Hundreds of families are still being separated at the border

Hundreds of families are still being separated at the border

Eight months after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop separating parents and children at the US-Mexico border, families are still being separated. Newly released government data shows nearly 250 parents have been separated from their children since June 26. Meanwhile, a report released Thursday from the advocacy group Texas Civil Rights Project…
The acting Pentagon chief has yet to say whether Trump’s border wall is militarily necessary

The acting Pentagon chief has yet to say whether Trump’s border wall is militarily...

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says he has yet to determine how much money the Pentagon should reallocate to finance President Donald Trump’s border wall — or whether it’s even necessary at all. Shanahan has the unenviable task of charting out how to turn Trump’s border wall promise into a reality, after the president…
Congress just passed a border security deal

Congress just passed a border security deal

It’s official: both the House and the Senate have passed a border security deal that’s now headed to the President’s desk. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said that Trump will sign the deal and narrowly avert another government shutdown by doing so. Trump is also expected to declare a national emergency in order to…
2 women were detained solely for speaking Spanish. Now they’re suing the Border Patrol.

2 women were detained solely for speaking Spanish. Now they’re suing the Border Patrol.

Two Montana women are suing US Customs and Border Protection officers for detaining them at a gas station last year because they were speaking Spanish — the latest legal challenge to the agency’s broad authority to patrol the border zone. Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez were questioned in May by a uniformed officer as they…
Trump wants the military to build the border wall. It might not be legal.

Trump wants the military to build the border wall. It might not be legal.

After months of back-and-forth with Congress, President Donald Trump is expected to soon declare a national emergency in order for the US military to construct the southern border wall he’s promised for years. But there’s a pretty big problem with that, according to experts — namely, that he has a very weak legal case, and…
State of the Union 2019: President Trump gives annual address amid border wall fight

State of the Union 2019: President Trump gives annual address amid border wall fight

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams will give the Democratic response. President Trump will give the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5, after a partial government shutdown delayed the address by one week. It’s the first State of the Union Trump will give to a divided Congress, now that Democrats control the House and Nancy…
Democrats aren’t ruling out physical barriers in a border security deal

Democrats aren’t ruling out physical barriers in a border security deal

The most important thing hashed out in the latest round of negotiations over border security is what exactly a “wall” is. At negotiators’ first meeting on border security this Wednesday, both Republicans and Democrats rarely mentioned the word “wall,” focusing instead on the efficacy of a so-called “physical barrier.” These talks, which are taking place…
What’s actually happening at the US-Mexico border, explained

What’s actually happening at the US-Mexico border, explained

President Trump wants you, and everyone else in America, to believe that the US-Mexico border isn’t just in trouble but in crisis. The fundamental premise of the government shutdown is that the US-Mexico border is so dangerous to human life that it is worth shutting down whole swaths of the federal government, forcing 800,000 federal…
Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border wall

Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border...

President Donald Trump is now blaming Democrats for the deaths of two migrant children who died in federal custody earlier this month. In his first public comment on the two tragedies Saturday, Trump tied the deaths to the political impasse over funding for the federal government, saying in a series of tweets that Democrats are…
The Government Shut Down Over Trump’s Border Wall. What Happens Next?

The Government Shut Down Over Trump’s Border Wall. What Happens Next?

The Agriculture Department will continue to inspect food, including anything certified for export, and 85% of the Justice Department will continue to work without pay, according to its shutdown plan. The Departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Treasury, and Interior will all see workers furloughed, while 34,600 Transportation Department employees will continue to work.

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