The crisis on the United States-Mexico border is real, not manufactured, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a House committee earlier this month. The president has been transparent that the declaration is a way to go around Congress to secure funding for a border wall, a signature campaign promise, that the legislature denied. Congress voted to end the emergency – with some critics claiming there is no crisis by pointing out that apprehensions are near historic lows – but Mr. Trump overruled it with the first veto of his term.
Dozens of fathers quietly held their children's hands in an enclosure made of chain-link fencing. While these families were held at an overcrowded Border Patrol processing center, a fresh wave of migrants crossed the nearby river separating the U.S. and Mexico and waited for border agents to bring them to the same facility. Waves of desperate families are trying to cross the border almost hourly and entering an overtaxed government detention system. The Border Patrol has become so overwhelmed in feeding and caring for the migrants that it announced plans this week to start releasing some families onto the street in the Rio Grande Valley to ease overcrowding in the processing center, providing the immigrants with a notice to appear at an upcoming court date.
Dozens are missing and bodies have washed ashore after a boat carrying 44 migrants seeking a better life in Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, officials said Thursday. Jassim Ayoub, a spokesman for the Libyan navy, said the coast guard of the western city of Sabratha has rescued 17 migrants since the boat capsized Tuesday. Most of the migrants were from African countries, he said. Thousands of migrants have perished trying to make the perilous Mediterranean crossing, often undertaking it in crowded wooden ships or inflatable rafts.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada remains welcoming to newcomers even as his government takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country at unofficial entry points. Speaking at a news conference in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, the prime minister said Canadians continue to be "overwhelmingly in favour" of immigration even though the issue has become "politically charged" here and south of the border. "One of the reasons Canadians do have confidence in immigration as a positive force in our country is because they have confidence in our immigration system," he said. "We are dealing with larger than usual numbers and have had to make investments
Nearly a decade ago, when Utah immigration arguments grew vitriolic, a group of religious, civic and business leaders signed the Utah Compact. The document sought to cool debate by emphasizing humane treatment of immigrants, keeping families together and focusing deportation on serious criminals — an approach numerous other states later copied. Immigration debates remain bitter, so the same groups gathered Wednesday to sign the compact again to reaffirm that its principles could calmly help find solutions amid hot debates on everything from a wall along the Mexico border to immigrant detainment and whether immigrants who arrived as children should be allowed to remain. “Today, nearly a decade later, our immigration system is still in need of significant reform," Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller said.
(CNSNews.com) - At a press conference in New York City promoting the American Dream and Promise Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on Wednesday that when Italians immigrated to the United States “they were called WOPs” which meant “without papers.” “When the mayor talked about our Italian-American heritage—I always--people make a fuss that I am the first woman speaker but I am the first Italian-American Speaker and that means a lot to me as well,” said Pelosi. “But when people came here and they were in these tenements, they were Irish, they were German, they were Italian, they were Jewish--the list goes on--they were Chinese and others that came after,” she said. “But when the
A Virginia-based company is one step closer to building a private immigration detention center near Chicago after trustees of a small village approved the plan despite pushback from activists. Dwight trustees last week voted to annex and rezone 88 acres (36 hectares) where Immigration Centers of America plans to build a detention center. More than 200 people attended the village meeting, which was repeatedly interrupted by protesters.
The number of immigrants arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents is falling, according to agency statistics released Thursday, the latest sign that a border surge is diverting enforcement efforts away from the U.S. interior, dealing a blow to the Trump administration's deportation goals. Arrests by ICE agents fell 12 percent to 34,546 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 29 of last year, the most recent period for which data is available. Though deportations by ICE rose 10 percent during that period in comparison to the previous year, the increase came from soaring numbers of detentions at the border - not as a result of more arrests by ICE in the U.S. interior. Nathalie Asher, a senior
Halifax will be the site of a national conference looking at immigration and how Canada and North America are currently dealing with newcomers and integrating them in their new homes. “Doing Immigration Differently” is the theme for the three-day metropolis conference on immigration, that is getting underway in Halifax March 21 and continues until Saturday, March 23. The national conference will bring together immigration experts from across the country and globe — including politicians, policymakers, leading academics and also newcomers who will share their immigration experience. Conference co-chair and CEO of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), Jennnifer Watts, says the
At the same time, the latest data from the General Social Survey — a widely respected poll that has measured trends on American attitudes since the 1970s — shows a growing partisan divide on the topic over the past decade. A growing number of Americans say immigration levels should remain the same or increase, according to a major U.S. survey, a shift that comes as the Trump administration has ramped up immigration enforcement. At the same time, the latest data from the General Social Survey — a widely respected poll that has measured trends on American attitudes since the 1970s — shows a growing partisan divide on the topic over the past decade. The 2018 survey was released this week and shows
As a father, I know that I would do anything to keep my children safe — even take a dangerous journey to another nation if it was my last resort to protect them. That's the same path many of our ancestors took, welcomed by Lady Liberty when they fled oppression, violence, or famine. This is also the story of the thousands of families and children who are currently living in limbo just across the border in Mexico. These families came north on a hard and often terrifying journey seeking safety in the U.S., only to be turned back at the very last mile. Last weekend, I went down to Tijuana to see firsthand how American policies are being implemented on the Mexican side of the border. What I saw in
Immigration is a large and complex subject. 1) The economic benefits to Americans of America’s present immigration policies are very small. 2) The fiscal costs of present immigration policies are high.
Italy's Senate refused Wednesday to lift Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's immunity to face possible charges for refusing to allow migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship to disembark at a Sicilian port. A judicial commission in Sicily triggered the vote when it rejected prosecutors' decision not to pursue kidnapping charges against Salvini for refusing to allow 177 migrants to disembark from the Diciotti last August. Salvini, in an emotional defense, said his refusal was aimed at forcing Italy's European partners to share the burden of migrant arrivals, which has disproportionately fallen on Italy as a primary destination for humanitarian ships rescuing migrants from smugglers' boats off Libya.
The problem of dozens of immigrants arriving at Phoenix bus stations with no plans and nowhere to go continues. The Mount Vista Church in East Central Phoenix has taken in over 100 migrants, with more than 20 of them children. "When they come first, they're scared," said church volunteer Kevin Quintero. Volunteers from the Valley church community have scrambled to house and feed the waves of people who keep arriving at the Greyhound bus terminal in Phoenix.