Some 5,000 Central American migrants camped at the Mexican border city of Tijuana "will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court," US President Donald Trump tweeted late Saturday. Trump also restated his intention to close the US-Mexico border if "for any reason it becomes necessary." "We will only allow those who come into our Country [sic] legally," he wrote. "All will stay in Mexico." Since mid-October, the migrants have been walking north from Honduras through Guatemala and Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States and claim asylum. Trump, who campaigned on an anti-immigration platform, deployed 6,000 troops to reinforce the US border police and the National Guard at the border with Mexico ahead of the midterm elections. Read more: US judge blocks Trump's asylum ban Deal or no deal? Trump's tweets seemed to corroborate a report in The Washington Post that a deal had been reached between the … [Read more...] about Mexico denies migrant deal as Donald Trump says asylum-seekers will be denied entry
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Immigration and civil rights groups immediately challenged US President Donald Trump's so-called asylum ban in court and shortly thereafter a judge on Monday issued a temporary halt of the policy. The White House will likely appeal the ban, sending the issue on a long path through the courts that could take weeks or months to resolve. The measure is just the latest attempt by the Trump administration to curtail and deter immigration. Previous efforts include: Imposing the so-called travel ban Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which shielded undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation Cutting federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities Ending the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) that shielded hundreds of thousands of immigrants from various countries from deportation Separating migrant children from their families Just like in the most recent executive order putting new restrictions on asylum-seekers, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s ‘asylum ban’ highlights dysfunctional US Congress
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is continuing his long-standing feud with President of the United States Donald Trump, claiming the U.S. leader only cares about “White America”.Indulging in the identity politics which have become a staple of the modern Labour Party, Khan accused President Trump of being racist by suggesting that his campaign slogan “America First” really meant “White America First”. The mayor also said that President Trump is the “the very opposite of what NATO is all about”. “The concern we have is when President Trump talks about America First — does he really mean White America First? That’s a big concern for many of us,” Khan said in an interview with CNN. Khan also said that President Trump “on many, many occasions… gives us the impression that all he cares about is White America”. “When you see… the President of the USA calling people rapists because they happen to be … [Read more...] about ‘White America First’ – London Mayor Sadiq Khan Says Trump Only Cares About White People
A US federal prosecutor told a court on Wednesday that a US Border Patrol agent who shot across the US-Mexican border and killed a Mexican teenager committed murder, but a defense attorney maintained his client's actions were lawful. The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, comes at a time when President Donald Trump is pushing to build a wall along the entire US-Mexican border in order to keep out undocumented immigrants and drugs. Watch video 03:16 Share Life on US-Mexico border Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/2bnSN Torn apart: life on the US-Mexico border Border agent Lonnie Swartz "calmly and deliberately" walked up to the border fence and fired 16 rounds in little more than 30 seconds on October 10, 2012, Assistant US Attorney Mary Sue Feldmeier said during opening arguments. Swartz shot at 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, hitting … [Read more...] about US Border Patrol agent faces murder charge in shooting across US-Mexican border
In a speech at the White House on Thursday, US President Donald Trump laid out a merit-based immigration plan that would give preferential treatment to high-skilled workers. He said the current laws "discriminate against genius" and "discriminate against brilliance" because most of the legal immigrants are low-skilled people who would make low wages. "Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process. It is totally dysfunctional," said Trump, noting his administration wants to increase security at the border and reduce claims from asylum-seekers. The reform, Trump said, would make the US immigration system the "envy" of the world. More merit-based green cards Under the plan, the number of green cards given to approved immigrants would remain the same. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language … [Read more...] about Trump unveils new US immigration policy
A big push is under way to achieve U.S. approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the new NAFTA, but important gaps remain between the parties. The most recent deadline goal appears to be congressional action by Dec. 20, at the latest. Missing that deadline could delay approval until 2021 and leave the continent’s economies under a cloud of uncertainty. Approving the USMCA could bring a needed economic boost to the millions of jobs supported by commerce with America’s two largest trade partners.Negotiations between Democrats in the House of Representatives and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) appear to have made substantial progress on key issues where the Democrats seek changes — labor rights, environmental protections, shorter intellectual property protections for biologic drugs, and stronger enforcement mechanisms, especially on labor issues where Democrats worry about Mexico’s performance.ADVERTISEMENTFinal … [Read more...] about USMCA: So near, or just too far?