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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...

Is Border Enforcement Effective? What We Know and What it Means - Edward Alden

Edward Alden, June 2017, Center for Migration Studies of New York - "For too long, the policy debate over border enforcement has been split between those who believe the border can be sealed against illegal entry by force alone, and those who believe that any effort to do so is futile and without...

Supreme Court on Cross-Border Shooting: Hernandez v. Mesa

Hernandez v. Mesa, June 26, 2017 - "The facts alleged in the complaint depict a disturbing incident resulting in a heartbreaking loss of life. Whether petitioners may recover damages for that loss in this suit depends on questions that are best answered by the Court of Appeals in the first instance...

Border Clinic, Retirees Try to Save Migrants' Lives

Eric Boodman, Stat, July 6, 2017 - "When the man walked in with fang marks on his leg, the volunteers knew the protocol: In the case of a rattlesnake bite, you call 911. But like all of the patients who end up here, his very presence in this desert clinic meant he had broken American law. He’d...

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers at U.S. Southern Border

CCR, July 12, 2017 - "Today an immigrant rights group and several asylum seekers filed a class action lawsuit against officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a federal district court in California, challenging the government’s unlawful...

Lawsuit: American Family Abused by CBP at Border: Wilwal v. Kelly

ACLU, July 13, 2017 - "The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family of U.S. citizens — including four young children — who were detained for over 10 hours at the U.S.-Canada border while coming home from a trip to visit relatives in 2015. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the government...

DHS Waives Environmental Regulations for Border Wall Construction

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 147 / Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the...

White House Insiders Float Plan to Trade Tougher Border Rules for Keeping DACA

Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Aug. 22, 2017 - "Donald Trump’s top aides are pushing him to protect young people brought into the country illegally as children — and then use the issue as a bargaining chip for a larger immigration deal — despite the president’s...

A Slippery Legislative Slope: From IIRAIRA to REAL ID to Secure Fence

DHS published this notice today in the Federal Register regarding border barriers (fencing and roads) near Calexico, California. Read the long list of federal statutes and regulations DHS has waived, thanks to IIRAIRA, the REAL ID Act and the Secure Fence Act.

Trump Sent Judges to the Border; Many Had Nothing to Do - Politico

Meredith Hoffman, Politico, Sept. 27, 2017 - "On September 4, immigration judge Denise Slavin followed orders from the Department of Justice to drop everything and travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. She would be leaving behind an overwhelming docket in Baltimore, but she was needed at “ground...

Feds Quietly Prepare for Land Seizures for Border Wall

Tal Kopan, CNN, Nov. 13, 2017 - "Although approval for a new border wall has yet to come, the Trump administration has taken subtle steps to be able to seize land to build one, including by restarting litigation that has laid dormant for years against landowners, according to a new report from Senate...

The Wall: The Real Costs of a Barrier Between the U.S. and Mexico - Brookings

Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings [This is a very long, rich, detailed look at the border wall, with marvelous graphics. It deals with the price tag, smuggling, crime, the U.S. economy, communities and the environment, and much more. Recommended!]