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Trump Plots Potemkin Wall

In January 2018, contractors working for the Department of Homeland Security will begin to fulfill what Donald Trump has promised: building “a big, beautiful wall” that will separate the United States of America from Los Estados Unidos de Mexico.

October 2, 2017
Border Wall

Why Trump’s Wall Is Not Going To Happen

Donald Trump has served one-seventh of his constitutionally allotted term of office, and given his talent for self-destruction, there is no guarantee he will get to serve the remaining six-sevenths. But whether he does or not, one thing is a safe bet: When he leaves the White House, there will not be a wall running the length of our southern border.

August 29, 2017
Wall

Trump’s Wall Plan Ignores Immigration Realities

Though the president has promised to treat the Dreamers “with heart,” his xenophobic impulses have kept the waters roiled, making a grand bargain on immigration reform nigh impossible. Even as a political mirage, Trump’s wall is a formidable barrier to the American Dream for our undocumented neighbors.

August 25, 2017
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Trump Begged Mexico’s President Not To Tell The Truth About His Vile Border Wall

The president admitted as much during a January 27 call with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. Transcripts of the conversation published Thursday by the Washington Post offer proof that Trump has long been aware the Mexican government will not fund the border wall project, despite his endless assurances to the contrary. In the call, he pleads with Peña Nieto to play along with his ruse.

August 5, 2017
U.S. Mexico wall

Border Agency Set To Jumpstart Trump’s Wall In A Texas Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress.

July 29, 2017
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Trumpty Dumpty: He’s Off The Wall

As President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico, the problem that world powers have when they pick fights with seemingly powerless countries is that even small dogs have sharp teeth.

May 11, 2017
Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
Trump, Wall, Mexico

Trump Invites Bids To Build Wall, Emphasizes Importance Of ‘Aesthetics’

In a little-noticed update, the Department of Homeland Security now says it wants a wall that will be “nominally 30 feet tall,” and that bids will be judged on “aesthetics,” as well.

March 9, 2017
Wall, Drug cartels

Why Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Won’t Stop The Drug Cartels

The existing barrier, which already covers one-third of the border with Mexico, has not stopped the drugs or the cartels, and closing the gaps won’t change that. More effective and less expensive measures exist to combat the narcos, from better anti-money laundering rules to legalizing drugs.

March 7, 2017
Conan

#EndorseThis: Conan Goes To Mexico, Faces ‘Extreme Vetting’

On last night’s episode of Conan, the fearless late night host packed a bag and took his show on the road — to Mexico. O’Brien’s goal: Use his comedic platform to build goodwill among our Mexican neighbors.

March 2, 2017
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Most Trump Supporters Want A Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

President Trump is targeting millions of people for possible deportation, but Americans are warm to the notion that immigrants should be welcome. In fact, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that even 72 percent of Trump’s own supporters want a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

February 28, 2017
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5 Best Anti-Trump Statements At The Oscars

President Trump’s ongoing feud with the media was on full display at the 89th annual Academy Awards, where stars and presenters shared spirited reflections on the new administration’s first month.

February 27, 2017
Conan, Trump's Wall, Mexico

#EndorseThis: Conan Takes Up A Collection For Trump’s Wall

The always helpful Conan O’Brien headed to Mexico to give President Trump a hand in financing his controversial pet project. Roaming the streets of Mexico City, the affable TBS host brought a tiny brick wall “bank,” asking for coin donations from the Mexican people – whose reactions ranged from amused to angry.

February 24, 2017
Immigrants

New Rules, Same Humans

No matter how much undocumented immigrants pay in taxes and Social Security, and regardless of what they contribute to their communities, they are now more vulnerable than ever before. Something as simple as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign can lead to one person’s deportation and the devastation of an entire family.

February 24, 2017
A Salvadoran father (R) carries his son while running next to another immigrant as they try to board a train heading to the Mexican-U.S. border, in Huehuetoca, near of Mexico City, June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

Mexican Official Says Deporting Non-Mexicans To Mexico Is A ‘Non-Starter’

Mexican officials have flatly rejected the Trump administration’s plan to deport to Mexico migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, regardless of nationality. The officials said Mexico will never accept the return of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans, and others who traveled through the country on their way to the United States, most often to ask for asylum here.

February 23, 2017
Immigration

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Eviscerates Trump’s Cruel Immigration Plans

Meyers ridiculed Trump for completely fabricating the idea of an uncontrollable immigrant crime wave and for inflating the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, noting the non-alternative fact of a net loss of 140,000 Mexicans between 2009 and 2014. “That’s right,” quipped the Late Night host. “America has turned into a bad movie and people are walking out.”

February 23, 2017
Dreamers, Immigration

Under New Immigration Guidelines, ‘Dreamers’ Are Safe — For Now

President Donald Trump’s administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers,” but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released on Tuesday.

February 21, 2017
Trump confronts press

Combative Trump: ‘How Does The Press Get This Information?’

His main complaint was that the news media had uncovered leaks about intercepted communications between Michael Flynn, ousted this week as national security adviser and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kisylak, and leaks about his own conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. “The first thing I thought of, how does the press get this information?” he asked.

February 16, 2017
Wall, Ecosystems, Environment

Forget Mexico: The Environment Will Pay For Trump’s Wall

A political act of this kind can have far-reaching consequences for the ecological and even evolutionary landscapes. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has estimated that the wall will threaten 111 endangered species as it passes through four key wildlife reserves on the U.S. side of the border and several nature reserves on the Mexican side.

February 14, 2017
Drug War

Mexico Should Make Trump Pay For The Drug War

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto can continue to do Washington’s bidding, ensuring his political demise, or he can challenge Trump by asking why Mexico should fight North America’s drug war on its own soil and at its own expense. If Trump persists in sending a bill to Mexico City for his wall, Mexico should seriously consider sending a bill in return to Washington to pay for the U.S. drug war.

February 11, 2017
Border Wall

Who Will Pay For Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful’ Wall?

Independent estimates from MIT researchers of initial construction costs run from US$25 billion to $40 billion – a far cry from the $15 billion claimed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell – plus $500 million to $750 million per year to keep the barrier repaired. One way or another, it is U.S. taxpayers who will pay for Trump’s border wall – not the Mexicans.

February 8, 2017
Trump, Wall, Border

Trump Touts Border Wall While Undocumented Immigration Is Declining

Like his attempts to spread lies about the U.S. unemployment rate (not to mention lies about the size of his inauguration crowd), Trump’s argument for building a wall is built on the fabrication that America is under siege from undocumented immigrants. It’s not. Trump’s proposal is a radical fix for a dilemma already in decline

January 31, 2017
Danziger: tough weenie Spicer explains who will pay for that wall

Danziger: Gringo Loco

Sean Spicer, the new presidential press secretary, is one tough weenie — so Danziger pictures him in a bar somewhere south of the border, muttering nonsense about making Mexico pay for Trump’s wall.

January 29, 2017
Border Wall

Trump’s Border Wall Lunacy Won’t End Well

Immigrants and their families are deeply entrenched in America, which is why a wide range of interests pushed back when Trump let his orders fly. Mayors, police chiefs, legal scholars, refugee advocates, educators, and everyday citizens have all signaled their determination to resist his policies.

January 29, 2017
Mexico, Trump, Wall

There’s Much More At Stake In Trump’s Blowup With Mexico Than A Wall

The U.S. and Mexico are partners in a variety of cross-border cooperative agreements, but President Trump’s continued criticism of Mexico threatens to return U.S.-Mexico relations to the frosty state they were in the last century, when the relationship was so delicate that Nazi Germany made a play for an alliance with Mexico.

January 27, 2017