(Portland, OR-AP) – A federal judge is blocking a Trump administration policy that denies visas to immigrants without health insurance. The decision is based on claims by immigrant activists that the policy would separate immigrant families.
The White House says the policy is aimed at protecting American taxpayers from having to foot the bill for immigrants’ health care.
(Washington, DC-AP) – The Senate is again trying to block President Trump taking military construction money to use to build a border wall.
Eleven Republicans voted with Democrats to override a national emergency declaration Trump made to seize the funds. That is not enough to overcome a presidential veto. Congress has up to six months to block the declaration that was declared in March.
(Jackson, MS-AP) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement is detaining 680 undocumented immigrants working illegally in Mississippi. Speaking today in Jackson, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst says ICE conducted raids at several food processing facilities across the state.
Hurst says the raids were planned a month ago and search warrants were executed at seven locations in six cities, setting a record for the number of ICE raids in a single state. Companies targeted include Peco foods and poultry producer Koch Foods.
Approximately three bus-loads of employees were taken to a military base for processing.
(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.
Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.
Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The Trump Administration is proposing a new restriction to crack down on migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S.
The restriction would deny anyone who crosses the southern border from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they came through another country and did not seek asylum in that country. Meaning that a migrant from Honduras who did not seek asylum in Guatemala or Mexico would not be eligible for asylum in the United States.
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the rule will help reduce a major “pull factor” and lead to fewer individuals “transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey.” Attorney General William Barr called the rule a “lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum.”
(Wilmington, DE-AP) — The White House is being accused of using “cruelty to children” as a tool of immigration policy. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Delaware Senator Chris Coons said the Trump administration has intentionally used children to affect policy changes.
He cites reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at detention facilities as examples of cruelty to children. Coons says there’s ways in which the administration has demonstrably failed in its moral responsibility to provide minimally reasonable care for children in their custody.
(AP) – The Customs and Border Patrol agency says about one-thousand unaccompanied migrant children are currently in their custody. In a call with reporters today, CBP officials say the number of children is down from the 26-hundred in custody a week ago.
Additionally, they confirmed 100 children have been moved back to the Clint, Texas facility after nearly 300 were moved out because of inadequate food, water and sanitation. The official added that allegations of civil rights abuses and difficult conditions are “taken seriously” and have been referred to the office of inspector general.
The news comes as President Trump and Democrats battle over a four-point-five-billion-dollar emergency aid bill for the southern border.
(Washington, DC-AP) – ICE is set to being massive roundups of migrant families on Sunday. Immigration agents are targeting up to two-thousand families slated for deportation in big cities including New York, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
President Trump tweeted this week that “millions” of undocumented immigrants will be deported. Acting ICE chief Mark Morgan recently said the goal is not to separate families.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A young Guatemalan national is dead after being found unresponsive at a South Texas U.S. Border Patrol station. Customs and Border Protection says the 16-year-old was discovered dead yesterday during a welfare check in Weslaco.
The teen had been in U.S. custody for a week after being captured for illegal entry near Hidalgo. A cause of death has not been released. CBP says Congress and the Guatemalan government have been notified.
He is the 5th child to die in U.S. Custody since December.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – A teenage immigrant from Guatemala has died in federal custody. The 16-year-old was in the custody of federal agents in Texas, who said he was listed as an unaccompanied minor.
Within days of being taken to a shelter in Brownsville, the teenager became ill and was taken to a hospital. He was treated and released, but his condition didn’t improve, so he was taken to a different hospital, where he was placed in intensive care.
The young immigrant died yesterday. No cause of death has been released.