While there has been much discussion about the cost of building a wall along the border with Mexico, there has been almost none about the financial impact of Trump’s proposed end to the “catch and release” policy, which would require those here illegally to remain in custody until they appear in court. That program will require Trump to double or even triple the Department of Homeland Security’s $2.2 billion detention budget.
Trump doesn’t concern himself with the hardship his wall extension would have on the hard-working people living along the border. Rather than walling-off borders, our true national security requires that we reach across them in all directions.
“We did discuss the wall, we didn’t discuss payment of the wall, that will be at a later date, this was a very preliminary meeting, it was an excellent meeting,” Trump said.
If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.
By Stacey Leasca, Javier Panzar, and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times MCALLEN, Texas — Prominent journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas on Tuesday. Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, tweeted that he was going to go through security carrying a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution and his […]
Jessica Colotl is a gainfully employed college graduate, a fresh-faced young woman working as a legal assistant at an Atlanta law firm. She’s also a symbol of a sharp dispute between President Obama and a group of his now-wavering allies — Latino voters who detest his deportation policy. Colotl, whose parents brought her to the […]
Today the Weekend Reader brings you Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security by Todd Miller. Miller has been researching immigration and border issues for the past 15 years and denounces the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. In Border Patrol Nation, Miller sheds light on the reality of border wars with interviews and on-the-ground research […]
Americans now find developing a plan to deal with the nation’s undocumented immigrant population to be equally important as securing U.S. borders, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll finds that 44 percent of Americans say it’s extremely important for the United States to develop a plan to deal with undocumented immigrants who […]
As congressional Republicans trash President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, the leaders of the GOP’s House majority are signaling that they’re finally ready to move on one of the priorities that the president identified in his 2013 speech: Immigration reform. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner presented the party leadership’s immigration plan […]