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Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Hernández v. Mesa

15-118 HERNANDEZ V. MESA DECISION BELOW: 785 F.3d 117 LOWER COURT CASE NUMBER: 12-50217 QUESTION PRESENTED: In Boumediene v. Bush, this Court held that the Constitution's extraterritorial application "turn[s] on objective factors and practical concerns," not a "formal sovereignty...

Undercover With a Border Militia

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones, Nov/Dec 2016 - "I crawl out of the back of the pickup with my rifle in hand. "Keep your weapons nice and tight," Captain Pain orders. I am traveling light. Unlike the others, I don't view southern Arizona as a war zone, so I didn't put steel plates in...

Reuters Exclusive: Trump Team Seeks Records on Border Barriers, Surveillance, More

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Jan. 4, 2017 - "In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. The team also...

The Wall: A Special Report

Texas Standard, Jan. 9, 2017 - "Building a wall along the 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico was a signature plank of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. His win in November is bringing the reality of that proposal into focus. The U.S. has 650 miles of existing barrier...

Feds Turn Away Asylum-Seekers at Border: Complaint

Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2017 - "“This is happening on a daily basis,” said Kathryn Shepherd, a lawyer with the American Immigration Council, a Washington-based advocacy group, who says she has testimony from dozens of asylum seekers denied access to U.S. asylum officials...

US Border Guards Refuse Entry to Potential Marchers from Canada

Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2017 - "British national Joe Kroese and a Canadian were turned away from the same border crossing on Thursday as they traveled with two American friends. Kroese, 23, was asked by an American border agent why he was traveling to the United States. He told...

Anti-Trump Canadian Heading to Women's March Refused Entry to USA

CBC Radio, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The first question that he asked point blank was, "Are you anti or pro-Trump? At that time, I just assumed that he was just trying to feel out our opinions and what we were doing. We all expressed that we were anti. We simply had nothing to hide. He took a lot of...

Is Being Anti-Trump A New Ground Of Inadmissibility? - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 24, 2017 - " Over the weekend, a Canadian student of McGill University, Joseph Decunah, who was seeking to be admitted to protest at the Women’s March the day after President Trump’s inauguration was refused admission . He was in the company of two US citizens who...

Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements - White House, Jan. 25, 2017

White House, Jan. 25, 2017 - "EXECUTIVE ORDER BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IMPROVEMENTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.) (INA), the...

Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Orders Relating to Border, Immigration; Official Federal Register Versions

Executive Order 13767 of January 25, 2017 - Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Executive Order 13768 of January 25, 2017 - Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

84 Lumber Super Bowl Commercial - The Entire Journey (Banned by Fox)

"The full, uncut 84 Lumber Super Bowl promotional film . ... Contains content deemed too controversial for the original ad and banned from broadcast [by Fox]." But was the ad about the wall...or the door? Find clues here and here .

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies Enforcement of the Immigration...

DHS: Not Enough Cash On Hand For Trump's Border Wall...Just "Prototypes"

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 2, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout...

Will DHS Policy Deepen Rift With Mexico?

Melvin Félix, Univision, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Trump administration intends to press forward with its plan to send immigrants of any nationality back to Mexico after they're caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed...

Border Guards Beat Immigrant to Death; Feds Settle With Family For $1M

Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., Washington Post, Mar. 28, 2017 - "Anastacio Hernandez’s final screams had drawn a crowd. The undocumented immigrant yelped “ayudame” and “no hice nada” — “help” and “I didn’t do anything” in Spanish —...

Lawsuit Targets Trump's Border Wall, Enforcement Program

Center for Biological Diversity, Apr. 12, 2017 - "The Center for Biological Diversity and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, who serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today sued the Trump administration over the proposed border wall and other border security measures...

DHS Border Security Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2017

DHS, Apr. 25, 2017 - "On January 25, 2017, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13767 (the "Executive Order") entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Pursuant to Section 15 of the Executive Order, this 90-day progress report outlines the...

U.S. Senate Report: Wall Costs Could Soar Toward $70 Billion

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Apr. 17, 2017 - "The Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today issued a report detailing that costs for the Administration’s proposed concrete wall along the southern border...

These Swimmers Are Challenging Trump’s Immigration Platform

Adam Skolnick, Outside, Apr. 20, 2017 - "When New Zealander Kim Chambers accepted a casual invitation to the Dolphin Club, a group of swimmers and boaters in San Francisco , in 2009, she was still rehabbing from a devastating fall down a staircase that almost cost her right leg . She wasn’t...

Borderlands: Life in the Shadow of the Wall

Borderlands - How will a more complete border wall affect those who live in its shadow? President Donald Trump has pledged to build 1,250 miles of new border wall, and most of that would be in Texas, where only about 10 percent of the border is fenced in. But Texas is unique among border states: The...

The Border Wall: Fact and Fiction

Jimmy Williams, Apr. 28, 2017 - "While it has long been all too common for politicians to use immigration and, more recently, the wall as campaign issues, there is plenty of confusion and misinformation about both. Here’s a primer that separates fact from the fiction:..." DecodeDC...

Crossing the Line: U.S. Border Agents Illegally Reject Asylum Seekers

HRF, May 2017 - "The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. Border agents must refer a person seeking asylum or expressing a fear of persecution to a protection screening interview or an immigration court proceeding where...

A Path to America, Marked by More and More Bodies

Manny Fernandez, New York Times, May 4, 2017 - "More people have died illegally crossing the southwestern border of the United States in the last 16 years than were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina combined. From October 2000 through September 2016, the Border...

Trump’s Wall Faces a Barrier in Texas: Landowner Lawsuits

Ron Nixon, New York Times, May 7, 2017 - "One of the principal barriers to President Trump’s border wall begins in Aleida Garcia’s expansive backyard. She and her husband have built a small park alongside some scrubland on their 30 acres, and they enjoy a panoramic view of the Rio Grande...

20 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil - Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr.

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen tending his family's goats with a .22 rifle...