.

We should tear them down before the damage becomes irreparable. After Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush instructed the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the construction of fortifications along the Mexican border. The result has been an astonishing array of barriers across America’s southern frontier. The number of Border Patrol agents doubled in seven years to more than 21,000. And interior enforcement was expanded to identify, detain, prosecute and deport undocumented migrants.

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