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This week in Trump’s America, the White House struggled to answer a simple question.
The majority of families crossing the southwestern U.S. border are from the Northern Triangle of Central America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — and many are fleeing violence and poverty.
U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee will rule on Attorney General Jeff Sessions's motion in federal court Thursday to request “limited emergency exemptions” to the longstanding rules governing the detention of immigrant children apprehended at the border that essentially seeks the court’s blessing to suspend compliance with a settlement that limits where ICE can detain immigrants younger than 18 — and for how long.
Mexico-born Edder Martinez, 27, who crossed the border with his mother when he was 5 years old and recently graduated from college, is just one of many in the U.S. affected by the DACA phase-out.
A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says he believes longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone and an associate “lied through their teeth” when they testified before his panel and they both should be investigated for perjury. Swalwell focused on recent revelations that, at Caputo’s instigation, Stone met during the 2016 campaign in Florida with a Russian immigrant and sometime FBI informant named Henry Greenberg who offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
Virginia detention facility for young migrants received over $4.6 million in government grants after abuse allegations
The federal government continued to provide million-dollar grants to a juvenile detention center in Virginia to hold child migrants even after a lawsuit was filed against the facility alleging the young immigrants there were subjected to “brutal, inhumane conditions.”
Border Patrol agents take Central American asylum seekers into custody on June 12, 2018, near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were then sent to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. By the time President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon halting the separation of families caught illegally entering the country along the southwest border—an act he and administration officials had previously insisted could only be done by Congress—at least 2,000 children had already been separated from their parents and placed in government-contracted facilities around the country.
The day after the White House began a retreat from a border crisis of its own making, the Trump women began a charm offensive to blunt the impact of images of young children separated from their parents. First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to an immigrant child detention center in Texas Thursday morning, part of an apparent image rehabilitation effort from the executive branch. The first lady toured the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen and held a roundtable with staffers there.
Democrats are already plotting about how to motivate and mobilize the 66 percent of voters who oppose Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Hundreds of New Yorkers from immigrant communities and other activists staged a march and rally in observance of World Refugee Day on Wednesday. Marchers came from work, some having picked up their children from childcare to bring them along. President Trump’s hardline immigration stances — including this week’s firestorm over separating children from families when they illegally cross the U.S. border seeking asylum — created a new atmosphere of urgency in this year’s march.