Protests, facility visits planned this weekend amid immigration confusion

Muriel Colon
June 26, 2018

The legislation was already on life support, with party leaders deciding on Thursday to postpone a vote to the following day as they struggled to garner enough support for the measure, reports The Hill magazine.

One woman, Cindy Madrid from El Salvador, repeatedly dictated her US-resident sister's phone number to her six-year-old daughter before she crossed the border and the family was separated.

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world", Trump said on Twitter.

In McAllen, the visiting lawmakers said they believed border agents were handling the situation as well as could be expected at the facility for immigrants recently apprehended along the border. He said he changed his mind by seeing images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing. Trump signed an order Wednesday to end the practice, which was part of his administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

A 1997 landmark case known as the Flores settlement governs how children are handled in immigration custody and generally prevents the government from keeping them in detention, even with their parents, for more than 20 days.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, two-thirds opposed Trump's now-discontinued policy of separating kids from their parents when they cross the border; 79 percent supported allowing the dreamers to become citizens, even though Trump revoked the protection against deportation granted to them by President Barack Obama, and two-thirds said the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now in the USA should be given a path to citizenship.

President Donald Trump said Friday Republicans should wait until after the November midterm elections to pass immigration legislation, undercutting Congress' ongoing efforts to pass a bill.

Trump's tweet on immigration legislation was the latest example of his abrupt reversals on issues, to the dismay of Republicans who crave his backing as a seal of approval for conservative voters.


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks with reporters about the Republican led immigration reform effort on U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2018.

President Donald Trump has vowed to secure US' worldwide borders and prevent people from illegally entering America, and said that he wants only those based on merit to come inside the country, amid a major immigration row.

Demonstrators led rallies and protests Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by US border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them. He has falsely blamed Democrats for forcing them to enforce the policy. "You don't know what is going on", Trump said in remarks. But without Trump's backing, the bill is essentially guaranteed to fail.

The US Navy is drafting plans to house up to 25,000 immigrants on its bases and other facilities, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of about $233 million over six months, a US official said on Friday.

The Pentagon says it is searching nationwide for space on military installations that could be used to house adult migrants who have tried to cross the USA border illegally.

But the Navy has not so far been asked to provide accommodation for migrants who have entered United States illegally, and the official, who asked not to be named, stressed that the draft memo, which looks at setting up housing on Navy airfields in Alabama, was for planning purposes only.

Under expedited removal proceedings, which are used most commonly at ports of entry, an immigration official can evaluate an immigrant's claim and reject it with no involvement by an immigration judge or review board.

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