What in the world has happened to the Democratic party's approach to illegal immigration over the last dozen years? Twelve years ago, during a Senate floor debate in October 2006, freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama supported construction of a physical barrier along the southwest border. “The bill before us will certainly do some good,” he said, before speaking approvingly of a barrier's ability to “help stem the tide of illegal immigration in this country.” Today, leading Democrats – including potential candidates for the party's 2020 presidential nomination – have done a 180-degree reversal. They now oppose construction of a physical barrier, and even demand the abolition of Immigration and
The number of convicted inmates in federal prison without citizenship sunk about 22 percent from fiscal years 2011 to 2016 — before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president — according to a government watchdog's new study released Thursday. The shrinking share of criminal aliens in federal prisons appears to reflect other data showing a general downward trend in illegal immigration since its pre-recession peak in 2007. Before President Donald Trump took office in 2017, illegal alien incarcerations were on the decline in the U.S.
Federal dollars and political powers are always at stake in the Decennial Census. The upcoming 2020 Census, however, is generating even more conflict and litigation than usual among the states. The reason? One question: Are you a citizen? Six federal lawsuits (two each in New York, California and Maryland) demand that federal judges block the Department of Commerce from asking the citizenship question. The plaintiffs in the two New York cases alone number 18 states, the District of Columbia, various cities and counties, as well as a coalition of 175 nonprofit groups. The left's litigation strategy often appears designed to "persuade" weak-kneed federal district judges (and there are many) that
GUWAHATI, India — The list drew lines through villages, divided families and caused chaos in communities. The Indian state of Assam last month put out a draft of the National Register of Citizens that excluded 4 million people who claimed to be Indian, part of a wider campaign to “detect-delete-deport” as many as 20 million illegal immigrants from Muslim-majority Bangladesh. Last week, many of those excluded in Assam began submitting applications to find out why they were left off the list — the first step in what could be months of limbo and cumbersome legal battles to prove their nationality. “I cried,” said Sumiron Nessa, in her early 20s, who found out last month that both she and her
A Democrat seeking a U.S. House seat in deep-red West Virginia bills himself as a "Trump Democrat" -- even though he has claimed the president "hasn't done s---," backs a pathway to citizenship for illegal immgrants and opposes a border wall. Richard Ojeda, an Army veteran and state senator who's been branded as a “JFK with tattoos and a bench press,” initially captured attention after revealing that he voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. He's now running against Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, which President Trump won by nearly 50 points in the 2016 presidential election. Yet a poll from June indicates that Ojeda's message of populism –
Re "How we Restore Faith in Journalism" (Aug. 16): I'm a dinosaur... I get your paper in my driveway every morning. I don't think your news is fake but it it definitely biased. Stop conflating legal and illegal immigration as immigration. One can be against illegal and for legal! If you only edited that for clarity in each and every article, perhaps I wouldn't consider cancelling my subscription every time I read your news. Deal? Sandra Slivka University City I understand that a whole bunch of newspapers around the country (and my own Union-Tribune) have picked today to print anti-Trump editorials. My question: What's different or unusual about this? Burt Smith Oceanside I kept reading the article
KUALA LUMPUR: The crackdown on illegal immigrants by the Immigration Department continues with around 50 people arrested along Jalan Bunus, Masjid India here. The crackdown, part of Ops Mega 3.0, which started on July 1, took place around 4pm on Thursday (Aug 16) in the heart of the nation's capital with around 60 Immigration officers targetting the illegal immigrants working in the area. The department's director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said that the raid was an ongoing effort to rid the country of all illegal immigrants in the country. "This is the last chance for them to surrender and return to their home countries," he said at the raid, referring to the 3+1 amnesty programme, which ends this month.
“All of it's in jeopardy because I don't know what it takes to reopen a case. Once it's closed, it's closed,” Amy Becerra told the news station. “If she expires her visa, she is officially here as an undocumented alien and legally is at risk for deportation, even though both her parents are citizens. It's inconceivable that a child of two citizen parents would have to live out their life as an undocumented alien in this country.”
McAllen, Texas — Running a human stash house can be quite profitable, as the Border Patrol suggests in recent court filings. Human traffickers earn thousands of dollars for hiding undocumented immigrants from authorities. The KENS 5 Border Team followed up on the story that first broke a week ago. Information has surfaced that better explains what was going on behind closed doors. A confession by a detained undocumented immigrant seeking to get past a border patrol check point in Falfurrias, Texas is what gave investigators the lead they needed to crack down on the human stash house. On August 6, 29 undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Central America and China were arrested. Among them, 3 Mexicans
Over 100 people, including some Indians, have been detained by the US border patrol and immigration officials in separate enforcement actions for illegally entering and living in the country. Federal Officers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 45 people in the Houston area for violating US immigration laws during a five-day enforcement action. The agency did not give the total number of Indian nationals arrested during the operation. Individuals arrested during this operation included nationals from Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Cuba, Nigeria, India, Chile and Turkey, ICE said in a statement. The local enforcement
TUCSON, Ariz. — Federal authorities say an Ethiopian man using a fake identity while living in Tucson was a member of a terrorist group. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that Mohamed Abdirahman Osman was indicted in federal court on eight counts of making false statements to immigration authorities. Authorities allege his wife, Zeinab Abdirahman Mohamed, also hid his identity. She faces three charges. An indictment filed this week shows that Osman used a fake Somalian passport to get to the U.S. He told authorities he sustained injuries in a terrorist attack in Somalia but had actually been hurt while handling explosives, according to the indictment. Police believe Osman was a member of
Moroccan authorities have forcefully relocated hundreds of migrants in recent days from camps and homes in the kingdom's north, a local official and a rights group said Saturday. "This is an operation that is part of the fight against illegal immigration," said an official speaking on behalf of local authorities in Tangier. "The authorities continued Saturday to drive migrants by bus from Nador and Tangier to the town of Tiznit, near Agadir" in the country's south, Omar Naji of the Moroccan Human Rights Association said.