U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to close border with Mexico due to immigration surge

President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the U.S. border with Mexico next week, potentially disrupting millions of legal border crossings and billions of dollars in trade if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching the United States. “We’ll keep it closed for a long time. I’m not playing games. Mexico has to stop… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to close border with Mexico due to immigration surge

U.S. government to start return of asylum seekers to Mexico

The U.S. government will return the first group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Friday, U.S. and Mexican officials said, marking the start of a major policy shift by the Trump administration. The policy dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and first announced on December… Read More U.S. government to start return of asylum seekers to Mexico

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announces resignation following withdrawal of troops from Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday, effective February 28, 2019, over disagreements in policy following President Donald Trump’s recently announced decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The following are the key highlights from his resignation letter: “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably… Read More U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announces resignation following withdrawal of troops from Syria

U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare as unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states… Read More U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare as unconstitutional

U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions orders speed up of deportation of illegal immigrants

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday sought to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants, telling immigration judges they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings for good cause shown. Sessions, in an interim order that was criticized by some lawyers, said the good-cause standard limits the discretion of immigration judges and prohibits them… Read More U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions orders speed up of deportation of illegal immigrants

U.S. federal judge orders for full reinstatement of DACA program

A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore a program that protects from deportation some young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, including accepting new applications for the program. U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., said he would stay Friday’s order, however, until… Read More U.S. federal judge orders for full reinstatement of DACA program

U.S. President Donald Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall, immigration laws

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats refuse to back his demand for a wall at the Mexican border and other major changes to immigration laws his administration wants. “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall, immigration laws

Thousands across U.S. protest President Trump’s immigration policies

Marches are underway across cities in the U.S. to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Hundreds of thousands of protesters could attend more than 700 marches in cities from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and New York City. Dozens of progressive groups planned the ‘Families Belong Together’ protests on Saturday including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood,… Read More Thousands across U.S. protest President Trump’s immigration policies