Trump Threatens to Cut Foreign Aid to Stop Illegal Immigration at U.S. Border
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration is working on a plan to cut foreign aid to the home countries of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
“Many of these countries, we give tremendous amounts of aid to, tens of millions of dollars. And we’re working on a plan to deduct a lot of the aid,” Trump said at a roundtable talk on immigration on Long Island, New York. “We’re going to work out something where every time someone comes from a certain country, we’re going to deduct a rather large amount of money from what we give them in aid, if we give them aid at all,” the U.S. leader said.
The president said he does not believe countries are “helping us one bit” and accused them of “encouraging” citizens to flee to the U.S. because they “don’t want the people that we’re getting in that country.”
Jeff Sessions Just Reopened the Door to Deporting 350,000 Immigrants Whose Cases Had Been Closed
Sessions opened the door to potentially reopening 350,000 deportation cases the government previously agreed to close. His decision was issued in the form of a ruling on an individual immigration court case, one that the Board of Immigration Appeals had already ordered the judge to reopen.
Immigration lawyers and judges fear that at the same time that Sessions is telling immigration judges to plow through the backlog, he’s forcing them to hear more cases, making it impossible for them to give each case the time they feel it deserves.
While his new ruling won’t automatically add hundreds of thousands of cases to the already overloaded dockets of immigration judges, it makes clear that he expects the Trump administration to start asking for immigrants to get hauled back into court.
Carlsbad’s City Council voted 4-1 Monday to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state’s pro-illegal immigrant sanctuary city policies, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Carlsbad is located near San Diego, where the all-Republican Board of Supervisors also voted in April to support the federal government’s legal action.
The U.S. Justice Department sued California in March over its interference with federal immigration policies, which Carlsbad officials said is endangering the public.
Some citizens urged the council to avoid the temptation of “intolerance and bigotry,” while others voiced support for the federal government. “I cannot see the difference between a sanctuary state and a secessionist state,” retired Marine Glenn Bernard said, according to the Tribune.
Trump Blasts Democrats Over MS-13 Gang Violence, Demands a “Real Wall”
President Trump lambasted Democrats as “sticking up” for MS-13 gang members, once again blaming party leaders for hampering the administration’s efforts to provide immigration reform. Mr. Trump made the remarks in an interview with Fox News taped just after his immigration roundtable event in New York on Wednesday.
Speaking to Fox and Friends, Mr. Trump said that the “vicious killers” of MS-13 “shouldn’t be allowed into the country.” He applauded current law enforcement efforts to stop the flow of gangs and drugs across the U.S. border, but said Democrats are “trying to find all sorts of reason[s]” why they should stay.
Asked if he would support current efforts being taken by conservative House members without the support of Republican leadership to force a vote on a variety of immigration bills, Mr. Trump said “unless it includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes strong border security, there’ll be no approvals from me.”
Trump did not specify what he meant by strong border security. However, he has in recent months called for tough restrictions on legal immigration in exchange for shielding the young immigrants. Democrats and numerous Republicans do not support the proposed limits on legal immigration, which include restrictions on family visa sponsorship and an end to the diversity visa lottery system.
Trump Blames “Weak People” In Congress for Failing to Stop Illegal Immigration
President Trump lashed out at American immigration laws during a dinner with Republican governors Monday night, saying that the statutes were “the worst anywhere in the world as far as stopping people from coming in.”
Trump said that the only reason immigrants enter the U.S. unlawfully is because of “our weak laws that have been given to us by weak people in Congress. “The Democrats have been horrible on border security,” Trump said, “and many of them are standing there and sitting there and agreeing with me 100%.”
Tennessee Passes “Mass Deportation Bill” Banning Immigration Sanctuary Policies
Tennessee is set to become the latest state in the U.S. with prohibitions on so-called “sanctuary” policies, which immigrant advocates say serve to cultivate an environment of fear for undocumented immigrants living in American communities.
Governor Bill Haslam is going to let the bill become law without his signature, even though the state currently does not have any sanctuary cities as a result of a previous law on the subject. “I think the best thing for the state to do with this decision is to move on from it,” Mr. Haslam told reporters on Monday, according to the Tennessean.
The bill, once law, would pull funding from communities with sanctuary policies until they comply with federal immigration authorities. The bill is broadly written, and notes that a variety of state and local entities, including, for instance, school campus police, could be impacted by the new policies.
Speaker Ryan Vents Frustration Over GOP Infighting Over Immigration
A frustrated Speaker Paul Ryan chided House Republicans for election-season infighting over immigration that sank the party’s farm bill last week, participants in a closed-door meeting said Tuesday. Leaders said they will schedule a late- June showdown over immigration, an issue that has divided the GOP for years.
“I think he said ‘gee whiz’ and ‘gosh’ and used the word ‘crap’ once,” Rep. Mark Amodei, said of Ryan’s remarks to his colleagues. “For Paul Ryan, ‘crap’ is pretty blue language.”
The conservative bill would currently reduce legal immigration, clear the way for construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico and let Dreamers stay in the U.S. for renewable three-year periods. All Democrats oppose the measure and it would have no chance of clearing the more moderate Senate.
Trump Picks Anti-Immigration Hard-Liner to Lead Refugee Bureau
President Donald Trump announced plans to nominate a retired foreign service officer affiliated with an organization that critics call an anti-immigrant hate group to run the State Department bureau overseeing refugee protection and resettlement.
Ronald Mortensen, whose nomination is likely to spur a confirmation fight in the Senate, backed Trump’s presidential bid and is a vocal opponent of illegal immigration. Attention quickly turned to his current role as a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classified as a hate group in 2016 for its “repeated circulation of white nationalist and anti-Semitic writers.”
In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union called Mortensen an “anti-immigrant zealot” and said senators should examine his past statements “and animosity towards civil rights and civil liberties.”